The Benefits of Winterizing Your Pool
The Benefits of Winterizing Your Pool
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The Benefits of Winterizing Your Pool

While you may not be taking a dip as regularly during the winter, you mustn’t forget about your pool altogether. ‘Winterizing’ your pool will keep it safe and healthy, ready for when the warm weather returns. 

Don’t worry — everything you need to know about winterizing your pool can be found in this guide. We discuss exactly what pool winterizing is, the steps you can take to protect your pool and the many, many benefits to doing just that.

What is Pool Winterizing?

Pool winterizing is all about getting your pool ready to hibernate for the winter. There are several key steps:

  • Balancing water chemistry

This includes adjusting pH levels, alkalinity, and sanitizing the water to prevent algae growth and protect the pool’s surfaces and equipment from corrosion and scale buildup.

  • Lowering the water level

This is done to prevent water from freezing and expanding, which can damage the pool structure and plumbing.

  • Draining equipment

Water is removed from pumps, heaters, filters, and other pool equipment. This step is crucial to prevent freezing and cracking.

  • Cleaning and covering

The pool is thoroughly cleaned to remove debris, and then covered with a durable cover. This not only protects the pool from debris and harsh weather conditions but also secures it for safety.

How to Close a Pool

Closing your pool is more than just throwing a cover over it and calling it a day. It’s about making sure everything is balanced, clean, and secure. This includes checking your water chemistry and ensuring your pool accessories are safely stored away. A properly closed pool will be easier to reopen when the season changes.

When Should You Winterize Your Pool?

You should start winterizing your pool when temperatures begin to drop, and the pool water temperature starts to fall. If you’re unsure of when this might be, the trick is to monitor your pool water temperature to get a more accurate reading. 

What Are the Benefits of Winterizing? 

Winterizing is like providing essential care to your pool. It protects it from the harsh winter elements, keeps it clean, and makes sure it’s ready to go when summer rolls around again. Plus, it saves you a lot of headaches (and money!) on repairs.

Here are some other great reasons to winterize your pool:

  • Prevents freeze damage

Protects against cracking and damage due to expanding ice.

  • Maintains water quality

Reduces the risk of algae growth and chemical imbalances.

  • Saves on repair costs

Lessens the likelihood of costly repairs due to winter damage.

  • Eases spring opening

Simplifies the process of reopening your pool for the next season.

  • Extends pool lifespan

Regular winterizing contributes to the overall longevity of your pool.

Find your local pool company 

If you need assistance or guidance with winterizing your pool, the Master Pools Guild is here to help. Our network of skilled professionals can provide the support you need. Find your local MPG member through our website. For any further inquiries, don’t hesitate to contact us.



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