Eight Tips to Maintain Your Pool When Freezing Temperatures are in the Forecast
Protecting your pool equipment from freezing temperatures is important. Check out these helpful tips so you can help protect your backyard oasis from the effects of cold weather.
1. Watch the Weather
If your local weather channel says temperatures will drop to 45 degrees Fahrenheit (F) or lower, consider a full closure of your pool.
2. Run Automation
If you live in a climate where you are experiencing freezing temperatures for a short period, you can enable freeze protection on your pool automation system. Having pool automation allows your pool equipment to continue running until normal temperatures return.
If you do not have pool automation, run your pool equipment 24/7 until temperatures return to normal.
3. Call Your Pool Professional
Ask your pool professional what you should do with your pool before freezing temperatures affect your equipment. Your pool professional can help you prep your pool equipment and water for freezing temperatures.
Before your pool pro arrives, you can:
4. Clean Your Pool
5. Check Your Pool Water Chemistry
Before closing your pool, always shock the water before adding winterization chemicals. Stabilizing your pool water reduces the likelihood of algae bloom or scaling.
6. Prep Pool Equipment for Closure
Remove pool cleaners, booster pumps and detachable pool accessories. While you wait for a pool professional to assist in closing your pool, keep your automation and filtration systems and your pool pump running.
7. Find Space for Your Pool Equipment
If your pool pro says you need to store your pool equipment, find a place where the air temperature is above 40F degrees, such as a shed or the back corner of your garage.
8. Have Your Winter Cover Ready
After your pool pro has assessed your pool, have your winter cover ready so you can help to protect your pool from sleet or snow and help to keep your pH balanced until the cold front has passed.