With winter just around the corner, its time for you to stop having those fun swimming sessions and start making arrangements to winterize our pools to keep them clean for the next year, as well as to protect them from any damage that freezing may cause. Here are some must-follow steps to winterize your in-ground pool.
- Removal of Accessories
- Clean-up and Testing of Water
- Adding the Winterizing Chemicals
- Blowing out the pipes
- Putting the Winter Safety Cover
The first and most obvious step is to pick out all the swimming accessories, children’s toys, ladders, tubes, diving boards, ropes etc. that are strewn in and about your pool. After this is done and the water is object-free, you can begin the careful process of testing and cleaning the pool water.
The water needs to first be cleaned of all its trash such as wrappers, leaves etc. The water must now be tested to check that chlorine level is almost perfect and your PH (ideally between 7.4 and 7.6), Alkalinity (ideally between 100 ppm and 150 ppm), and Hardness levels are also at the desirable levels. Test strips can be used for these testing purposes. Remember, the chemicals may as well be towards the higher side when you close your pool, because they tend to come down a few levels in winter, but never on the lower side. Vacuum the base of your pool to rid it of any particulate matter that may have settled down, and get the water as clean as possible for the next step
After a good market survey, buy a popular winterizing kit from the market and carefully go through its instruction leaflet. It reduces chances of algae growth when you open your pool next summer. Add the metal free that comes with the kit by sprinkling it on the pool water to remove metals from the water and avoid any discoloration or stains.
This is not as difficult as it may sound. You can hire pool professionals in Vancouver to do the job for you as well. Remove the plug at the bottom of the basket housing of your pump. Attach an air-line nozzle and drain out the water from the basket housing as well as the pump. Clean out the debris from the pump and the leftover chlorine from the chlorine container. Once the filter is cleaned and the remaining water has been blown out from the pipes, your pool is ready for its final step before closing.
Once the antifreeze has been added to the pump basket housing and the chlorinator and the water level adjusted desirably, the pool is ready to be sealed with the winter cover. Check the cover for tears and rips, and mend them with duct tape or other material. Usually the winter cover is stretchable so that it can be pulled over the pool and attached to the anchors. The covers can also be secured using water tubes, which are a safe bet.
Most of these steps are simple and easily DIY. However, hiring a team of in-ground pool experts in Vancouver takes the load off your mind and you can relax while the team does your job. Our experts are well-trained at this job, so call us right away and watch as we ready your pool for another fun-filled summer!