According to meteorologists, there are still a few more cold months until the weather starts getting warm again – even though the official day of spring is only a couple of weeks away. When it comes to your swimming pool, it is just as critical to take care of it during the winter as it is during the summer. In the colder months, our pools can become magnets for bacteria and detritus, like falling leaves and twigs. The last thing you want is to disregard your pool in the winter and then wind up spending a fortune cleaning it up when the sun finally comes out. Here are five steps to prepare your swimming pool for winter.
- Make sure that you check your pool’s chemical levels and acidity levels. Checking the chemical levels of a pool is important, because you want to make sure there is enough chlorine to keep the pool clean. Moreover, you want to make sure that there isn’t too much chlorine. If you purchased an aqua-therapy pool from SwimEx, you certainly don’t want to skip a day of exercise – all because there is too much or not enough chlorine in the pool. There are many aquatic therapy benefits, but not if your eyes are stinging from the chlorine.
- Make sure to drain the water from the pump. In especially cold climates, any pool water in your pump’s pipes can result in freezing, which can ultimately result in a burst pipe. You may also want to remove water from your filter and skimmers as well. Not only will you have burst pipes to contend with, but also the frozen water could cause the entire filtration system to back up and break down, which can be quite costly to repair.
- Make sure to clean out your pool. The last thing you want is for lots of detritus and bacteria to build up and sit in your pool. So, make sure that you clean the sides and bottom of your pool thoroughly. If there is a lot of detritus, you may want to hire a specialized pool cleaner. There are also automated systems that can clean your pool for you, but they can be out of some people’s price ranges.
- Make sure to drain the water below the skimmer bucket level. When there is less water in your pool, there is less of an impact on the filter and other mechanisms that keep your pool running efficiently. So, using the skimmers as a marker, you want to drain your pool to the point where the water level is just below the skimmers. Keeping the pool level down will also protect the water from bacteria and chemical neutralization.
- Make sure to cover the pool. Your last step is to cover the pool. Yes, after all that other work, you want to use a quality pool cover. You want the pool cover to be thick enough for wandering wild animals and for snow cover. In the end, the better you protect your pool, the better shape it will be in for swimming in the springtime.