Proper Pool Service In Preparation For Winter

by Pool Builders on 09-15-2013 in Articles

Outdoor swimming is a warm weather activity. In regions where seasonal temperature changes limit your swimming fun to the summer months, it's important to follow certain procedures in order to keep your aquatic systems intact and functional for many seasons to come. That means, before the cold weather starts rolling in, you or a professional pool service technician need to perform certain tasks to close your pool properly and make sure it's in good shape for the coming winter months.

The first thing to attend to is the chemical aspect. A week before you close for good, adjust the pH level of the water to between 7.2 and 7.6. This will help prevent corrosion and scale buildup over the winter months. When you are ready to close, perform a shock treatment by mixing water and chlorine (or a non-chlorine alternative) in a 5-gallon bucket an adding the mixture to your filtration system. The shock treatment will raise the amount of chlorine in the water so as to kill any potentially harmful bacteria living there (please note that, at this point, your swimming days are officially over for the season, as swimming in highly chlorinated water is very dangerous). If you a working with a professional pool service, they may recommend special anti-algae or antifreeze treatments as well.

With the water taken care of, it's time to clean. Remove any and all ladders, ropes, diving boards, and other furniture and stow them in a place where they will be dry and secure during the winter months. Vacuum the bottom and sides, and skim the surface to remove any lingering dirt or debris (It is beneficial to do this just before placing the cover on, so that more dirt doesn't accumulate in the interim). Then, use the pumps to lower the water level as per the manufacturer's instructions. With that done, you can put on the cover - but you're not quite finished yet.

Shut off the heather and any other electrical equipment and prepare the equipment for storage over the winter months. It's important to drain all pumps and filters, as freezing over the winter can cause damage - anything from small leaks to full-blown malfunctions. If your filters can't be manually removed, you will need to use a vacuum or air compressor to make sure the any and all moisture is gone before packing the equipment up. Storing the parts in a climate-controlled environment is ideal, although a thorough cleaning and storage in a dry place will suffice if that isn't possible.

With that completed, it's time to sit back and waiting for the warm weather to return. Once a month, check on your pool to make sure everything is in order. Check the chlorine and pH levels, and make adjustments per the manufacturer's instructions. If you find yourself lacking the time to properly tend to regular maintenance, a professional pool service can help you with the closing tasks.

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