It is never fun to winterize your swimming pool. After all, it is a sign that summer is over and winter is on its way. That can be why many homeowners put off winterizing their pools, or even forget to do it at all. This is a risky decision and can lead to costly repairs.
Damage that can arise if you do not winterize your swimming pool
If there is water in your pipes and it is not running, it can freeze when temperatures drop. As water freezes, it expands up to 10%. This can lead to pipes cracking or bursting. This is bad enough if the pipes are above ground. If, however, they are below ground, pipe damage can require significant excavation – at great cost and inconvenience.
Pool owners often think their heaters cannot freeze, but they can and do. In fact, heaters are often the first part of your pool to freeze in a cold snap. The best way to protect against this is to drain the heater. Remember to blow air through the heater to make sure all of the water is out.
When water freezes in your filter tank, the elements of it can crack. The tank itself is also at risk of cracking. If this happens, you are looking at an expensive repair. If you winterize your swimming pool, you eliminate that risk.
Your pump can also freeze if water is not circulating in it. The connectors to it are generally inexpensive to replace. The pump itself, however, can run you several hundred dollars. If you do not discover the problem early enough, this kind of damage can also delay you in re-opening your pool when the good weather comes.
When you have an inground pool, your pump, filter, and pipes generally sit under your pool deck. That means that if you have a leak or crack, a pool company may have to dig up your entire deck. This is a huge undertaking. It will not only be expensive but will mean you are unable to use your pool for a while.
The worst situation that can arise when you do not winterize your swimming pool is structural damage. This is when the pool itself cracks. When this occurs, you are looking at a massive undertaking to replace the body of your pool. It is almost the equivalent of putting in a new pool. Avoid all of this heartache by making sure your pool is properly prepared for the winter months.
Ready to winterize your swimming pool, make sure you follow this checklist! Do not want to close up for the season yet? Look at ways to keep your pool running throughout the winter months. Make sure that, if you go this route, you have the proper equipment to keep your pool safely running in the cold.