Winterizing, or closing your pool, is necessary if you live in a climate that sees temperatures below freezing for any length of time. If that’s your case, you must learn how to winterize a pool to prevent any possible damage. In this post, you’ll learn how to winterize a pool in 10 easy steps.
Why Winterize Your Pool
Water expands when frozen and can result in costly repairs to your pool plumbing and equipment unless you winterize prior to freezing weather.
Most newer pumps and/or pool control systems have freeze protection functions that automatically cycle the pump(s) on and off periodically.
If you do not live in a climate where the temperature gets below freezing and stays for several days at a time, there may be no need to winterize your pool and you should simply make sure that water circulates periodically when the temperature is below freezing.
Check to make sure freeze protection is configured prior just to be safe. If you do not have a system that has freeze protection, run the pump while the temperatures are below freezing.
Pro Tip: For periodic dips below freezing, make sure that water circulates periodically when the temperature is below freezing. Check to make sure freeze protection on your pumps is configured prior just to be safe
How To Winterize a Pool
Each pool set up is different and winterizing can be different depending on factors such as whether or not you have a heater, how long your temperatures remain below freezing, or whether or not you have water features that need to be winterized.
In the end, the principles of winterization are the same, thoroughly clean your pool and balance your water to prevent staining or other unwanted effects, shock to remove any existing contaminants to prevent unsafe or green water, and remove water from your pipes and equipment to prevent damage.Sutro can help you balance and test your pool water at all times, keeping you informed 24/7 about your pool maintenance tasks.