An Eight-Step Guide to Preparing Your Pool for Winter

October 19, 2016 9:26 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A pool is more than just a source for summer fun—it’s also an investment. Like any other major investment, it should be maintained properly. One of the most important steps in proper pool maintenance is winterizing your pool. Preparing your pool for winter will not only save you time and money when you are ready to reopen it again in the summer, but it can also help you avoid costly repairs. Here are eight steps to help guide you through preparing your pool for winter:

  • Check pH levels: Check your pH levels to make sure that they are between 7.2 and 7.8 to avoid stains and the growth of algae. You should also shock your pool to kill off any algae blooms, destroy any combined chlorines and rid your pool of organics from swimmers that may still be in the water. If you are unsure of how to do this, be sure to use a professional pool service in Mandeville, LA.
  • Remove all equipment and accessories: In order to proper clean and seal your pool, you will need to first remove any equipment and accessories. This includes ladders, rails, furniture, special lighting and so on.
  • Clean bottom and sides of pool: Use a pool brush to thoroughly scrub the sides and bottom of your pool to remove and algae, dirt and other buildup. Then use a skimmer and pool vacuum to remove all the loosened debris from the water. This can be a time-consuming step without the right equipment. A local pool service in Mandeville, LA would be able to do this step as well.
  • Clean filter, skimmer and pump: Shut off the filter pump, filter heater and all other equipment, and drain the pump. Once this is done, you can then clean the filter, drain pump, pump basket and all other equipment. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for storing.
  • Lower the water level: You should lower the water level of your pool to just below the water jets or where the filtered water is returned back into the pool. (Never completely drain your pool.) Once this is done, use an air compressor to blow the water out of the filtering system and plumbing.
  • Remove drain plugs: Remove the plugs from your pump, filter tank and other pool equipment. Store plugs according to manufacturer guidelines.
  • Cover pool: Place a professional-grade winter cover over your pool to protect it from debris. If you have pets or small children, it’s smart to use a safety cover
  • Use a cover pump: Place a cover pump on top of the pool cover in the center of the pool. This will help to drain excess water that may accumulate on the cover over time due to snow and rain.

To help protect your pool and make reopening your pool for summer less of a headache, it’s important to properly winterize your pool. By following our eight-step guide, you can be sure that your pool is ready for the winter months ahead. For more information, get in touch with Tropical Pool Services & Renovations, LLC, your trusted pool service in Mandeville, LA.

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