Is your pool ready for winter? 11 steps to protect your investment
Pools that are left open can collect debris that will rot and stain your pool walls. So, follow these steps to protect your investment and make sure your pool is ready for the following summer.
When the leaves begin to fall and the temperature cools, we know fall and winter are fast approaching.
Patio furniture is safely stored. Garden hoses are put away. Now, tasks such as checking the furnace and cleaning the gutters become top priority on your winterizing your home to-do list.
Completing these steps to winterize your home can help avoid later repairs, offers Angie Hicks, cofounder of Angie’s List (http://www.angieslist.com/)
The same rules apply to your pool. Your pool is a large investment. It's recommended to winterize or partially winterize your pool to protect it during the winter months.
In preparation for winterizing your pool, you'll need to purchase a winter pool cover (http://www.purepool.com/
Make sure to prepare your pool well before freezing temperatures occur to allow all of your equipment adequate time to fully drain/dry and prevent the chance of damage to hoses (http://www.purepool.com/
Our company wants to help you secure your pool and protect your investment. Here we provide 11 steps to winterize your pool.
1. Lower the water level and add winter chemicals to kill any algae and avoid stains to your pool walls. Drain your pool water to 6” below lowest return/skimmer opening and remove hoses/fittings.
2. Clean and brush your pool. Bring your pool water to “shock” level and maintain that level for 24 hours with your pool pump (http://www.purepool.com/
3. Remove your steps, ladders, and mats from your pool. Clean and store for the winter months.
4. Installing skimmer/return plugs or “gizmos” may be installed or left open. This is a personal choice of the pool owner.
5. Remove and drain any solar panels. Clean before storing for the winter months.
6. Drain the filters/pump well and then remove the pump, hoses, and fittings. Inspect these items for any sign of damage or excessive wear. If necessary, order replacements before spring.
7. Remove the multi-port/spider gasket. Smaller fittings, hardware, and filter drain plugs can be stored inside of the pump pot basket. Then lube the pump pot basket with silicone lube. The remaining pump hardware can be placed inside of a gallon zip-lock bag and taped to the side of the pump. Store the pump, smaller fitting systems, and multi-port/spider gaskets inside for the winter months.
8. If your hoses/fittings and not already marked for proper use, do so before storing.
9. Secure a large black plastic garbage bag or tarp over larger/sand filters to prevent debris, snow, ice, and water damage.
10. If using a winter cover, install it per the manufacturer instructions (i.e. pillows and anchoring).
11. A leaf net may be used over the winter cover until the majority of leaves and autumn debris are done dropping. This will help avoid a rotting leaf swamp in the spring. Be sure to remove the leaf net and any accumulated debris prior to hard freeze. Store away until spring when it can be used just prior to start up for early leaf/tree pollen drop.
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