Who doesn’t love having a swimming pool during those warm summer months? There’s very little that’s more satisfying on a day off than a dip in the pool, but during those long winter months, the pool requires a little maintenance. These simple tips will help you keep the pool a fun, safe addition to your backyard rather than an unsightly drain on your finances.
Here are a few tips to help you get your pools set for winter:
Lower the water
Lowering the water in your pool may seem obvious, but it goes beyond simply draining the pool itself. If the weather typically drops below freezing in your neck of the woods, you really need to get in there and get out all the excess water from your pool’s plumbing. As noted by HomeTips.com, frozen water won’t ruin the pool structure, but it could wreak havoc on the pipes. They suggest using an air compressor to get as much water out of the pipes as you can, as well as the heater and filter. Otherwise, use specially designed pool anti-freeze (not automobile anti-freeze) which you should be able to get from any pool store. Don’t forget to chemically treat any remaining water to prevent algae bloom.
Make sure the pool cover is secure
SwimmingPool.com warns that pool covers are pivotal to protect your pool from snow, debris and animals. Before putting it on, make sure the cover is in good shape. You’ll also need to make sure it’s secure once put on, although the procedure varies for above ground and in-ground pools. Lastly, make sure to keep the top clear from debris, and during the winter months, try to clear off as much snow as you can after a storm. Excess weight can easily damage the cover, which would be a real hassle to change during the winter.
Know when to open the pool
While you might be tempted to leave the cover on until the weather merits a dip, this would be a mistake. There’s a danger that if you wait too long, the water will become stagnant leading to algae bloom. There’s no need to take it off while the weather is still cold, but when the weather hits about 70 degrees, you should open it up, although perhaps wait until the weather is relatively consistent. A good barometer is to open it about three weeks before you intend to use it.