If you haven’t already and you live somewhere that’s affected by freezing temperatures, then now is the time to winterize your in-ground swimming pool. Winterizing a pool simply refers to preparing it for the colder months and closing your pool until the weather is right for poolside lounging. It’s a necessary step to prevent damage to your in-ground swimming pool as a result of freezing temperatures and ice, while also keeping it as clean as possible until it’s time to open it in the springtime.
Despite what it seems, winterization doesn’t have to be complicated, drawn-out process. In fact, it makes opening your pool much easier when the time comes again, so you (and your wallet) will definitely thank yourself later.
When to Winterize Your In-Ground Pool
Assuming you don’t live in a region that allows you to leave your pool open 365 days a year, you’ll need to know what temperatures require pool closure. If you experience cold winters or seasons with temperatures that fall and stay below 65 degrees, then that’s when you’ll want to prepare to close your pool. Up until that point, continue testing and cleaning your pool water, so that when you do close your pool, the water is as clean as it should be. You don’t want to close your pool with dirty water trapped inside.
How to Winterize Your Pool
Now that you know the approximate temperatures that signal it’s time for you to winterize your in-ground swimming pool, it’s time to learn the steps necessary to do so.
As previously alluded to, you first ensure that your water is clean. This means checking that the water chemistry is balanced and adding winterizing chemicals to it. Additionally, you’ll want to remove any debris, leaves, dirt, bugs, and grime from the pool walls.
You’ll also want to drain the pool’s water level until it’s just below the skimmer or the tile border, or whichever is lower. This helps prevent freeze damage to your pool and its filtration system, and also it prevents the possibility of overflow.
Then, you’ll want to perform some in-ground swimming pool maintenance which includes clearing the plumbing lines and cleaning/draining the filter. You can blow the water out of the plumbing line using a shop vac, but you need to be sure to remove all water to prevent cracking from ice in the equipment. This can be a complex process, so if you live in a cold climate and need help doing it, or aren’t sure if you should do it, call professionals for assistance.
The filter, pump (and all other equipment) should be drained and cleaned, so there’s not debris sitting in it the entire time your pool is closed. Your final step is to cover your in-ground swimming pool to prevent debris or water from getting into it during the winter months.
Winterizing can be a complex process, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a hard one. However, if you’ve never done it before and you have questions or need assistance, Aqua Blue Pools is here to help all throughout Central Arkansas. Just call us! We can be reached at 501-288-8484.