As the temperatures drop, now is the time to winterize your pool for safe keeping.
As the fall winds down, it’s time to close your pool. Experts agree that extra care and attention to your pool before winter arrives does save homeowners time, money, and frustration when reopening it in the spring. The main reasons for winterizing your pool are to protect it from damage caused by freezing water, and to keep it debris-free.
A swimming pool is an important investment, so extra winterizing care is important to protect it, and you, since liability is in play whether the pool is open or closed.
- Inspect It
Look for cracks, leaks, or other types of damage in or around your pool. The cold temperatures will only worsen these problems, so it’s best to get a handle on them now. If there are issues with the pool, contact your local pool professional for repairs. You’ll also want to ensure that the pool liner is in good condition, free from cracks, tears, and with secure anchors.
- Spend Some Time Cleaning
Clean the pool of debris thoroughly by skimming and using a good leaf rake so that it is ready to be covered. Remove everything from the pool aside from the water, storing toys and equipment safely elsewhere.
- Test the Water
Use a pool test kit and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to check and adjust pH, alkalinity, and calcium hardness. By balancing the water’s chemical levels, you’ll also protect against corrosion and staining.
- Lower the Levels
Lower the water level using your pool’s pump. How much you reduce the water level will depend on the pool and the type of cover you’re putting on. In an in-ground pool, the water level should typically be 4-6 inches below the tiles. The water line in an above-ground pool is often an inch or two beneath the return. Always check your pool instructions beforehand.
- Pull the Cover On
Pulling the cover on is the least technical but critically important step. The pool cover will help to keep debris and pests out of the water as well as creating a space barrier that allows freezing pool water to expand safely underneath the cover.
- Review Your Insurance Coverage
Having a pool means a higher liability for homeowners. Even though you may not use your pool in the winter months, it is still susceptible to damage. To protect it, secure your luxury home insurance!
Visit Lamburt Corporation Insurance for all of your insurance needs in Stratford, Connecticut and White Plains, New York! Our team can help to protect your pool through winter and beyond.