A swimming pool is a great addition to any backyard. If you live in an area with cold winters, it is important to protect the pool and make sure it is ready for the next summer season. To winterize your swimming pool, there are a few steps to take.

Winterize Your Swimming Pool by Checking the Chemistry

The first step in the process is checking the chemistry of your pool. Test the total alkalinity, pH, and calcium hardness with a kit to provide an accurate reading. Once you get the right chemistry, your pool will be better protected throughout the winter months.

When the chemistry is balanced, the water in your pool will remain clear and clean for the next season. If you are using a floater, make sure that it does not have an oxidizer in it that is very strong because it could bleach or stain the walls of your pool.

Take Care of Your Skimmer

To best winterize a pool, make sure the skimmer is cared for. Water expands when it freezes and this could result in significant damage to your pool’s plumbing, structure, and filter system. Remove water from the skimmer and verify the water level of the pool is below the skimmer’s mouth.

Clear the Plumbing

Examine the plumbing lines and blow the water out with an air compressor, shop vac, or specially designed pool blower. Once you clear the water from the lines, plug them so that more water cannot get back in.

Drain Your Pool’s Filter

One of the most important steps to winterize your pool is to drain the filter. Most systems will be equipped with a plug that you can pull to complete this step.

On top, if there is an air relief valve, make sure to open it. Once you have drained the filter, put it into the winterize or closed position. Look for the plugs on the pump and pull these to drain the pump, too. Make sure there are no chemicals left inside.

Check other elements of your pool, including the automatic cleaner pump and your chemical feeder. Remove the pressure gauge and store it indoors for the winter.

Use a Cover to Winterize Your Swimming Pool

A swimming pool cover will prevent debris and dirt from getting into the pool water during the winter. Choose a durable cover so debris is not able to puncture it. Two of the most popular options for a winter pool cover include a solid-surface cover and a mesh version.

As you take steps to prepare your home for winter, also spend some time winterizing your pool. Read the directions for specific components and follow the manufacturer’s advice to do the job correctly. When you winterize properly, you’ll extend the life of your pool.

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