Four Quick Steps to Close Your Pool for Winter
Winter is still a few months away in the northern states, but as the weather begins to cool, it's time to start preparing your pool for hibernation. Year-round pool upkeep is crucial to maintain a healthy pool and protect it for years to come. If you’re new to pool maintenance, here are some simple guidelines you can follow or discuss when consulting with your pool professional.
Closing your pool
If you live in an area where temperatures drop below freezing, you’ll need to do some extra work to protect your pool from the elements.
- Never drain your pool. If you drain a pool, its liner could stretch, or the concrete could actually lift out of the ground like a boat. You’ll end up buying a new pool.
- Get water out of the plumbing pipes, filter and heater. You can prevent pipes from freezing by blowing water out of them with an air compressor and draining the filter and heater with nontoxic antifreeze, which is different from car antifreeze.
- Disconnect equipment. That includes the heater and pump. You’ll also need to clean and store the chemical feeders.
- Clean your pool. Discovery Channel’s “How Stuff Works” advises that you “skim, brush walls, vacuum, empty skimmer baskets, close skimmer line valve, lower water level to approximately 18 inches (45 centimeters) below the coping and superchlorinate. Lastly, cover the pool to keep out debris.”