Three Easy Steps to Winterizing Your Swimming Pool

by Pool Builders on 12-27-2009 in Articles

If you own a backyard swimming pool and live in a cooler locale, you are going to want to make sure you properly winterize your pool. If you fail to do this, you can potentially cause a lot of damage to your pool. Because of this potential catastrophe, this article is going to discuss how to properly winterize your swimming pool in three easy steps.

First, you should lower the level of water in the pool. If you have pool skimmers, a good rule of thumb is to lower the water level to a few inches below the skimmers. Since water expands when it freezes, lowering the water level will keep the expanding ice from damaging the pool. In case you are wondering, many people have had to do pool repairs in the spring because they did not heed this step.

Second, you should clean the pool. These should involve two steps. First, you should use a pool cleaner to remove any accumulated debris, as well as clean the pool walls. Next, you should add the proper amounts of chlorine and winterizing compounds into the pool. Make sure that you follow the instructions on the package to ensure the chemicals work properly.

The last step is simply to cover your pool. We highly recommend you use a swimming pool cover for this purpose. Not only will the cover keep debris (in the form of leaves and insects) from accumulating on the bottom of the pool, it will also serve the secondary purpose of discouraging young children from entering the water while unsupervised.

As we have demonstrated, by taking these three steps above, you can ensure you pool will be ready on the first day of spring. Additionally, you will not have to worry about having to fix any damage that was done by the frozen water as it expands.

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