As colder weather begins to set in, it’s a good idea to start considering closing your pool if you haven’t done so already. The colder elements can damage your pool structure, so it’s important to protect your investment by preparing it accordingly before the cold hits. Here are a few tips to get you started.
*Clean the pool out by removing all dirt and debris. If you leave them in the pool during the winter, they’ll decompose and cause algae and bacteria to build up.
*Test the water’s PH (7.2-7.6ppm), alkalinity (100-150ppm) and calcium hardness (180-200ppm) levels.
*Perform a shock treatment by rising the chlorine levels to over 3.0. Then, cycle the water to return the levels back to normal. This will prevent the water from corroding over the winter and forming scales on the sides of the pool.
*Clean and disconnect all pool parts. This includes the pump, pool filter and skimmer baskets. Turn off timers, heaters and remove cleaning robots. It’s also a good idea to empty the pipes to prevent water from freezing if the temperature drops. Finally, dry all equipment and store it away.
*Reduce the water level below the mouth of the skimmer inlet. If the water is left too high and it freezes over, you could potentially damage the tiles or plastic lining.
*Invest in a durable pool cover to prevent falling leaves, trees, and dirt from clogging your filter.
Following these tips will ensure that your pool is ready for another summer of fun!