Whether you like it or not, the time has come to let go of good times by the pool. At least for the next few months, anyway. The true onset of winter is only a few weeks away. Even if this time of year is going to be relatively mild, you’ll probably still find yourself longing for an indoor pool sheltered from the elements. With that in mind, here’s some more advice about how to winterize your backyard swimming pool!
Use the Backwash Technique
We understand that this might not sound like the most appealing approach. The word “backwash” probably brings to mind the accidental sharing of saliva during a stolen sip from a friend or family member’s beverage. When it comes to backyard swimming pools, the backwash technique means something else entirely. The pump should run for an entire cycle and then you can backwash the filter before using chemicals to clean it out as well.
Drain Out Water Lines and Pour In Antifreeze
The second step in the process involves draining water from the supply lines. When you know freezing temperatures are on the way, then it’s also a good idea to add antifreeze to the lines and pipes that feed water into your pool. Think of it this way – you use antifreeze in your car for much the same reason. All of your other pool equipment should be drained out and cleaned as thoroughly as possible.
Add an Air Pillow
Once you’ve used an air pump to inflate the pillow, place it in the center of the pool. A special tether connects it to an anchor that will hold it in place even when there is awful weather afoot. There’s also the Pillow Pal which links the pillow and the bottom of the pool cover to add more support and stability.
Get a Safety Cover
A safety cover is always a good investment; besides, it can help make sure no one can fall into the pool while it’s unattended. A tight seal not only keeps out intruders but also debris left behind by winter storms. Please note that typical winter covers and pool leaf nets are insufficient for this purpose – you’ll need a more substantial alternative.
Keep Track of the Chemical Levels
Finally, take the time to measure the pool chemicals once every month. It might come as a surprise, but we still advise you to leave some water in the pool even when the snow and ice come. A chemical imbalance can quickly become problematic, so you’ll want to know when something is amiss as soon as possible.
Questions? Ask Sunrise Premiere Pool Builders LLC
If you still have questions about how to build a brand new swimming pool, Sunrise Premiere Pool Builders LLC is here to help you. We here at Sunrise Premiere Pool Builders LLC can build and install your pool or spa and also provide you with pool chemicals, services, and more. If you have questions, feel free to give us a call at 410-349-3852. To see more from us and for tips and tricks, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.