Just because you’re not going to use your swimming pool in the winter doesn’t mean it doesn’t need care and maintenance. If anything, this is the time when you should pay attention to it all the more.
Whether you have an in-ground or above-ground pool, you need to ensure it stays in tip-top shape, especially if you’d like to be able to jump right into it come summer.
Should I shut down my pool for the winter?
One of the most common questions pool owners have regarding winter pool care is whether they should shut the pool down. The answer actually depends on a variety of factors, the foremost of which is your location.
The colder regions would obviously see harsher winters and shorter warm months to enjoy the pool. You’ll know it’s time to shut down your pool once the temperatures drop to 30°F or below. Others start preparing to shut it down once the temperatures start regularly reaching 65°F.
But you also don’t want to shut it down too early or while it’s still warm because this can increase the risk of algae growth. This is going to be a bigger — and costlier — problem for you once you reopen the pool in the spring or summer.
Still, shutting down your pool for the winter also brings plenty of benefits. For one, doing this means saving on energy costs because you’re not running the filter 24/7.
Another benefit is that it gives you some time to take a break from its daily maintenance. Even running the pool vacuum cleaner adds up to your energy consumption, so at least that’s one less piece of equipment you need to run every day.
What do I do with my pool in the winter?
Winterizing your pool is not as simple as shutting it down and throwing a cover over it. You will still have to make sure that the water’s chemicals are balanced so that it retains its quality.
The pH balance of the pool water should ideally be tested every week, so you can properly monitor it and make adjustments as needed. This also helps prevent algae growth.
Another important thing to note is that winterizing your pool does not mean you have to completely drain water from it! You need to keep some water in it because it helps preserve and protect the pool liner.
Last but not least, you should get a pool cover. Make sure it’s the perfect fit for your pool size, so it stays completely protected from fallen leaves, dust, and other debris. Some pool covers come with automatic setting devices, so you don’t have to manually spread it yourself over the pool.
Work With a Pro
If you’re ready to winterize your pool but are not sure how to go about it, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional. It’s much better to leave it in the hands of experts who can get the job done right the first time instead of doing it yourself and making costly mistakes.
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