Now that winter is here, it is easy to forget about maintenance for your Vancouver swimming pool. If you have kept your pool open, however, it is important to care for it all year long. That care includes preparing your pool before you go away on vacation. Today, we are addressing what to do to your Vancouver swimming pool before going away.
7 steps to prepare your Vancouver swimming pool before going away on a short trip
1. Check your water level
Since you are going to be away, you want to make sure your water is at – or even slightly above – adequate levels. This way, the water level will not drop too low while you are away. Of course, when you get back, it is important to check the levels again right away.
2. Test your water
When your water is not properly balanced, it can damage your pool. Therefore, before going away, you want to make sure everything is in order. That way, the water cannot go too far off while you are gone. Again, as soon as you return, take some time to check the water again.
3. Shock your water
Shocking your water is adding extra chlorine, boosting the level for a short period of time. If no one will be using your pool while you are away, this is a good way to make sure your pool stays clean while you are away.
4. Remove debris
You do not want debris from your pool to clog any of your systems while you are away. To avoid this, make sure you give your pool are thorough skimming, removing any debris on or in the water before you go. If your pool has a backwash option, we suggest using it.
5. Put your pump and filter on a timer
Keep the pump and filter running while you are away. You do not want to run them all the time, so we suggest putting them on a timer. Opt to run them for 8-12 hours per day.
6. Have someone check in
Even if you have taken all the precautions possible, it is a good idea to have someone check in on your pool. That way, if there is a major issue, it can be caught early. If you are having someone look in, make sure you give them the information for your professional pool company of choice so you know who is caring for your pool if there is a problem.
7. Put safety measures in place
This is the most important step of all. You never want to leave your pool in a condition where someone could be injured or killed while you are away. In order to secure your pool, we suggest using a safety cover, fence, and/or alarm.
If you have a solar blanket, remove it before you leave as it can be a drowning hazard when left unattended.
Additional ways to care for your Vancouver swimming pool if you are going on a longer trip
If you are going to be away for a long trip, it is important to take the steps already discussed. In addition to those steps, however, there are a few more things to think about in relation to your Vancouver swimming pool.
1. Consider having your pool winterized
If you are going away for an extended period, you may want to have your Vancouver swimming pool winterized. Winterizing your pool will allow you to go away without having to worry about caring for your pool or who is going to care for it.
While it may feel easier to just drain your pool, it is important that you never do it on your own. This can not only damage your pool, but it can also injure you or your loved ones. Avoid this by always having your pool drained by a professional pool company.
3. Have someone house sit or check in regularly
Should you not want to winterize your pool, you should have someone watch it while you are away. The easiest way to do this is to have a house sitter who also manages your pool. If you are not doing that though, make sure you get someone to check the pool often. Again, you should always provide this person with the information for your pool company of choice.
Even if you are not going on vacation, you need to care for your Vancouver swimming pool over the winter months in order to protect it from freezing.