Winter is coming. As the weather continues to cool down, you will still have some chances to get out and enjoy your pool. That said, you should be ready for when the real cold comes. It won’t be much longer now, so that means there’s no time like the present to start preparing for the winter offseason!
Create Alerts for the First Freeze
Smartphones have led to a vast revolution in the way we live our lives. Now we can create alerts for almost anything we can think of, and that includes changes in the weather. Set the alarm for when the first freezes of the season are expected. Once this has come to pass, make sure the pump is running to ensure that it won’t freeze over. You can also set alerts on computers and other mobile devices, such as tablets.
Start Winterizing Pool Accessories
The next step is to begin winterizing pool accessories. This task is much easier if you have already started to close your pool. Even so, there is still time to take care of it if you haven’t shuttered your pool yet. Winterize the deck jets, wall fountains, and any cascades or waterfall features you might have. Doing this will help protect the pumps and pipes that control their water flow against potential damages from contracting and expanding due to rapidly changing outdoor temperatures.
Open Up the Valves
Once that is addressed, take the time to open up all of the connected valves. All pools will need some water left in them, even if this seems counterintuitive at first. Spa pools are especially vulnerable to freezing, so you will need to make sure that they get enough water in circulation. Clean out all skimmers, drains, jets, returns, and vacuum lines to ensure everything is in order.
Pump the Pool
You can’t forget to pump the pool! This helps protect against freezing and also helps the filtration system run smoothly. A seasonal timer can decrease the runtime during the fall and winter, which should help allay your fears about energy consumption.
Monitor Overall Chemistry Levels
Finally, you should continue to monitor the chemistry levels of your pool. Measuring the pH, alkalinity, calcium, and acid levels will help make sure that the pool is doing okay. Doing this also helps prevent the formation of scales or hard water. When it’s time to reopen your pool in the spring, there won’t be as much to do before you can jump in again!
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.