Winterization can be a time-consuming, multi-step process and has to be performed correctly or you can cause damage to vital equipment in your pool. This is the process for the majority of pool’s but the exact location you live, volume of your pool, and exact type of equipment you have may have subtle variations in the steps involved.
Taking the effort to properly close a pool is critical for pool owners with hard winters, as it protects against both winter damage that can cost thousands in pool repairs and saves some sanity during spring cleaning. It’s a process that can alleviate a lot of future tension and set you up for pool opening success, so knowing how to close your pool is critical.
Improperly closing your pool can result in nearly irreversible imbalanced water and ice damage to your pool’s frame, which can be costly. It would be less expensive to purchase a suitable cover and chemicals to close your above ground swimming pool for the upcoming frigid winter. There are numerous critical components to properly closing your pool and caring for your investment.
Homeowners understand the need of protecting their pipes inside their houses over the winter, but pool pipes also require care and repair before the worst weather arrives. You must take extra care before, during, and after the season. The water will not freeze if you run water through the filter and pump to ensure constant water flow. Otherwise, the hefty expenditures of repairs and utility bills are unavoidable.
The harsh weather conditions that occur throughout the winter season can cause damage to more than just the pipes. If you do not winterize your pool, the water may turn green with algae. If the chlorine system fails, you’ll have to say goodbye to the lovely blue pool you know and love. Come April, your pool will be a drab sight that will put a serious dent in your cash. Bacteria that feed on algae may provide health hazards. To safeguard your pool and your family from this problem, clean it thoroughly during the winterizing process and check under the cover on a regular basis to ensure that nothing has gone wrong.
Pool filters are essential for keeping your pool clean and safe to swim in. When your pool is in use, you can choose from a selection of filters. However, if you do not winterize your pool with care and attention, this filter may shatter, resulting in a disastrous situation for your pool. Remove plugs and valves before ice develops and expands due to pressure.
When temperatures consistently fall below 65°F, it’s time to close your pool for the season; for our friends in the colder regions of the country, this may be in September, and for those in the warmer regions, it could be in October or November.
Even if you are not using your pool, it is critical that you run your filter and chlorinate it until it is closed. This will make closing your pool for the season easier and prevent your water from deteriorating before ultimate closure.
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