Properly winterizing your pool is essential in keeping the pool’s structure, plumbing, and equipment in tip top shape, so here are some of our tips on what you should do to close your pool when the time comes this season.
Smart pool owners will begin testing the water of the pool one week before fully winterizing their pool. Regularly begin checking the weather forecast starting in September (or later, depending on where you live) and make sure that you leave yourself enough time to close the pool before the temperatures sink below freezing.
Not sure whether you should completely empty your pool or not? When in doubt, it’s always best to keep the pool full rather than drain it. Draining a pool without taking the proper precautions can result in the build up of hydrostatic pressure, which can completely destroy in-ground concrete pools.
On the day that you plan on officially closing your pool, take the time to thoroughly vacuum all areas of the pool. Check your pool filter and see whether or not it has a “waste” indicator”. If not, make sure that the vacuum is kept only on the “filter” position.
Next, you’ll want to go about treating the water. This means balancing:
Winterizing treatments are a “must” for anyone who lives in a colder climate, as the water in your pool can become corrosive when temperatures dip below 28°F. But it isn’t so necessary in a warmer climate like Arizona.
Depending on the type of cover that you’ll be placing over your pool, you should lower the water level as follows:
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