Winterizing Your Pool
When the weather cools off enough to where you can no longer swim, it is time to start the process of winterizing your pool. Winterizing your pool has many benefits, mostly geared towards the longevity of your pool. Properly winterizing your pool also saves you a lot of work next pool season.
The main reason to winterize your pool is because it protects against potentially major damage due to freezing water. When water freezes it expands and can put pressure on pipes, walls, and equipment, potentially causing irreversible and costly damage. Winterizing protects all parts of your pool, from the equipment to the structure of the pool itself.
Winterizing your pool has many steps that must be followed properly. You can winterize your pool yourself, or you can hire a professional pool service to come do it for you. If you are at all unsure about you efficacy for winterizing your pool, it might be easier and more cost effective to hire the professional.
Steps In The Winterizing Process:
Balance The Water Chemistry
Balancing the water chemistry will help keep your prevent calcium buildup and corrosion. This is one of the most important steps in the winterizing process. About a week or so before you plan on closing your pool, get the water balanced properly. You can do this as you normally would, or you can also use a winterization kit.
Clean Your Pool
Take this time to clean your pool thoroughly, including the tiles. You will want to vacuum and/or flush out the filters as well. Do a very thorough cleaning job of every piece of equipment and part of your pool to help prevent scale buildup.
Drain The Pool
Drain the pool just to lower the water level some. Do not empty the pool. Only drain so that the water level is lowered down beneath the skimmer mouth. This will help in the event that the water freezes and expands, causing so much force that the walls and sides of the pool crack. Emptying the pool completely is perhaps even more harmful, however, because the pool can actually get dislodged due to the ground underneath the pool freezing and expanding.
Remove Equipment and Accessories
Remove all of your pump equipment, heaters, filters, fittings, and any other pool accessories. If you leave them in the pool during the winter they will become damaged. Drain them all completely before you put them away for the season.
The final step of the pool winterizing process is to cover your pool. You will need a separate cover than the one you would use during the summer, as a winter cover is more heavy duty and can stand up to rain and snowfall. Do a thorough inspection to ensure that there are no tears or weaknesses in the material or edges and if there are mend them.
Winterizing your pool can be a bit of a lengthy process, but it is an important part of the safety and longevity of your pool and equipment. If you fear that you do not have time or enough know-how to do it yourself, contact Hersey Pool Service in Jacksonville FL and have a seasoned professional take this chore off your hands.