The kids are back in school. Fall sports are in full swing. Winter is just around the corner. That means pool season is officially over.
What are ways to make your pool ready during cold weather? There are a few steps you should take to make sure your pool stays in good shape and is ready for you to dive in when spring arrives.
Here’s how to prepare your pool for the winter season.
You won’t be needing ladders and skimmers while the pool is out of use for the season. Remove all accessories such as cleaners, steps, solar blankets and skimmer baskets. Clean these thoroughly, and allow them to dry. Consult with your local pool supply experts if you need products to remove stubborn algae or other stains. Once these items are cleaned, store your accessories in a clean, dry place for the winter.
Clean the pool
You’ve probably been cleaning your pool for the entire summer season, but this time, you’ll want to give your pool a thorough, deep cleaning. Remove all debris, using a skimmer to get everything off the surface and a vacuum to ensure the bottom is clean. Finish off this step by brushing the sides and floor. Once this cleaning process is complete, cover the pool.
Balance the chemistry
Test the chemistry of the water one week before you want to close the pool for the season. The alkaline level should be between 80 parts per million (ppm) and 150 ppm, and the pH level should be between 7.2 and 7.6. The chlorine level should be between 1 ppm and 3 ppm. Lastly, the calcium hardness should be between 175 ppm and 225 ppm. If you can’t get the numbers exact, err on the high side, since the levels will decrease over time.
Drain the pool
If you think the temperatures will drop low enough to freeze the water, you’ll need to drain some of the water. You don’t need to empty your pool—simply lower the water level to about a foot below the skimmer for mesh covers or about 6 inches below the skimmer for solid covers. Keep in mind that this process can take a while, so allow plenty of time for the task.
The final step in how to prepare your pool for the winter season is to drain all the equipment. Small amounts of water left behind can freeze at night and then expand and cause damage to the equipment. Make sure all water has been removed; then store the equipment for the winter in a dry location.
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