As the days grow shorter and the temperature drops, it’s clear that winter is approaching. Properly winterizing your pool is important to ensure it stays in prime condition and ready for a refreshing swim when the warmer days return next year. To help you navigate the process of winter pool closing, here’s what you should do.
Clean and Balance the Water
Before you start the winterization process, make sure to balance the water chemistry in your pool. Adjust the pH, alkalinity, and calcium hardness to the recommended levels. If you need to get or restock some products, take a look at our selection here. This helps prevent corrosion and scale formation during the winter months and shocks the pool to eliminate any lingering contaminants.
Salt Cell Maintenance
When it comes to salt cells, the decision to leave them in or remove them during winterization generally depends on your specific situation. If you live in an area where freezing temperatures are relatively common, it’s often recommended to remove the salt cell. Freezing water can damage the cell, leading to costly repairs when spring comes around again. However, if your region experiences somewhat milder winters, leaving the salt cell in place with proper maintenance can be acceptable. Always consult your pool equipment manufacturer’s guidelines to know the best approach for your pool and climate!
Winter Pool Closing: Protect Your Equipment
Disconnect and store any removable pool equipment, such as ladders, diving boards, and skimmer baskets. Store these away until warmer temps return! Ensure that all water is drained from the pool pump, filter, and heater to prevent freezing damage on these, too. Consider using winterizing plugs to seal off plumbing lines and protect against water entering and freezing within the actual equipment.
Cover Your Pool
Covering your pool is super essential to keep out debris, leaves, and other contaminants during the chilly winter months. A quality pool cover not only protects your pool from debris, but it also helps maintain your water quality. Select a cover that fits securely for your pool design and is made for winter use. Some covers are specifically designed to handle the weight of snow, providing even more protection.
Heating Options for Winter Pools
If you enjoy lounging in your pool throughout the winter, you should consider investing in a pool heater or heat pump. These devices can greatly extend your swimming season by maintaining a comfortable water temperature, even in the colder season. Additionally, they can be used in tandem with a pool cover to enhance energy efficiency!
Properly closing your pool for the winter is essential to preserve its longevity and ensure a smooth reopening come spring. By following these key tips, you can protect your pool investment and enjoy a hassle-free swimming season next year.
As you prepare your pool for the cold season, visit us at Classic Pool Spa and Hearth online or in-store in Clackamas or Beaverton. Our experts can provide valuable advice and offer a range of products to help make your winterization process as easy as possible. Prepare for the colder months ahead and ensure your pool is ready to make a splash when the warmer days return!