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Top 5 Tips for Winterizing Your Pool

When summer ends and you are no longer lounging by the pool, don’t forget to give your pool some end-of-season TLC. Summer is officially over. As the seasons change, so do the ways we take care of our pool. Just because you won’t be lounging poolside for a while doesn’t mean you can neglect it until next pool season. After all, pools are an investment and taking the right steps now will save you time and money when spring rolls back around. Preserve your pool in all its glory with these top five tips:

Brush Up.
Use a pool brush and vacuum up any dirt or algae on your pool’s floor and walls. While you’re at it, make sure to pick up any toys and floats, leaves or other debris and remove them from the area. The last thing you want is all of your hard work to go to waste because a few branches blew into the water and caused stains or threw off your pool’s chemistry. Remove and store pool accessories like a basketball hoop, diving board, or ladder.

To Drain or Not to Drain?
If you’re in an area where freezing temperatures are likely, the water level should be 4 to 6 inches below the skimmer opening. If you’re in an area where freezing temperatures are not likely, take a look at your pool manual for specific instructions but it’s you may not need to drain your pool at all – less work for those lucky folks in the South!

Balance is Key.
Stabilize the water chemistry by making sure the alkalinity, calcium and pH levels are balanced. Follow these guidelines: pH: 7.2 – 7.6, Alkalinity: 80 – 120 parts per million (ppm) and Calcium Hardness: 180 – 220 ppm. Be just as careful if you have a saltwater pool. Failure to properly balance the water in any pool can lead to problems that may not show up until you try to re-open it in the spring. If you have metals in the water or very high calcium hardness you’ll have to take additional steps to prevent staining or scale formation.

Give it the Shock Treatment.
Shocking and chlorinating your pool is the best way to get rid of any bacteria and algae that try to stick around (literally!) during the winter.

Keep it Covered.
Winter pool covers are essential. Families with small children or pets will appreciate the peace of mind safety covers bring. Your cover should be clean, free of tears and leave no gaps.