Winterizing your backyard can be an overwhelming task. At Finishing Touch Landscaping we specialize in winterizing properties, with fall clean-up, garden pond and pool closing services. Below we have provided some you with some basic tips below on how to close your pool for winter.
Step 1: Test the pH Balance
Test your pool’s pH balance for alkalinity, calcium hardness and chlorine and make adjustments as necessary.
Step 2: Remove Debris
First skim the top of the water with a net to remove any large pieces of debris. Then use a pool vacuum to get the small bits and pieces of debris that remains.
Step 3: Clean the Filter
Step 4: Disconnect the Pump and the Filter
Before you disconnect them, make sure that the pump is completely drained of water.
Step 5: Drain the Pool Heater
Remove your pool heater and use an air compressor (these can be rented) to blow all of the water completely out of the vacuum. Next, remove any drain plugs from the pool.
Step 6: Add Winterizing Chemicals
Buy some winterizing chemicals, follow the instructions carefully, and then place them into the pool to prevent algae. Before adding the chemicals to the pool make sure that all of the particles have dissolved or the crystals will sink to the bottom of the pool and may stain your liner.
Step 7: Water Levels
While water recommendations may vary, we reduce them only enough to prevent flooding your lawn in the event of a rainy season.
Step 8: Cover the Pool
Take your pool cover out of storage. Make sure that the bottom-side of the pool cover is free from debris before placing it over the pool.