12 Tips For Closing Your Pool For Winter

If you live in an area that experiences extreme weather when winter rolls around, then you'll often have to deal with seasonal issues such as snow and ice as well as some seriously chilly temperatures. While the conditions can certainly affect you, they can also do damage to your abode. That's why it's important to prep your home for cold weather

If you have a pool in your yard, then you'll surely want to do the same in order to properly protect it. Frankly, pools aren't cheap — according to the experts over at Pioneer Family Pools, not only can frozen water harm the liner in the pool, but it can also freeze up your pipes, filters, and other pricey parts that you might end up having to replace. It doesn't matter whether you have an aboveground pool or an inground pool, a chlorinated pool or a saltwater pool, you'll definitely want to take certain steps to make sure that it doesn't end up at the mercy of wintery weather.

With that in mind, anyone who has a pool and lives somewhere that turns into a winter wonderland will surely want to check out these tips for closing your pool before the cold weather hits.

Close it at the right time

When it comes to closing your pool, you want to tackle the job before the snow comes and ice potentially freezes the lining and plumbing. However, you also don't want to close it too early as emptying and covering a pool when the weather is warm can lead to algae.

Remove the water

You'll want to drain your pool before the first frost. Be sure to check the local rules around getting rid of the water and follow them in order to avoid a fine. If the task is too much for you, then it may be better to hire a professional.

Get rid of debris

While you likely do your best to keep your pool clean of debris throughout the summer, you'll also want to get rid of anything that could otherwise be left over the winter. Debris like branches and leaves can rot and cause mold or mildew while dirt can lead to stains on your liner or tiles.

Clean the filter

Your filter may spend the summer hard at work keeping the water crystal clear. Before winter hits, it's your chance to return the favor by giving the filter a thorough cleaning. In the same way you don't want debris to freeze in and damage your pool, you also don't want it to ruin your filter.

Turn off the pool heater

Not all pools have heaters, however, if your pool does, then you'll want to turn it off for the winter. Additionally, if the exterior section of your pool's heater is located outside, then you'll want to clean it off and then protect it from the snow by popping on the accompanying cover.

Turn off the pool pump

The pump works hard when you're using your pool and is another part that needs to be given a break during the winter. Use this opportunity to check for any needed maintenance, and make sure it's properly shut off until the warm weather makes its return.

Remove any lights

When there's water in the pool, lights can create a stunning effect as well as allow you to swim at night. However, there will be no need to light up your pool during the winter and lightbulbs can break if they freeze, which can cause damage to the fixtures.

Check the plumbing

Pipes in your walls and leading into your home can freeze during winter, which can cause them to crack and burst. The same can happen to the pipes that lead to or are around your pool. Check the plumbing before winter and turn off any pipes that aren't needed.

Remove automated systems and devices

If you have a system set up to automatically add chlorine or salt to your pool, then you'll want to make sure that they're turned off or removed from the water. On top of that, address any specific issues such as removing leftover products that could cause grime, stains, or nasty build-up.

Store away your pool supplies

Pools require a fair share of maintenance throughout the summer which means that you likely have various tools and supplies that you keep close by in order to keep up with the upkeep. Part of closing your pool should involve storing your cleaning supplies safely away and putting away any toys and floaties.

Put on a pool cover

Putting a cover on your pool before winter hits can protect it from snow during the colder months. It can also keep critters out and your liner in better condition. These days, pool covers come in a variety of shapes and colors that will fit your yard when it comes to both size and style.

Tidy up the surrounding area

Once your pool is cleaned and protected, you'll want to take care of the surrounding area. Put away chairs, tables, and sun umbrellas that might be nearby and clear off your deck or patio. If necessary, sweep around the area and spray it down to make sure it will be clean when summer comes.