Pool Prep: Winter is Coming!
The winter season is growing near! So, it’s time to start prepping your pool. For anyone in the northern states, you know this doesn’t simply mean laying down a pool cover and calling it a day. Making sure your pool can endure a harsh winter means putting in a little extra effort. But trust us – it’s going to pay off!
Clean Clean Clean!
You want your pool to be in tip-top shape once you’re ready to jump back in next summer. So prior to preparation, make sure you clean out any insects, leaves, dirt or debris. Make sure you clean out the skimmer and pump basket, too. While you’re at it, go ahead and clean the tile. It will be easier before the winter cold gives the scum a foundation to set.
Balance the Chemicals
Measure water balance by using a water testing kit. This will help to prevent corrosion or scale build-up. Be sure to adjust the water to recommended levels of pH, total alkalinity, calcium, and chlorination. Most kits have these numbers in their directions, but just in case, ultimatepoolcare.com has them listed for you.
Freezing is the number one risk to your pool. A frozen pool can crack the concrete in the pool’s foundation, so it can be incredibly damaging. The best way to prevent your pool is to drain it, but not all the way! The expansion of the soil under the pool as the water in the soil freezes can rip the pool out of the ground. So keep some water in the pool to weigh it down. Also be sure that there is no water in the pipes by blowing the remaining water out with a wet-dry shop vacuum.
Covering the pool should be your final step. It’s important that your pool cover fits tightly. Be sure that there are no holes or gaps in the cover to prevent cool air and debris from entering. Try your best to stay away from covers that are made up of tarp-like material. They only last between one to three seasons and they hold very little weight. The better covers, while a little bit more of an investment, are mesh-like covers that almost resemble the material of a trampoline. These are called security covers. They hold a great amount of weight and can last up to 15 years.