Closing a swimming pool for the winter can be a nerve-wracking task. Nonetheless, by nerve-wracking, it means that for the average person, that the task of closing the pool is not the most exciting thing that is likely to appear on their to-do lists.
There are a lot of tasks that come with closing the swimming pool and it includes but not limited to the following:
1. Adjust the pH levels and calcium hardness.
By ascertaining that the pH levels, alkalinity, and calcium hardness are balanced, one is always safeguarding their swimming pool investment from deterioration or rather scale build up that occurs in pools when they are closed during winters. The modifications can be made a few days before closing the pool. The pH should be adjusted to levels ranging from 7.2 to 7.8. The calcium hardness should be at least 180 and 250 ppm.
2. Shock the pool water using chlorine.
Swimming pools will naturally have bacteria. Therefore, you can either use chlorine or chlorine-free substitute to kill the microorganisms that are in the pool. The shock treatment should be approximately 65% sodium hypochlorite. Alternatively, the non-chlorine substitute should be of the same strength. It’s important to note that if the shock used would allow people to swim in there straight away, then the shock treatment is most likely not strong to deal with the bacteria. Stronger shock treatments are preferable to prevent bacteria and algaecide to bloom during the winter.
3. Clean the pool
Anything that is not water should be removed from the pool. These includes the ladders, baskets, hoses, heaters, and pumps among others. On the same day that you close the pool, brush and vacuum the swimming pool to prevent debris from falling inside.
4. Lower the water level
While lowering the water level, drain other equipment. The water level should be below the skimmer. However, this is dependent on the sort of swimming pool cover one is using.
5. Winterize the plumbing
Winterizing the plumbing ensures that the lines that run water into the pool do not freeze and crack during the winter season. Air should be blown from the skimmer into the equipment and back to the swimming pool. If one chooses not to blow air into the lines, a swimming pool anti-freeze may be appropriate to prevent water from freezing.
6. Apply the swimming pool cover
Before the cover is installed, one should ensure that it is compatible with their particular swimming pool. If the cover does not fit well; leaving spaces, debris is likely to fall inside and become problematic in future.