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Preparing Your Pool for Winter

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Fall colors are here and winter is approaching quickly. Now is a great time to enjoy the last warm days of the season and prepare your pool for winter. Regardless of if you plan to fully close your pool or leave it open during the winter months, there are several things you can do now to prepare your pool for those months of inactivity.

Here are three things you should do now to prepare your pool for winter:

Monitor your chemicals

As a general rule of thumb, the more you use your pool the more chemicals you’ll need to apply, which is why you use more chemicals in the summertime. Additionally, the hot weather can also cause the chemicals to evaporate more rapidly from the water. That’s why testing regularly is so important!

As the temperature decreases in the fall months, there will be fewer people using your pool. This means that you won’t have to use as many chemicals or check your water as often. Checking the chemical levels at least once a week is perfect for fall, especially if your pool isn’t being used frequently. This will help keep your pool clean as the seasons change again and you close your pool for winter.

Remove all debris

Branches, leaves and other large contaminants can damage parts of your pool, so keeping them out is critical during any season. Skim the surface of your pool on a regular basis and make sure you remove large waste material. You’ll also want to clean your pool regularly with an automatic pool cleaner.

Did you know Pentair is offering their best rebates on automatic pool cleaners through December 31, 2018? To learn more, click here.

In addition to cleaning debris out of the pool, trimming your hedges and trees is a great way to limit the debris that can end up in your pool. This, in turn, will reduce the amount of time you spend skimming and the frequency at which you use chemicals.

Keep parts clean

In maintaining your pool through fall and preparing it for winter, it’s important that you clean your various pool parts. This includes the skimmer box, pump basket and filters. This will keep debris from blocking the flow of water and causing your pool equipment to lose efficiency.

And by keeping these parts clean during the fall, you’re preparing your pool for winter closing!

Temperatures can vary greatly depending on where you live, so it’s up to you or your pool professional to determine the best time to close your pool.

If the nighttime temperature is low and you think you won’t be using your pool again this season, you should consider closing your pool for winter a bit early. Here are some tips for closing your pool:

If you’re not quite ready to close the book on summer, keep swimming! There are lots of great pool heating options available and if you’re in need of a something new to keep the water warm, Pentair is offering a rebate on their UltraTemp® High Performance Heat Pump through the end of the year. Learn more here.

If you don’t have a pool professional, use our dealer locator to find one near you!