Yes, it is that time of year when we start converting from our pool water delivery services and start focusing on our heating oil delivery services. We thought we would provide our customers with some useful tips to start winterizing their swimming pools.
As we know, the hardest part of winterizing your swimming pool is deciding when to do so. Coming to grips that the close of summer is nearing is daunting for the best of us. You are shutting down family barbecues, late night swims, drinks by the poolside, and warm summer nights.
Here on the East Coast, we are tasked with the need to drain all pool filters and pumps, to keep from freezing, lowering the levels of our pools and placing devises to counter-balance the expansion and decompression of the pool as the temperatures change. There is much to consider and we thought we would break it down for you.
There is no time like pool closing season to check and clean (or replace) your filters. Here in New England, we highly recommend that you drain your filter, pump, and heater (if you have one) and blow out the pipes using an air compressor or a shop vac.
Skim Your Pool of Debris
Make sure your pool is completely free of debris before you cover it. You want to minimize potential algae growth as much as possible. If too much algae buildup occurs, your filter will have to work twice as hard and can be ultimately shortened in it’s lifespan.
Regulate Your Chemicals
Test your pools chemistry with testing strips. The most important levels to check are your chlorine PH and alkalinity. If either of these is out of range, you will want to take the necessary steps to fix it or contact a local pool service company.
Lower Your Water Level
Lower your water level about a foot below the skimmer. Blow out any remaining water from your pools plumbing system so your system does not freeze up and cause cracks. A lower water level can also prevent cracks in tile if you have a mosaic design around the top of your pool.
Cover Your Pool
Make sure your pool is sparkling clean before you cover it. Make sure your pool cover is in good condition and will prevent contaminants and debris from falling into your pool throughout the winter. You cover will also keep the sun from hitting the water and breeding algae.
Store Your Pool Accessories
Be sure to place your pool accessories in room temperature storage. This includes chlorine tablet containers, brushes, skim baskets, and poles. Freezing temperatures will shorten the life of anything plastic.
Now that your pool is prepared for the winter season. How about your home? Don’t get left in the cold and be sure to SIGN UP NOW for our BUDGET PLAN.