How do I Winterize my Summer Escapes Pool

Note: These instructions are for winterizing Summer Escapes Pools in warmer climates

Cooler temperatures, shorter days and the leaves changing color signify the end of the summer season and time to close up your pool for the winter. So, the question is how do I winterize my Summer Escapes pool? It is important that do this properly as done wrong could mean a delay in opening your pool next summer at best and might cost you some major amounts of money in repairs and the like at worst. However, if you follow these steps you can be assured you will have a pool that is ready next summer with minimal expense and little effort.

First and foremost, the pool needs to be cleaned. This step involves several activities. The walls of the pool should be thoroughly scrubbed with a brush even where it seems they are clean. Scrubbing these areas removes small, unseen particles. Then, let the pool stand for a day to allow removed particles to either collect on the pool floor or be filtered out.

The next day you should sweep and vacuum the pool. This means removing all leaves and dirt from the floor of the pool and any other debris that is floating on the surface or is suspended in the water of the pool. The pool needs to be as clean as possible as when chemicals are added to the water, any loose organic materials will throw off the chemical balance for the winter. Also, take any removable ladders out of the pool as a lot of dirt can collect on these as well. Clean and dry them thoroughly before storage.

Test the water in your pool with a pool water test kit that you can purchase from your local pool supply retailer. The alkalinity and pH levels should be tested first and adjusted to normal swimming season levels. The pH level should be between 7.4 and 7.6 and alkalinity should be around 100 parts per million. The pool needs an algaecide treatment. Use the amount that is specified for the pool and its size.

The water is now ready for winter but some of it needs to be drained off to about 6 inches below the skimmer. Doing this, decreases the amount of pressure against the pool walls and can prevent them from partially collapsing. The pump and filter system should also be turned off at this point and then fully drained. Disconnect the lines on the filter coming from the pump and going to the pool and remove the filter. If you have a cartridge filter, use a pressure washer to clean it off and then dry it completely or it will get moldy during the winter.

The pump also needs to be drained of any water in it. Once this has been done, store the pump and filter system, filter and other accessories in a cool, dry place, such as a basement. Here they can be best protected from the elements of winter.

The last step is to cover the pool with a winter cover and secure it safely to the sides of the pool. You may want to place a large inflatable beach ball in the center of the pool under the cover or use an air pillow under the cover to prevent the pool cover from sagging or collecting water or melted ice and snow during the winter. It is also recommended that you watch over your pool during the winter should there be heavy snow falls or severe weather.

So, some simple procedures and some patience can get your pool easily winterized and facilitate setting it up the next season.

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