As the summer months leave and the fall and winter months approach, it’s important to start thinking about your pool. Many pool owners are still unsure of how they are supposed to winterize their pools properly. This is something that doesn’t require as much effort as you might be thinking.
There are so many different parts to a pool. And the main feature that we all enjoy and should be taken care of is the water. When it comes to winterizing your pool, you want to focus on the water that is inside. Of course, this is what gets used the most, and it is what will be exposed.
You may be familiar with some of the things needed to winterize your pool. Chemicals are used in a pool every time of the year. But did you know that you don’t need them as much during the wintertime? This is a common misconception in the pool community, and we are here to let you know what steps you should take.
Getting through the winter with a pool shouldn’t be difficult, and we’ll help with that.
Winterizing Your Pool
It’s time to wind down and bring your pool to a close. The first and one of the more important steps is cleaning the pool. Before you start pouring any kind of chemical into your pool water, take the time to clean it. This will make the chemicals that you’re about to use more effective.
When we say clean your pool, we mean scrubbing all the surfaces; these include filters, liners, and skimmers. Then you want to continue by vacuuming and removing leaves. Once you are sure that your entire pool is clean, you’re ready to move on to the next part.
After this, you want to take an at-home pH-level tester kit. Test the pH level and make sure that it is at the appropriate level for your pool. Use the following as a guide:
- pH Level: between 7.2 – 7.4
- Alkalinity: between 80 – 120 ppm
- Chlorine Level: between 1.5 – 2.5 ppm
If your pool meets these standards, then you’re ready to get started with the next couple of steps. The next thing to do would be to shock your pool with chemicals, and you might need to repeat the same step every month during the winter. But there is a way you can avoid that and make life and winterizing your pool a little simpler.
At the very end of winterizing your pool, you’re supposed to cover it. The type of cover you have determines whether you’ll need to shock your pool once a month during the winter months. If you have a flimsy or old pool cover, then you’ll probably have to do this. That is because sunlight might be able to penetrate still.
We recommend investing in a sturdy pool cover because it’s sure to save you time and money.
The last step would be to add unstabilized chlorine to the water. This will assist with thoroughly cleaning the water, and you don’t have to worry about it any longer. Then when you’ve done that, it’s time to close the pool with your sturdy pool cover.
Call JR Pools for any Further Questions
In all of those steps, you don’t need to use as much chemicals as you might be thinking. Shock your pool with your winterizing pool kit chemicals if you have that already. The main thing that you want to invest in is a study pool cover. This is what makes it possible to not need to use much chemicals.
With this information, it’s time to start winterizing your pool. If you have any further questions take the time to call us at JR Pools. Our team can help answer those questions for you.