How to Winterize the Backyard Pool

Winterize the Backyard Pool
Winterize the Backyard Pool

If you have an underground swimming pool, it’s absolutely necessary to winterize it.  Even if you are one of those people that live in a warmer climate, you still should be taking a few simple steps to keep your pool, the system itself and your pool area maintained for wintertime.  These guidelines below are a general rule, but because each person has different climates they live in, different pool sizes and shapes as well as different equipment, tools and mechanics, if you really want to know how to winterize your specific pool ask a profession about pool construction in Greenwich CT for more exact information.

Blow The Lines

When winterizing your pool the #1 thing that most people don’t do and should is blow out your pool lines.  This can be done quickly and easily by using an air tank or something like it by blowing all of the water out of the lines.  Obviously if this is a step you do not choose to take it could result in water staying in the lines, freezing and then ruining or cracking your lines.

Plugging The Lines Up

Beyond just blowing the air through the lines to get all the water out, you should also plug your lines up.  You can use a variety of plugs depending on the size of the holes in your pipes.  This is just to prevent any water from getting back in and ruining step #1 in the process.

Still Adding Chemicals

In the same way you use test kits and chlorine to clean the pool when in use, you need to use specialized winterizing chemicals to keep the pool clean while the water is still.  It’s pretty unlikely that your pool will have algae growing in it in the winter, but the winterizing chemicals also help with other instances of bacteria as well.  This way you won’t just have a pool of stagnant water.  The winterizing chemicals help slow the algae and bacteria process down in time for spring time when algae grows incredibly fast.

Pool Covers

Pool covers are a needed item for any season, but if you want to really winterize your pool for the cold snowy weather make sure you get a pool cover that not only keeps snow and rain out of the pool, but helps protect it from debris, dirt and leaves too.  A good option to look at is a solid cover than can do both.

Even if you live in the warmer states like Texas, Florida and California, you still should take every responsibility in protecting your pool.  Even in good old Florida aka the Sunshine State, they do get frost from time to time in the cold winter months.  In these cases make sure your pump is going even when it’s cold.  Some of the pumps out there have a feature called freeze protection.  Freeze protection will automatically turn the pump on when the air gets near its freezing points – around 38 degrees.    If you don’t have this feature on your water pump, just do it the old fashion way and watch the news.  Turn on the pump when you know you are going to have a really cold or cool day or night.

Extra Special Tips

Here are a few extra tips you should be aware of when it comes to your swimming pool:

– Never ever use Anti-Freeze in your swimming pool.  Not only can this ruin your pool, the water pump and anything else it comes in contact with, but it’s dangerous for humans too – no matter how much you try to flush it out.

–  While it’s not imminent to lower your pool water levels, it is a general rule of thumb to leave the water at the tile line.

– Make sure that once it starts to warm up temperature wise that you always perform a chem test on your water.  This will ensure that your water will be clean and not murky looking in time for the spring when you open your swimming pool up.

Some people never winterize their pool and then they get hit back with the consequences.  You paid for the pool; it’s your investment, treat as you would any other investment.  Take some time caring for it and it will give you back years of fun in the sun and backyard entertainment that you can enjoy on your own, with friends or family.  If this is something you absolutely do not want to do or don’t know where to get started even with the tips above, make sure you at least call in a company that offers pool design and they can help you figure out exactly what you need to do.

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