Closing Your Pool for Winter  

by Pool Builders on 12-16-2013 in Articles

Closing down your pool for winter months is a necessity for anyone looking forward to enjoying its comforts come spring time. The extreme temperatures of winter months can take its toll on the structure and equipment of your pool, severely reducing its longevity. To keep your pool squeaky clean during the off-season a few precautions are in order. Here are five of the more effective and efficient ways of protecting your pool from the damage done during this time of the year.

1.Balance out the chemicals!

Balancing the levels of pH, calcium hardness and alkalinity is the first step in this process as they are crucial to the maintenance and well- being of your pool. As a general indication, your pool should have a pH level ranging from 7.2 to 7.8, calcium hardness between 150 to 250 ppm and alkalinity of 80 to 100ppm to keep it in its best condition.

2.Adjust Chlorine levels of the water

Adjusting the Chlorine level of your pool prior to closing it is extremely vital as it eliminates bacteria and pollutants. Let the chlorine level settle to about 1 to 4 ppm and use winterizing agents and chlorine stabilizers to further balance the chemical levels of your pool. If unsure about the types of stabilizers suitable for your pool, contact your American Pool Services specialists for the latest products information.

3.Spick & Span

Remove and clean pool equipment such as ladders, decorative accessories, baskets and pool heaters followed by thoroughly cleaning your pool of any visible debris such as leaves and insects using a cleaning net. This step is extremely important in maintaining the condition of your pool during the winter months and preventing the growth of algae. You can also ask your pool specialists for appropriate algaecides which remove any existing bacteria in your pool and further assist in future prevention.

4.Lower the level of water and drain pool equipment

Lowering the level of water in your pool before shutting it off for a period of time is necessary to accommodate for the pool cover you wish to use. The lowered water level should sit under the skimmer and should support the pool cover when it is installed. The extreme weather conditions of winter can lead to water freezing and expanding resulting in severe damage to pool equipment. To save yourself the trouble of having to replace necessary pool gear when it's time to reopen your pool, be sure to drain all equipment such as pumps, heaters and filters.

5.Cover & cloak

Installing the pool cover is the last and final step in closing off your beloved pool. Pool covers are available in a large variety and act as a barrier for debris and bacteria which can pollute the water during winter time. For pool owners with abundant greenery and bushy surroundings, installing a cover will greatly help balance the hygiene levels. Insure that the cover fits tightly and securely, keeping away any leaves, bugs and insects. After all no one likes to welcome spring time with a nasty looking pool!

Following these five simple instructions can be the difference between a healthy and well-maintained pool and one that is not so welcoming for your family and friends. Looking after your pool in the time that is closed off will greatly impact its condition during the months that you use it as well as increasing its durability, it's like they say €you reap what you sow'!

For information on the latest pool covers, stabilizers, algaecides and more please contact your American Pool Services specialists.

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