As the summer is slowly fading, temperatures outside are beginning to drop in some places. If you have a pool, this means it’s time to say goodbye for another year and prepare your pool for the colder months. If you live up North, preparing your pool for winter might mean covering it up completely until next Spring. However, the fading summer heat can sometimes die down slowly, so the winterization of your pool might be a slow process. We take you through the best ways to avoid damage to your pool during Winter and ensure that your pool is fully prepared for fall weather.
Extend Your Pool Season
If you live in an area where it may get colder but not that cold, then maybe you don’t need to cover your pool. Instead, heating solutions can keep you swimming even in the colder months. By heating your pool, you can still enjoy your rejuvenating morning swim while ensuring your pool remains properly cared for.
A swimming pool heat pump can extend your swim season by regulating the temperature of your pool and ensuring that you don’t freeze when you take a dip. If you don’t know where to start with buying a pool heat pump, take a look at our easy Pool Heat Pump Buying Guide to give you some assistance.
Most people agree that swimming pools shouldn’t be below a temperature of 78º if you’re seriously going to consider going for a swim. so if you want to swimming in the fall, you’re going to need a heat pump to help you out.
How to Prepare Your Pool For Fall Weather
Are you thinking about how you can prep your pool for the colder months and need some Fall prep tips? We’ve got you covered.
- Get a Winter Pool Cover: This is essential. If your pool is new or if you’re unsure of how to close a pool for the Winter season, getting a pool cover is a great first steps toward protecting your pool from harsh cold weather. While a heat pump can extend your swim season longer, depending on where you live there will be months where it is too cold to swim and the pool will need to be closed for winter. In these months, a cover is essential.
- Remove and Clean Summer Accessories: We’re talking about any blow up floats that are still in your pool. Your floating thermometer. The ladder in the deep end. You’ll want to ensure that these pool accessories are removed from the pool and given a good cleaning before they are put away for the winter.
- Keep Your Pool Clean of Debris: When it finally becomes too cold to swim, you’ll want your pool to be clean of any leaves, dirt and bugs so that you can cover it for the winter. Skimming out any unwanted items after each time you use the pool is great tip for keeping up with debris, but if you’ve left it for a while then make sure you do a final full clean before covering it, to keep it debris-free!
- Lower the Water Level: . This is a great way to prep your pool for winter. When you decide to close your pool, it’ll be much easier to get the cover to fit properly if water levels are a bit lower than usual. You can always fix this when you reopen your pool, but in the meantime lowering the water level will make your pool prep efforts seamless.
- Check Chemical Levels: . You probably do this regularly anyway, but as you’re nearing the time to close your pool, you’ll want to test the chemical levels in your pool. Crucial levels to monitor are the pH, alkalinity and calcium hardness to make sure they’re at the correct levels.
- Ensure Your System Is Just Right: . Make sure your pool pump and filtration system are cleaned and functioning properly before you power them down.