If you live in an area of the country that sees freezing temperatures during the winter months, then you'll need to properly winterize your above-ground swimming pool at some point during the fall. The process of closing a pool for the year can be a bit time consuming and involves balancing chemicals, draining the water level, winterizing your pool plumbing, and covering the pool. This article will focus on the steps required to winterize your pool's important (and often expensive) plumbing accessories.
Winterizing the Pump and Filter
One of the most important steps you can take when closing your pool for winter is that of winterizing your pump and filter. After all, these two plumbing components are vital and can cost a great deal of money to replace if improperly winterized. Fortunately, the process is relatively simple. Most pumps have three different settings: on, backwash, and winterize. First, you'll want to empty your pump and filter of any excess water so that it doesn't freeze inside the unit during the frigid winter months. This can be done by turning it to the "backwash" setting.
Once the water is drained from the pump and filter, switch it to the "winterize" setting. For extra protection, place a tarp over the pump for the winter or store it in a shed or garage until spring rolls around.
Protecting the Skimmer
You'll also want to take steps to protect your pool's skimmer. This includes draining your pool's water so that the water line is a few inches below the skimmer. This will ensure that no water enters the skimmer and freezes, causing damage. For additional protection, you can (and should) also insert a plug into your skimmer. Plugs to fit your skimmer can be found at your local pool supply store for just a few dollars apiece.
Disconnecting and Storing Hoses
Finally, make sure that all your hoses running to and from your pool and pump are disconnected and dried out for the winter. Any water remaining in those hoses could freeze if exposed to cold temperatures, which could cause the hoses to crack. To prevent this, be sure to dump all excess water out of the hoses as you're disconnecting them and preparing your pool for winter. Furthermore, you can store your hoses inside a garage that stays above 32 degrees Fahrenheit during the months of winter to ensure that any remaining water doesn't freeze.
For additional help with pool maintenance or repair, contact a professional like Sunset Pools.
My name is Sara Jenkins and I am the daughter of a plumber. As a young girl, I was not very impressed by what my father did for a living, but I loved spending time with him so I was thrilled each time he asked me to help with a repair around the house. What I didn't realize at the time was that my father was teaching me skills that would prove incredibly useful in my adult life. Today, thanks to him, I have completed a long list of plumbing jobs in my own home without the need to hire a contractor. This blog is my way of saying thank you to him by sharing all of the things that he has taught me about home repairs and construction.