When the cold breeze starts to blow in and summer time comes to a halt you’re forced to say goodbye to poolside leisure and fun. Unless you’re brave enough to take a plunge in the cold water then it will remain a distant memory until the warm weather decides to return.
When the warm weather returns and it’s finally time to jump back in, will your swimming pool be ready? There are important steps to take during the winter months to ensure your swimming pool is safe and ready for the summer time air.
Location matters the most when considering how you’ll tackle your pools winter maintenance. If you live in the north odds are you’ve already winterized your pool already but if you haven’t there are a few things to keep in mind. Draining and covering your pool and adding antifreeze to your pipes can save your pools life. If you’re someone who lives in an area where winter only occurs for a short period then there’s not much you have to do. Most pools are installed with freeze-fighting equipment that can handle short time winter months.
Down here in the south true winterization isn’t completely necessary, says Dominick Pizzuto, owner of On Time Pool Company. “We install a two-speed pump that allows for chlorination and filtration year-round, as well as a freeze protector in all of our pools.”
Chlorinating your pool year round really isn’t that much work. In the winter your chemical usage will be a fraction, up to 1/3rd, than you would use during swimming season. It is still best to clean your pool thoroughly, shock and clarify your pool before closing up shop for the winter. If you decide to cover your pool then you can limit the chemical usage even more! By investing in a safety mesh cover you won’t have to drain your pool to prevent the water level from rising. This ensures that leaves and people stay clear of chilly water. If you want the best protection for your pool a LOOP_LOC Model is highly suggested. These can withstand an elephant’s weight so all children, pets and clumsy adults will all be safe and accident free.
In warm environments you’ll be able to install freeze protectors. The freeze protectors act to shift the pump into the highest gear when the temperature drops below 32 degrees. The max speed allows for an optimum flow during freezing temperatures and prevents any damage to the pools pipes and plumbing.
If you aren’t sure about the process involved to ensure your pool is preserved this winter call your san antonio pools and accessories company. With the proper tools, winter maintenance will be a breeze. Discuss winterization with your local pool company on what steps a pool owner might take to prepare for the winter months in your area. Freeze damage is the last thing you’ll want to take care of when it’s below freezing outside.