How to Prepare Your Pool for Winter “Up North”
While pools aren’t typically “closed” for the winter in Texas, some of our clients who have vacation homes up north regularly ask us what they should do or have done at those homes. For this reason we’ve created a brief summary to help make sure your swimming pool is ready for winter.
Rather than leave your pool exposed to inclement weather for the next several months, take some advice from the team at Beyond Blue Pools and protect your pool all winter long.
Test the Water
Over the course of a warm spring, muggy summer, and sizzling fall, the pool gets plenty of exposure to swimmers and wild weather.
And, unbeknownst to most pool owners, that exposure usually changes the pH of the pool.
Ideally, the pH of your pool should fall between 7.2 and 7.8 before you close it up for winter. If the water in your pool is outside of those pH ranges—particularly if your pool’s pH is below 7.2— you’ll want to rebalance the pH before shutting the pool down.
Why? Because if your pool is too acidic the water can corrode the mental in your pumps, and eat away at the surface of the pool.
Although you can test the pH of your pool on your own, it’s much safer to leave the testing to a qualified professional who can measure your pH with precision.
Clear the Debris
Over the course of the year, sticks, stones, and other debris have found their way into your pool. And while you’ve no doubt worked tirelessly to keep the pool sparking clean, there are going to be things your pool skimmer missed.
So, before covering up for the winter, hire a professional pool cleaner to thoroughly vacuum the pool floor, brush down the walls, clean the steps, and scrub the ladder.
Give Your Pool Its Medicine
If your pool is going to go unused in the winter months, it’s best to treat the water with a prescription of chemicals to keep things in tip top shape for next spring.
Extra chlorine, algaecide, pool stain preventer, and other winterizing agents should be added to your pool to make sure your pool starts 2017 as sparklingly clear as it finished 2016.
When the pH has been measured and adjusted, the debris cleared, and the winterizers added, it’s time to say “so long” to your pool for the season, and put the cover on.
Before putting the cover on, make sure that it’s completely clean, free from debris, mold and other detritus that can contaminate your pool.
If you’re not comfortable conducting the inspection yourself, or can’t be bothered with the chore of snuggly securing the pool cover for winter, let the pros at Beyond Blue Pools know that you’d like some help and we can get your connected with a professional in the area regardless of where in the country your vacation home exists.