The colder months have arrived which means it is time to winterize your Vancouver swimming pool. Many pool owners may try to avoid this process because of the time it takes, it is incredibly important to prioritize. By winterizing your pool, you are preventing it from future damage such as:
1. Damaged pipes
If water is in your pipes and it is not running, it can freeze when temperatures drop. When water freezes, it expands up to 10% which can lead to pipes cracking or bursting.
If your pipes are above ground, it can cause significant damage. And if they are below ground, pipe damage can require significant excavation which is an even greater inconvenience and cost.
2. Frozen heater
Believe it or not, your pool heater may be one of the first parts of your pool to freeze during cold winter weather!
The best way to prevent this from happening is to drain the heater and remember to blow air through the heater to ensure all of the water is out.
3. Broken filter
When water freezes in a filter tank, its elements can crack. The tank itself is also at risk of cracking, which can put you at risk of an expensive repair. By winterizing your swimming pool you are preventing this risk and the potential additional costs.
4. Frozen pump
When water is not circulating your pump, it is likely to freeze. When this happens, you may need to replace your pump, which can cost you several hundred dollars. A frozen pump can also delay you in re-opening your pool when the warmer seasons arrive.
5. Leaking deck
When you have an inground pool, the pump, filter and pipes generally sit under your pool deck. That means that if you have a leak or crack, your entire deck may have to be torn apart to repair the damage. Not only will this be expensive but it can also prevent you from being able to use your pool for a long period of time.
6. Damage to the structure
When you do not winterize your swimming pool, the worst situation that can arise is structural damage, which is when the pool itself cracks. When this happens, you will need to replace the body of your pool which is a massive undertaking and expensive activity.
Checklist for winterizing your pool
The best time to close your pool is when the leaves start to fall and the temperature is significantly colder. Here is a checklist for winterizing your pool:
- Clean your pool and cover
- Make sure that your water chemistry is balanced
- Apply winterizing chemicals to your pool
- Lower the water below the mouth of your skimmer
- Blow out the water from your plumbing lines
- Seal up the skimmer line
- Cover your pool
- Drain all the water from your filter equipment, pump and feeder