Summer is coming to a close…it went by so fast!
Even though swim season can be extended with the use of solar pool heating systems, for many pool owners, it’s time to start thinking about getting the pool ready for the fall and winter seasons.
The pool health experts at The LeverEdge are here to help with a quick, 12-step checklist for making sure your pool is in tip-top shape in preparation for the cooler months ahead.
- Clean the Pool: Start by removing any debris, leaves, and dirt from the pool using a skimmer or pool vacuum. A clean pool will be easier to maintain during the offseason.
- Balance the Water Chemistry: Test the water’s pH, alkalinity, and calcium hardness levels. Adjust them to the recommended range to prevent corrosion or scale buildup. Shock the pool to eliminate any bacteria or contaminants.
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- Lower Water Level: To accommodate for winter rainfall and snowfall, lower the water level to about 18 inches below the pool’s coping. This helps prevent damage from freezing.
- Winterize Pool Equipment: Turn off and drain all pool equipment, including the pump, filter, and heater. Store them in a dry, protected area to prevent freezing and damage.
- Remove and Store Accessories: Take out any pool accessories like ladders, diving boards, or toys. Clean and store them in a dry place to prevent deterioration.
- Cover the Pool: Invest in a quality pool cover designed for winter use. Make sure it’s securely fastened to keep debris out and retain heat.
- Winterize Plumbing: If you live in a region with freezing temperatures, use pool antifreeze to protect the plumbing lines. Blow out and plug all lines to prevent damage from ice expansion.
- Monitor Water Level: Throughout the winter, periodically check the pool’s water level. Top it up if necessary to prevent damage to the pool structure.
- Winterize the Deck Area: Clean and seal your pool deck to protect it from the elements. Store outdoor furniture and grills in a dry place.
- Check Cover Regularly: Inspect the pool cover periodically to ensure it’s secure and free from debris. Remove snow and ice buildup to prevent damage.
- Maintain Proper Ventilation: If you have an indoor pool area, ensure it has adequate ventilation to prevent moisture-related issues like mold and mildew.
- Plan for Spring Opening: Make a checklist for the spring reopening of your pool, including scheduling maintenance and water testing.
By following this checklist, you can ensure your pool remains in good condition during the fall and winter months, making it easier to enjoy when the warmer weather returns.
Remember to consult your pool’s manufacturer guidelines and consider local climate conditions for specific recommendations.
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