Having your own pool in your yard means not having to pack up your swimming gear, load your mode of transport, and travel miles to your favorite beach or lake every time you want to enjoy a day of water play. However, unlike your favorite beach or lake, your pool requires proper care to maintain its refreshing, sparkling water, especially during the winter when frigid temperatures and snowy, icy conditions can wreak havoc on your pool.
In fact, as part of your winter pool care, it is important to incorporate the following winterizing tips to help safeguard your pool, which will help prolong its beauty, as well as its life, so you always have your oasis when you need it.
Remove All Dirt and Debris From the Pool
During the fall, right before you close the pool, thoroughly clean the pool, so it is free of debris. In doing so, it helps prevent the debris from turning into dirty sludge as the pool sits unused over the next few months, which can not only render your pool unsafe but also damage the pool. It will also help make getting the pool ready for use much easier when you reopen it in the spring.
Use a pool leaf rake to remove any large pieces of debris from the top of the water and then use a vacuum to remove any sediment and debris from the bottom. You should also use a soft, non-abrasive pool brush to clean the pool walls and above the waterline, as well as behind ladders and around steps, which are also known to harbor scale and grime.
You could also hire a pool cleaning service roseville to properly clean your pool before winter, which can help save resources and time doing it yourself, as well as also give you greater confidence knowing it's done right.
Lower the Water Level
Lowering the pool water level before winterizing your pool helps prevent the plumbing lines from freezing and bursting, which can damage your plumbing system.
Meanwhile, not completely draining the pool of water helps protect the pool liner against rips and tears. This can occur as a result of accumulated debris throughout the winter, as well as the winter weather itself, which can cause the liner to dry out, shrink and become cracked.
As a general rule, drain the water until it is below the skimmer level, which also enables you to clean out the pool parts. If your pool's pump and skimmer system are removable, remove the parts and then drain a bit of water to allow room for them to expand and contract throughout winter.
Inspect and Drain the Pool Parts
You should also backwash the filter to remove any debris and drain the filter tanks.
Any small removable parts, such as the drain plug on the filter, should also be removed and stored in the pump basket, so they are easy to find when you reopen the pool.
When you hire pool maintenance Roseville ca to help prepare your pool for winter, they can also thoroughly inspect your pool parts and make any necessary repairs to ensure your pool is running efficiently and ready to go upon reopening. We will also ensure all necessary pool parts are thoroughly drained of water to prevent freezing, which can damage your parts and lead to costly repairs.
Balance the Water
Because some water will remain in your pool over the winter, it is important to keep the water properly balanced to deter bacteria and algae growth. Therefore, you will need to add chlorine and an algaecide to the water to help keep it balanced during the next few months. However, be sure not to add too much chlorine to the water because it can bleach the pool liner.
You can also add an enzyme product to the water to help further break down contamination and to also help prevent a water ring from developing, so you won't have to scrub your tile when you reopen your pool.
After about two months of the pool not being in use, check your water balance again to be sure it is still balanced; otherwise, if the water is unbalanced, it can allow algae and bacteria to grow.
You should also try to reopen the pool before the weather gets too warm because the warmer the weather gets, the warmer the pool water will get, which provides the perfect environment for algae growth.
When balancing your pool water pool for winter, don't forget to check with your local pool companies roseville ca for the best pool products, as well as the proper measurements, to help keep your pool healthy and your parts free from damage.
Use a Good Pool Cover
Adding a pool cover to your pool is essential for protecting it against snow, debris, and even wild animals that might find their way into your pool and its parts over the winter. It is equally important to ensure the cover fits tightly to prevent contaminants from entering the pool through the gaps.
Therefore, after adding your cover to the pool, be it is securely attached. This means, be sure the cover fully covers the pool and that all cables and cover clips are tightly secured to prevent any gaps and to ensure the cover stays in place.
Once you have properly attached the cover, check it periodically throughout the winter to be sure it is still tightly secured. Otherwise, if the pool cover attachments become loose, it can allow the cover to slide into the pool.
If you have an air pillow pool cover, be sure it hasn't started to go flat. If so, add a new air pillow cover under the existing one and then inflate it.
Keep the Pool Cover Clean Throughout the Winter
Should any debris, such as twigs and leaves, accumulate on the pool cover over the winter months, it can mix with sleet, rain, snow, or hail and create a stagnant, watery mess, which can spill into your pool. Therefore, be sure to remove any debris from your pool cover often to help keep it clean, and thus your pool.
Any standing water should also be removed from the cover, using a wet vac, to prevent it from turning into ice, which can develop sharp edges as it melts that can cut the cover, as well as the liner, as it floats about. Excess snow accumulation should also be removed from the cover, which can be done using a roof rake, because it creates excess weight, which can also damage the cover.
You could also place an air pillow in the center of the pool to help direct water and debris to the side of the cover, which will help make it easier to clean.
No matter which method or tools you use to keep your pool cover clean, just be careful when removing the snow, ice, water, or debris to prevent damaging the cover.
For help winterizing your pool this winter, feel free to contact our pool service roseville for all your pool needs.