With the onset of winters, you have to make sure that you do all the necessary checks so that you can pull through the season easily. For people who have a pool in their house, they need to ensure that they take all the precautionary measures so that they do not sustain any damage. Here is a checklist that you need to have by your side when you are shutting down the pool for winters.
Drain out the water
You also need to make sure that before you close for the winters you drain out the water from the pool. This is very important especially if you are living in an area where the water can freeze. While draining out the water, make sure that the level of water is 4-6 inches below the plaster or tile line or the vinyl line AKA skimmer in case.
Add the algaestat or algaecide
On the last day that the pool is operational, make sure that you run the pump after everybody leaves to pump out the water. However, before you do that, you should add the algaestat or algaecide to the water and then use the pump. This will help in the circulation of the algaestat or algaecide around the pool.
Cover the pool properly
No doubt, no one has to tell you this, but as humans, you can never say when you may forget it. During the winters, it is natural that wildlife may try to find a place to hide to beat the cold. If you have toddlers at home, you would definitely not want them to get into unnecessary situations. This rule is applicable especially if you have a backyard pool. While using the cover, it is advisable to go with the loop and lock type so that you can cover your pool easily.
Check the motorized parts and pipes
Considering that during the winters, the motorized parts and pipes will freeze, you have to make sure that you do all the necessary checks. You need to ensure that there is no water stagnant in the drainage system as there are chances that your pipe may burst or crack. It is advisable to get a professional to do this for you so that you do not end up missing anything.
Pour a little chlorine to the opening of the pool
Using a little chlorine in the pool is another great way to prepare for the winters. While using it, be sure that you do not put too much of it otherwise you may end up bleaching it. This will also make it easy for you to clean the pool when you start using it again. It is best to let a professional do this since they will know how much of chlorine is needed depending on the size of your pool.
Keep an eye on the weather updates
Keeping a check on the weather is a great way to know when you would need to start preparing for the winters. It will also help you to prepare and do the needful well in advance. Weather conditions can change at any time; this is why you have to be sure that you check out at least the 15-day forecast while planning the closure of your pool during winters.
Take out all the debris
Debris is the worst thing to have next to your pool. Before you put the cover, make sure to check and see if there is any kind of debris around the pool or in the pipes. If there are, clean it with a vacuum cleaner or get someone to clean the pipes for you. Even check the surrounding area to make sure that it is free from any kind of dirt that can damage the pool in any way.
Used Enzymes for breaking down contamination
There are chances that the pool may be contaminated when it is not in use. This is why; there are special enzymes available in the market. If you know how to use these enzymes, it is good, but if you do not, then get someone to do it for you. This will help to prevent any kind of contamination and keep your pool clean when you plan to use it again.