Winterizing Inground Swimming Pool
If you are a happy owner of the in-ground swimming pool, you should probably be aware that your pool needs to be in perfect condition for the summer times. One of the best ways to do so is to winterize your swimming pool for the colder times! Here are some basics of in-ground pool winterizing.
Winterizing Tips for Swimming Pools
There are several ways to protect your swimming pool for the cold times, when the temperature drops drastically. The swimming pool can be severely damaged by winter frost. The best time to protect your in-ground pool for winter is the end of the season, for some it is early September, for other august, but of course you know better when to start winterizing. First of all, you should prepare all of the equipment, the chemical testing kit, chemicals, pool cover, plugs – anything you think is appropriate.
First test the pH level, which should be between 7.2 and 7.6. Among other chemicals that should be in perfect conditions are alkalinity, which should be between 80 and 150 ppm (parts per million) , while the calcium hardness should be between 180 and 220 ppm. Moreover, if you are winterizing the in-ground pool, chlorine levels should be from 1.0 to 3.0 to maintain good water quality. If the chemicals are unbalanced, this is a perfect way to start winterizing! It is also important to spot any cracks and damages and fix them before going for the whole winterizing project. Once the chemical level is even, lower the water in the pool with the pump and don’t forget to add algaecide to the water. Algaecide would kill the possible algae and make your pool ready for the next swimming season.
Clean the water filters, pumps and make sure there are no debris in the pool. It is important to remove all of the water from the filters, using an air compressor to blow all of the lines dry. If possible, remove the ladder, the boards and everything that floats on the water, or protect it with duct tape. The last step of winterizing your pool is to cover the pool with pool cover.