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Winterization- Closing Your Pool for the Winter

Now that the hot summer months are over, it’s time to start thinking about closing your pool for winter. It’s a process that you have to prepare for & follow some maintenance guidelines before you put that safety pool cover on. Closing your pool for the winter helps with a lot of things like making sure the pipes don’t freeze and crack causing leaks and keeping the pool clean during the winter season.

The first step you’ll want to go through for closing your pool for the winter season is balancing your pool water. This helps notify you if your pools pH balance is off and if you have to add certain chemicals to it to make your water clean and clear.

Second, you’ll want to remove any pool accessories you have added/ attached to the sides of your pools. Like slides or vacuums that you have inside your swimming pool. That way they won’t be ruined during the winter season.

Third, you’ll want to lower the water levels in your swimming pool, you can use your water pump to do this. You’ll want to take out 4-6 inches of water so that it is at least below the water skimmer.

Next you’ll want to clean and drain your pool pumps, filters and heaters. Each of these pumps will have a plug that you can open and drain the water out of and to ensure that you get all of the water out, you can take a shop vacuum to the drains and get the rest of the water out that way.

The final step to closing your pool for the winter is taking the pool cover out of storage and sealing it on your swimming pool. It helps keep debris out of your swimming pool and prevents algae growth. Your pool cover should be solid enough to keep all debris and sun out of your pool for the winter season. By keeping the sun and debris out of your swimming pool it helps keep it clean during those cold winter days.

These are some simple easy steps to closing your pool for the winter. We don’t want your swimming pool getting damaged during the cold winter months. We’re helping you by closing your pool the proper way so, you don’t have a mess of repairs to come back to next swimming season.

Do I have a Pool Leak?

With the hot summer months slowly going away and the cold weather returning, it’s hard to determine whether your swimming pool has a leak or not. During the summer it’s the bright, warm sun evaporating the water from your swimming pool. With the cold temperature and wind, you don’t know if it’s the sun evaporating the water or if there’s a leak in your pumps or in the liner itself. The cold weather and wind are major contributes to water loss, although if your swimming pool leaks, it’s going to lose more than a fourth of water each day. If it’s losing a lot of water it is most likely caused by your pool leaking.

There are a few ways you can determine leaks on your own instead of going straight to the professionals. The first thing you’ll want to inspect is if your pool is growing a lot of algae or if your pool water is becoming cloudy. These are indications of chemical imbalance, which can lead to inconsistent water levels. There are easy ways to fix this, such as, finding and fixing the leak or pH testing your pool water and making sure your chemicals are balanced properly.

If the tiles around your swimming pool are popping off, unsettlement in the ground around your pool or the deck attached to your pool has cracks in it are also indications that there is a pool leak somewhere that needs to be repaired.

If your swimming pool liner has soft spots, patches of grass growing larger than normal, or even if your pool is settling into the ground, these are strong indications that you have a underground pump/plumbing leak. Also, if you hear weird gurgling sounds around your pool or even near your pump systems, you can easily locate a pool pump leak there.

If you can not fix the leak on your own, call your pool builder and have it the pool leak repaired. The professionals can do it easily and they’re just one phone call away.