Freezing temperatures and winter storms can cause damage to your pool and shorten the life of the structure and equipment. Pools left uncovered in the winter also pose a greater drowning risk as cold water can cause confusion, disorientation and impair one’s ability to call for help. So preparing your pool properly for the colder months ahead is not only recommended for preserving your pool’s value, but also for protecting area children and animals. It can also save you a lot of work when you’re ready to open your pool again in spring.
If you don’t already have a water testing kit, make sure that you go out and purchase one before you close your pool for winter. A water testing kit will include all of the tests you need to maintain your water chemistry while the pool is closed. When the pH levels in the water are off, you risk damaging your pool and creating a need for expensive repairs in the spring. Adding the correct amount of chlorine to the pool is also an important part of winter pool maintenance. You will need to make sure the water is shocked enough so that viruses and bacteria will not be able to survive the winter months.
Another chemical that you will need to use to close your pool for winter is something to kill the algae. If you are in a warmer climate, there is more of a chance that algae will try to make a home in your pool. These chemicals can be dangerous, so be sure to wear protective gear when working with these types of chemicals.
You will need a skimmer and a pool vacuum to make sure your pool is free of debris before you complete the closing of your pool. Once you have gotten rid of the debris, it is time to install your swimming pool cover.
The best pool cover is one that is tight fitting. This will keep out ice and debris over the coming months.
If you anticipate snow or ice this winter, it’s a good idea to store your deck chairs and patio furniture, as well as any potted plants and outdoor decorations like chimes and portable water features. Don’t forget to remove your garden hose and store it.