Winterizing Pool Tips
When the air turns crisp and the trees shed their autumn hues, it makes me nostalgic for the warm Summer days full of giggles, cannonballs, and the smell of smokey burgers wafting from the grill.
Fall is a beautiful time of the year, which heralds the arrival of pumpkins, turkeys, and eventually winter.
When the first cool breezes start blanketing Tennessee, it’s time to prepare for the fall activities, and winterize your pool.
If you’re going to run your pool through the winter, which many people do, you know that as long as water is moving through ALL your pipes and tubing, it won’t get cold enough to freeze.
But, you’re risking trouble if a winter ice storm blows through and knocks out your power.
It’s usually the 2nd week of February when disaster strikes…
We had a customer – let’s call him Jake – who ran his pool in winter and suffered thousands of dollars worth of pipe damage when a massive winter storm killed his power and everything froze.
Watching your pool die in winter is agonizing. Learn how to winterize a pool the right way, and save yourself the heartache of a shorter Summer.
7 tips for winterizing a pool
1. Balance The Water Chemistry
Grab a test kit and make sure the chlorine, alkalinity, pH, and total hardness are at the recommended levels. Make sure to balance the pool water chemistry before winterizing the pool. There are winter chemical kits available that also help protect the water during the winter months. The winterization kits add a higher dose of chlorine and algeacide needed to protect your pool during the winter.
2. Clean Out Debris
Make sure the pool is clean from leaves and debris. Leaves have tannins that can dissolve in the water and stain the pool surface if left for extended periods of time. Clean out the skimmers and pump baskets too. Left over debris eats up sanitizer in the water and could make your pool turn an ugly green color. Yuck.
3. Flush Your Pipes
When water freezes, it expands with tremendous force. The pressure it puts on your pipes will rupture them. If they rupture, you’re in for a serious migraine. Protect your pipes and your equipment. Drain all the water from the pool equipment – no water, no freezing – to prevent damage your pumps, skimmers and intakes.
4. Add A Winter Pool Cover
Cover the pool if you have a lot of trees & leaves so they won’t make an enormous mess. A safety pool cover can protect your pets and little ones from accidentally falling in and there are tarp type covers for pools that have water tubes that weight the cover down.
5. Shut Off Pool Automation
Turn off the breaker that runs your pool automation system or other electronics like pumps, timers, and lights. If the breaker is on, and a timer light up, you run the risk of turning on a pump that doesn’t have any water in it – which burns up the gaskets and fry’s the pumps. Ouch.
6. Insider Trick: Warm Garden Hoses
Water does evaporate from your pool in winter. Especially during those days in middle Tennessee when the temps are above freezing. If the hoses are frozen, there’s no way to fill the pool, and the water running from the hose to the spigot could break one of your interior plumbing connections. Disconnect hoses from your spigots, and keep them in the garage, or under the house where they can’t freeze and harden.
7. Visit Your Pool During The Winter
Check on your pool periodically to make sure the water level is where you left it after its been winterized. Every year we get calls from people that don’t realize they’ve had a leak until the pool is closed. Also, if you see any algae you can dilute granular chlorine in a bucket of pool water and pour it into the pool to keep it from turning that nasty green color.
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Closing your pool doesn’t have to be a sad affair
Takes these maintenance tips to heart, and rest easy over the winter knowing that your pool is ‘swim ready’ as soon as the pollen season hits. Have questions? Let us know!