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Winterizing Your Inground Pool
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If you own a swimming pool, you know that maintaining this aesthetic feature can be overwhelming. Inground swimming pools need the right chemicals and equipment for them to stay crystal-clear at all times. But is it possible to maintain an outdoor pool during winter? Typically, outdoor swimming pools are not usually in use during winter. So, before winter begins, consider winterizing your inground pool. Doing this will keep the pool healthy until the next swimming peak season.

Winterizing Your Inground Pool

What is winterizing a pool?

When pool professionals talk about winterizing a pool, they simply mean closing the pool for winter. However, it’s not just closing the pool. You need to incorporate several steps when winterizing your inground pool. Make sure you employ a dependable pool company like Crystal Blue Aquatics to do the winterizing for you. We are a top-notch pool company with extensive experience and expertise. 

Detailed steps of winterizing your inground pool

Step one: Choose the winterizing that works for you

There are two types of pool winterizing; active and passive winterizing. The climatic conditions of your area often determine the one you choose. If your geographical region experiences more than 5 degrees Celsius during winter, active winterizing works best for you. On the other hand, if your geographical region experiences less than 5 degrees Celsius, passive winterizing is your best option.

Step 2: Check if you have all equipment

Once you settle on the most suitable type of winterizing, ensure you have all equipment. Generally, you will need the following items.

  • A pH test strip to help you check for alkalinity and acidity.
  • Chlorine and other pool chemicals.
  • Protective garments; ensure you have heavy-duty and waterproof gloves and goggles.
  • A vacuum cleaner, skimmer, and pool brush.
  • Durable pool cover.

Step 3: Ensure you have balanced water chemistry

Once you make sure that you have all the equipment, ensure your pool chemistry is well balanced. Use the pH test strip to check the alkalinity/acidity of the water. If you notice the pool has too much alkalinity, add muriatic acid to lower the pH. On the flip side, if the pool has a very low pH, use sodium bicarbonate to increase the alkalinity.

Step 4: Shock the pool

Before you close the pool for winter, ensure you shock it. Shocking the pool enables you to eliminate all microorganisms, bacteria, and algae in the pool. It is more of an intense disinfection process. What you’ll need to do is raise the chlorine level of the pool to get rid of all contaminants. Pool experts recommend shocking the pool at least two days before you close the pool. Remember, you have to allow the pool’s chlorine levels to go back to normal before you close the pool.

Step 5: Clean and sanitize your pool accessories 

After shocking the pool, remove all pool equipment and start cleaning them thoroughly. Some of the pool equipment you’ll need to clean includes skimmers, vacuums, handrails, ladders, among other removable pool additions. After cleaning this pool equipment, place them out to dry in an open area. Then, store them in a cool, dry place.

Step 6: Lower down the water level

You cannot close the pool when the pool water level is high. The pool water level should be down by at least 10 centimeters. Moreover, it should be lower than the skimmer intake.

Step 7: Clean the pool surfaces

Use a soft pool brush to scrub the surfaces of the pool. Pay attention to all the corners and sides. The entire surface should be sparkling clean. You have to scrub gently to avoid scratching the pool surface. In case you see any cracks on the surface, it would be best if you fix them immediately.

Winterizing Your Inground Pool

Step 8: Clean the pool filter

Before disconnecting the pool filter, it is best to backwash it. This way, you prevent clogging on the filter and eliminate any dirt accumulation on the filter. After backwashing, clean the cartridge and dry it before storage. If you notice that the cartridge is worn out, replace it.

Step 9: Cover the swimming pool using a suitable cover

Winterizing your inground pool requires you to cover the pool using an effective pool cover. It would be best to use a winter pool cover to protect the pool from harsh external conditions. Pool covers protect the inground pool from dirt, leaves among other elements. In turn, it keeps the pool in good condition for the next few months. Purchase a pool cover that is affordable and easy to use.

Crystal Blue Aquatics offers the best pool winterizing services!

Conducting a DIY project on winterizing your inground pool is challenging. Consequently, always look for a reliable pool company that can winterize your inground pool. We, Crystal Blue Aquatics, help you close your pool for winter at an affordable fee. We use the right chemicals and equipment to ensure your inground pool survives until the next spring or summer. If you plan on winterizing your inground pool, do not hesitate to give us a call!

Author: Sarah Wambua

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