3 Steps To Take To Winterize Your Pool
Are you sad that the end of summer means that you'll no longer be able to use your pool? Have you already prepared or started preparing your pool for the winter months ahead? If this is your first year owning a pool, you might not even realize that there are things you need to do to prepare the pool for the winter months. If you fail to do these things, you could be forced to repair your pool before you can use it again. You may even have to essentially install an entirely new pool. In order to prevent that from happening, here are some things that need to be done as soon as possible.
Hire a professional
If this is the first year that you've ever winterized a pool, it's a good idea to get someone to do it for you. Once you know how it works, you may decide to do your own pool maintenance next year but, for now, you should let a professional make sure your pool is winterized correctly. They'll be able to show you what needs to be done for your area and what aspects of winterizing you may be able to skip or avoid depending on your pool setup.
Change pool chemical mix
You aren't going to be using the exact same pool chemicals in winter as you do in summer, even if you do have a heated pool that can be used year-round. Using the wrong mix of chemicals as part of your winterizing pool maintenance could either damage the pool liner or it could allow algae and bacteria to take hold even in the cold of winter. An experienced professional will how much of what chemicals you should be adding to your pool to make sure everything is ready for use next year.
Unless you have a heated pool that you're going to keep using, it's a good idea to remove and drain the pump, per manufacturer's instructions. If you leave water in the pump through winter instead of performing this necessary step in pool maintenance in preparation for the next step, the water could freeze inside the pump and expand enough to cause damage. This is exactly like what happens when a home's water pipes burst due in the winter and it can damage your pump even if temperatures only drop to freezing once during the winter months. A qualified professional will be able to show you exactly how to prepare and store your pump so that it doesn't become damaged in the process.