When winter approaches, it is time to start preparing different aspects of your home for the rain, snow, and freezing temperatures. Among them include your swimming pool, which most likely doesn't get used when the temperatures drop. Even if you live in a mild climate, it may still be too cold to go swimming and your pool still needs to be prepared. Here are some tips to help you winterize your pool so it is still in good condition in the spring.
Get a Winterizing Chemical Kit
A good way to start winterizing your swimming pool is by purchasing a winterizing kit from your local swimming pool supply company or hardware store. These kits are great for convenience since it includes everything you need to prepare the chemicals for a long, cold winter. It also has detailed manufacturer's instructions that are easy to follow. They help to manage the chemical level through the winter so that you can use your pool when the weather heats up in the spring.
Remove the Floater
If you currently have a floater that contains a strong oxidizer, remove it during the winter. These types of floaters are great for the rest of the year since they help with the chlorine levels and reduce the risk of algae. However, floaters with a lot of oxidizing properties can stick to the wall of the pool and eventually stain it. If you insist on keeping a floater in the pool, choose one that has does not use chlorine or bromine as an oxidizer. Also avoid putting chlorine tablets in the pool.
Check the Water Chemistry
You need to continue balancing out the water chemistry when winterizing your pool. This includes checking and balancing the pH of the swimming pool, the calcium hardness, and the total alkalinity. This helps you to prevent staining and etching when your swimming pool is sitting still all winter long and not being used. Pool service companies can provide water chemistry balancing and other swimming pool winterizing tasks if you aren't sure how to do them yourself.
Cover the Pool
It is a good idea to keep a quality cover over your swimming pool, especially if you live somewhere that gets freezing temperatures. If the water in your pool completely freezes, it will melt when the temperatures get warmer, but this can also cause the swimming pool's surface to expand. It is best to avoid freezing by choosing a frost-resistant cover for your swimming pool.
You can ask a local pool company for more information on servicing options for a pool that won't be used for some time.