Given that the winter months are creeping in it is a excellent time for pool owners to start closing their pool as they are not going to be using it. There are a variety of different reasons that you ought to winterise your swimming pool. There are two main reasons to shut your pool down for winter, the first being to help keep the water in the pool as clean as possible so that you don't have to put a lot of effort in to opening your pool in the spring time. It is also necessary to make sure that your pool equipment is protected from the cold weather, this is because frozen water can cause a lot of damage. The problem with frozen water is that when it freezes it expands and this can crack pipes and damage pumps and filters. This can end up being rather costly when you come round to using your pool again and find that you have leaks all over the place.
Among the first things that you will need to do when shutting down your swimming pool for the winter is checking the pH level of the water and making sure it is balanced with total alkalinity and calcium hardness. Balancing the water in this way will help to protect the pool's surface from etching and staining. A good way to do this is to use a winter swimming pool chemical kit and this will help to keep your water clear and blue until you use it again.
If you have a swimming pool that you need to close down for the winter then you may find the following tips helpful.
Lower the water level so that it is below the entrance to your filter and pump. Doing this will stop additional water from entering the cleaning and heating system of the pool when it isn't being used. This helps as it prevents water from getting into the plumbing where it might freeze, expand and cause plastic pipes to crack creating leaks. It also helps to protect the water filter and pump from becoming damaged, which could result in you having to buy brand new parts.
Make sure that you have cleared out all of the water from your pump, heater, plumbing and filter. Draining your filter is simple, you just need to pull out the plug at the bottom to empty it. It is important to remember to open the air valve so that all the water flows out. You pretty much do the same thing with the pump but it is recommended that you turn the pump on after it is empty for a second to get rid of any remaining water. Make sure you check the feeder for any remaining chemicals as these will damage your equipment if they are left in there over the winter.
It is now time to remove your summer swimming pool cover, clean it and then store it away for the winter. It is now time to dig out your winter pool cover and to put it on your pool so that you can keep out and debris that might fall in to it. If you have children or pets you might want to get a winter safety cover. This type of cover has supports that will stop anyone or thing accidentally falling into the pool. These sorts of covers can save lives as children or pets can become tangled in a regular winter cover and drown.