Off Season Pool Care Tips
With another hot Georgia summer winding down, it's important that you prepare properly for the winter, which means making sure your pool is ready. Properly winterizing your pool can help you avoid high pool maintenance costs in Alpharetta and can ensure your pool is ready earlier for the hot summer months. Here are a few tips to make sure you close your pool properly for the off season.
About a week before you want to close your pool, balance the chemicals so that the pH, alkalinity, and calcium levels are where they should be. Generally, you'll want the pH between 7.6 and 7.8, the alkalinity from 80-100, and the calcium hardness between 150-250. Bring the chlorine level up to 10-12 ppm and then allow it to drop back to normal levels. After you do this you can add any winterizing chemicals of algaecides that you intend to use.
It's important to drain the all of the water out of the pump, filter, heater, and chlorinator lines. You can be sure all the water is out if you blow it out with a shop vac. Remove filters and clean them, and remove all the plugs. Failure to properly drain all the equipment could damage your equipment and result in costly repairs or replacement. Be sure to turn off electrical breakers for the pool as well.
It's important to have your pool as clean as possible when you winterize, so it's a good idea to have a pool maintenance company in Alpharetta do this. The cleaner the pool is, the less work you'll have to do to prepare it for spring and summer when you open your pool again. A good cleaning will remove all debris at the top and bottom of the pool as well as anything that may be growing on the sides or floor of the pool.
You shouldn't completely empty your pool for the off season, but it is important to lower it 4- 6 inches below the lowest plumbing line and at least below the skimmer.
Finally, be sure to use a quality winter cover to keep leaves and other debris out of the pool. A pool cover is important not only to help keep it clean, but it also blocks out the sun to prevent algae growth. In addition, a good winter cover can help take on some water expansion that occurs in freezing water so that the expansion doesn't put pressure on your pool walls instead.