Seasonal Pool Care
Winterizing Your Swimming Pool

Many pool owners, mainly new pool owners, do not understand that just because you’re not swimming in your pool, does not mean you can forget about it as the weather turns colder. A swimming pool cannot be placed on the self or tucked away in a dark closet. As an end to end pool service company, handling weekly pool service and pool equipment repairs, the phone calls start to rush in as the weather heats up from pool owners that left their swimming pool un-maintained during the fall and winter months. The phone lines are flood with calls, pool owners wanting us to rush to fix what they let go during the winter; green swimming pool water, pool filters don’t seem to be working, pool pump not working, water leaking from pool equipment, and weird noises coming from their equipment.

The biggest mistake pool owners can make is dismissing their weekly pool service once the weather has turned cold, this could cost you more next spring to fix the issues that occur from neglect, unless you plan on maintaining it yourself. We understand many new pool owners did not know how important it is to winterizing their swimming pool and protect their swimming pool equipment form damage during the fall and winter, we are here to help.

As the hot sunny days start to drift away, as a pool owner it is time to start planning, what needs to be done to protect your swimming pool and pool equipment from the harsh cold winter days and nights. In Northern California usually towards the end of October is when the fun time splashing around with our children, enjoying a swim before and after work, or just lounging around the pool soaking up the sun starts to quickly come to an end.

If your swimming pool I located in the milder, warmer clients like Northern California, protecting your swimming pool and pool equipment isn’t as complex as pool owners living in areas that hit freezing temperatures.  However, even in these warmer client locations winterizing your swimming pool is important if you want to protect your investment and ensure your families’ swimming pool is ready when hot summer days return.

Take the time to review our tips to winterize your swimming pool, will help keep your pool and pool equipment well-maintained through the fall and winter. These easy steps will make it much easier and save money when it comes time to open your swimming pool when spring arrives once again.

Keeping Your Water Balanced

Don’t forget your pool service in the winter months, your pool water still needs to be kept in balance to keep your equipment in good working order and keep algae from growing. Algae prefers the heat therefore, it is less likely to bloom in the colder seasons it doesn’t mean your pool can’t get it.  Just because you’re not using your swimming pool doesn’t mean dirt, debris, and algae can’t layer themselves on your pool plaster and pool tile. Maintaining your water’s balance between chlorine levels and pH is as important in the colder months as it is in the warmer months.  Don’t let your pool water turn green, it will take longer to clear and can damage your equipment and you could end up with costly repairs.

Keep Pool Plaster & Pool Tile Clean with Brushing

Don’t forget to brush your swimming pool during the winter, it is much like brushing your teeth regularly, your swimming pool plaster and tile needs to be kept clean all year long.  We recommend using a brush that is made of 50% nylon and 50% stainless steel.

Keep the Buildup of Leaves & Debris Out

Your pool equipment and your automatic pool cleaners will need to continue to run on a scheduled basis to keep the debris out of your swimming pool. With winter comes, wind, rain and falling leaves, broken twigs, bird nest and anything else that is not nailed down can land in your swimming pool. If you do not have an automatic pool sweep, Pentair’s Kreepy Krauly Legend Series (note link to our pool equipment page) can certainly take care of removal of larger debris from the bottom of your pool. If you do not have an automatic pool cleaner, you will need to get out regularly with a larger debris net, and manually remove the leaves and other items from your swimming pool. However, a leaf vacuum, such as a _ _ _ can do the work for you as well. Remember to keep your skimmer baskets and automatic cleaner bags emptied.

Keep Scale Buildup at Bay

The buildup of minerals on your pool plaster and pool tile is known as scale. The most common swimming pool scale is calcium buildup.  Calcium buildup can harm pool plaster, pool tile, and causes havoc with your pool equipment, if you have a salt chlorinator it can damage your salt cell.  Besides brushing you can use safe chemicals treatments such as Beautec, to prevent scale buildup as well as removes stains from your pool plaster and pool tile. Salt cells provide a warm alkaline environment, which attracts calcium. If you have a salt cell it will not turn on once your swimming pool water reaches 60 degrees Fahrenheit therefore, we recommend you replace your salt cell with a dummy/pass-through cell, you can remove this calcium build up out of the equation.

Keep Your Pool Equipment Running

Change the time your pool filter pump runs, set it to run its cycle during the coldest time period, this is generally between midnight and 6:00 AM, it could vary depending on where you live.  This will give your swimming pool the regular filtration needed and protection from freezing.

Swimming Pool Solar Panels

Swimming pool solar panels need to be drained to allow the water to drain out of the panels. It is also recommended to blow air through the collector to remove water that could be trapped.  This is also a great time to inspect the collector panel for damage and inspect the mountings, make sure they are secure and ready for winter winds.

As a pool owner remember practice due diligence, keep your swimming pool service up, maintain the balance of your pool water, brush your pool plaster and pool time twice a month, and swimming pool equipment maintained throughout the cold months.  Pool maintenance will make it easier, faster and less expensive to re-open your families’ swimming pool the following spring, and your family will be glad you did!

If you’re not sure what to do, give us a call, we can help you close down your pool for winter, provide tips and re-open next spring. I you are not comfortable doing routine weekly maintenance we can take care of that for you as well.