Not Swimming Season? Guide To Winterizing Your In-Ground Swimming Pool

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Most homeowners who have an in-ground pool understand its massive benefits. From an addition to your home's backyard for the family and a new passion for exercise to the increased total value of your home, the benefits of a swimming pool are easy to see. Unfortunately, this addition requires proper cleaning and maintenance to ensure the pool is safe and ready to enjoy.

While you may not use your pool in the fall or winter season, prepping it now for the spring and summer months is essential. Using this guide on winterizing, your pool will be clean, functional, and ready for the warmer months.

Check/Refresh the Water

An imbalance in your pool's water chemistry can increase your risk of health problems such as respiratory issues and skin or eye irritations. To ensure your pool water has a healthy balance, consider checking the chemical levels using test strips and a drop kit. After filling the testing vial with pool water, drop in a test strip and allow it to sit for a few seconds. Use the following guide when checking and refreshing your pool water:

  • Chlorine – When pool water remains stagnant for a long period of time, such as in the winter season, bacteria is most likely to build up in the water. Fortunately, chlorine prevents this harmful growth in and on your water, but an excessive amount of this chemical is not healthy. Make sure your test strips display a chlorine level between 1.0 and 3.0.
  • PH – The amount of chlorine in your pool affects your pool's PH level, as well. A high PH level decreases the function of chlorine, which increases your risk of bacteria and algae growth. Be sure the PH level measures between 7.2 and 7.8.

Algaecide

Healthy chlorine and PH levels will reduce your risk of developing bacteria and algae, but you still may develop patches of green growth on your water's surface. Green algae may grow due to poor quality water, rain, wind, and other environmental conditions. While it is unappealing, green algae can be hazardous to your family's health if they swim in the water.

Before putting your pool to rest for the winter, add an algaecide to the water. Combine a concentrated algaecide with water and pour directly in the water. Start at one end of your pool and work your way around the exterior, adding algaecide along the way.

Cleaning

Cleaning the surrounding area of your pool is also smart before the winter season begins. Fortunately, this is an easy task that only requires a common household ingredient and your garden hose.

In an outdoor sprayer, combine the following:

  • 2 gallons of water
  • 2 gallons of white vinegar

Douse the solution on the surfaces surrounding your pool and allow to soak for 30 minutes. Then, rinse off with your garden hose. The antibacterial properties in vinegar will kill any harmful bacteria while removing leftover dirt and debris from around your pool.

Cover

After focusing on your water quality and the cleanliness of your pool surround, cover your in-ground pool.

A good quality pool cover will prevent the water from freezing temperatures, wintry precipitation, dirt, and other debris. Be sure to drain your pool water and clean all filters. Place filters inside your home or garage during the winter season, as well. Use a long-handled broom or pool net to remove leaves or other debris from the interior of your pool.

After cleaning, install your preferred cover to keep the pool interior from exposure this winter.

An in-ground swimming pool is a great investment for your home and family, but proper maintenance is imperative. Using this guide on winterizing, your pool will be protected for the harsh winter season. You can also contact a local professional, such as Contemporary Pools Inc, for more information. 

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