Proper swimming pool winterization can significantly extend the life of your pool setup. Although some pool owners have their own methods toward effective pool closings, PcPools has some specific tips that every pool owner should consider. The pool winterization process can take between a half hour to half a day, depending on how much time one is willing to spend. The more time you are willing to spend closing down a pool, the less headaches and stress can be avoided in the spring. Contractors will charge hundreds of dollars to winterize a swimming pool, but PcPools has advice that allows the pool owner to do it themselves with ease.
The beginning of pool winterization should involve taking down any surrounding structures or pool equipment that are not meant to be installed permanently. One such structure is pool decking, which should be thoroughly cleaned before being put away for the winter to prevent rust that occurs from remnant chemicals. Other advisable maintenance checks include checking the o-rings and gaskets on the pool before covering it for the winter – if such items will need replacing, it is better to know that ahead of time so as to not be surprised in the spring. Disassembling your pool’s pump and filtration system will allow the pool owner to take maximum care in cleaning such equipment, reducing the amount of pool chemical residue. A powerful air blower is the perfect tool for clearing out hosing and pipes. Pressure gauges and filter tops can react negatively to cold weather, so pool owners should be sure to store them at room temperature. Once the pool exterior has been taken care of, pool owners should turn their attention to the pool itself.
Approximately twelve to fifteen gallons of antifreeze should be used during the winterization process (for an in ground pool). Pool chemical kits closing kits are pre-measured and packaged according to specific pool size, making the winterization process a straight-forward and easy-to-handle process for any pool owner. Such kits include a pool shock chemical, a time-release chemical floater, a stain elimination chemical, an algaecide, and a separate chemical specialized in removing oils and grease from the pool water. Winterizing chemical kits are effective in eliminating leftover carbon dioxide, which is one of the main food sources for pool liner-damaging algae.
Ice that gathers on top of the pool cover is not a major concern, as ice should not freeze all the way down to the pool floor. However, this is an issue in northern climates when extremely cold temperatures are involved. Air pillows will assist in breaking the ice up, preventing one solid block or sheet of ice from forming. It is a common misconception that many air pillows are needed in order to lift the cover so that rain and debris falls off to the sides. This theory requires one to purchase over a dozen pillows, which is entirely unnecessary. Instead, pool owners should place three or four pillows in the pool with the sole purpose of breaking the ice. This relieves the pressure on the pool wall and floor, thus reducing or limiting ice damage.