Covering the swimming pool during the winter season is the most important means of proper pool maintenance. It can help pool owners to save money as well as keeps the swimming pool active and usable for the swimming days.
An Inground swimming pool needs to undergo winterization before the pool cover can put on. As the winter season is approaching, and the temperature is as warm as 18 degrees in Celsius (65 degrees in Fahrenheit) or more, already do the winterization to close the swimming pool sooner. Do water testing and chemical balancing. On the other hand, if the temperature is below 18 degrees in Celsius (65 degrees in Fahrenheit), do the winterization, but the pool can still be left open. Wait until the temperature gets colder to cover the pool finally. Why? Algae growth is susceptible to cold weather. It means that it is the right timing to secure the cleanliness of the pool water for as how long the pool cover is on for the winter season.
After the winterization process, here comes the time to cover the in-ground pool for winter. In doing so, materials needed are ladders (to help remove swimming pool accessories), compressor, water chemistry kit, pool sanitizer (chlorine/ bromine), pool chemical increaser/decreaser (ph, Alkaline, Calcium hardness), cyanuric acid, algaecide, metal sequestrant, shock, rubber & skimmer plugs, pool brush, telescoping pole, pool vacuum, and of course, an in-ground winter swimming pool cover.
To close an in-ground swimming pool:
- Clean the pool. Use the telescoping pole and the pool brush to scrub the swimming pool floors, and walls, up to the crannies and nooks. Use the pool vacuum to collect the dirt after cleansing. If in a case seen algae growing, make use of algae brush thoroughly. Algae will split up and can now vacuum. By doing so, the growth has prevented as they can’t stand on pool chemicals about to add later on.
- Test the pool water. Make use of a water test kit. However, if still want to know a more accurate result, bring water sample on pool stores out there. Ph level, alkalinity, and calcium hardness should be appropriately balanced. It is to prevent the occurrence of scale build-up and corrosion while the swimming pool is covered. Also, the chlorine level must not exceed 5ppm. It can harm other additives and may even result in ineffectiveness.
- Add the swimming pool winterizing chemicals. Add the other swimming pool chemicals after setting up the right chlorine level. These are the algaecide, metal sequestrant, pool enzymes, WinterPill, and antifreeze, although some of them are optional.
- Lower the swimming pool water level. It is to prevent overflow from cold weather and the freeze damage that the season can provide.
- Cover the swimming pool. Before doing so, remove the swimming pool accessories (ladders, rails, or more). Then already put on the winter pool cover you prefer to use. Choose from regular winter cover or pool safety cover. The opt. is yours.