Ways To Winterize A Swimming Pool
Winterizing your swimming pool can be a little more time consuming than opening or regular maintenance, but doing it the right way protects your investment and provides a cleaner, simpler opening the following spring. A good time to begin the swimming pool winterizing process is in the fall, just as the colors change, but before the leaves have a chance to fall into your pool. A chemical treatment to your pool is essential. A mixture of winter chlorine, winter alkalizer, and winter powder will ensure that your pool stays clean over the winter and is ready for use in the late spring when the warmer weather arrives. Many manufacturers supply ready-made, winterizing kits. Each manufacturer has different directions so make sure you follow the exact directions on your winterizing kit. Essentially, these chemicals will put extremely high levels of chlorine, alkaline, and algaecide in the water to prepare for the winter months ahead. Some of these chemicals mandate that the swimming pool filter be turned on while the chemicals are added. Make certain you follow this direction. The failure to do so may result in stains to your liner.
The last item needed for a proper winterizing is a swimming pool cover. This device can be a car or truck inner-tube or a large inflatable winter pillow sold by pool suppliers for this very purpose. The float serves two functions. First, it balances the rainwater and ice sure to form on your pool’s cover over the winter. Secondly, The area around the float will not freeze over the winter and will allow the ice to push inward toward the float, rather than outward towards the pool wall. This will ease the tension on the pool walls, a condition that can lead to support problems later.