When the temperature in the thermometer starts to drop, you know that it is time to put your pool away for the season. Closing a pool is a task that takes some time and some effort, but the truth is that it is essential if you want to make sure that your pool makes it through the cold months without damage. The process takes about a week, and there are some things that you absolutely need to keep in mind.
In the first place, you need to take care of the water. After a thorough vacuuming, the water needs to be treated with sanitizers, stabilizers and algicides in order to last through the winter in a pristine state. After these chemicals are added, the water needs to be lowered until it is around 45 centimeters beneath the pool’s coping.
Thoroughly cleaning your pool before you close it is essential. If you do not do this, you may be in for a very nasty surprise when you peel the cover back when the warm months roll around.
After the water is lowered, the water needs to be removed and drained from the piping. At the same time, drain as much water as you can from the heater and the filter, adding antifreeze to the water that remains. This prevents your equipment from freezing over. The valves should be drained, and if any of the valves are below the water level, they should be sealed as securely as possible. The less water that is in the valves, the better.
When the water has been lowered, the next step involves taking out the accessories, like any handrails, ladders or diving boards. These should be cleaned thorough and then stored in a dry place that ideally has some insulation. These items can become damaged or cracked in cold weather, so keep your climate in mind when you are thinking about how you can best serve your pool accessories.
The next step is to take care of the pump and the motor. The pump should be drained. While you can do this by removing the plugs, you can also simply use a wet/dry shop vac to take care of this task. Similarly, the motor should be removed and stored in a place that is both dry and warm. Remember that the power that leads to the motor should be disconnected. After this is done, you can simply cover the pool. There are a number of different pool covers to choose from, and the key to choosing the right one is to simply find out what would be most convenient for you. Remember that whatever cover you use, you should make sure that it can be secured tightly to the edge of the pool in order to keep out dirt and debris.
If you want to make sure that your pool stays in good shape throughout the winter, remember that proper preparation is key. Take a look at the manuals that you have for your specific pool’s equipment and follow them to the letter.