Learn how you can prepare your pool for the winter.

As temperatures drop, it’s time to get your pool ready to close for the winter.  While saying goodbye to your summer swims might be a little sad, the actual process of winterizing your pool doesn’t need to be painful.  Follow this guide to learn how to close and winterize your pool.

1) Remove Equipment from Your Pool

Remove your diving board, ladders, rails, and other equipment you might have in and around your pool.  Additionally, remove the eyeball fittings from your return lines and the skimmer baskets from your skimmers.

2) Test and Clean your Pool Water

Test your pool’s water to make sure it’s balanced.  A properly balanced pool will prevent corrosion and scale build-up while your pool is closed.  You should also use test strips to make sure your water has a pH between 7.4 and 7.6.  Your alkalinity should be between 100ppm and 150ppm.  Additionally, you should check to make sure your chlorine level is between 1 and 3 parts per million.   Finally, you should make sure your pool is completely clean before adding chemicals.

3) Add Winter Chemicals

To winterize your pool you’ll need: pH and/or Alkalinity increaser, chlorine tablets or another sanitizer, chlorine shock, and winter algaecide.

4) Clean Your Filter and Pump and Blow Out Your Lines

Backwash your filter and open up your pump lid to remove any debris that’s in the basket.  Blowing out your pool lines is a complicated process, so make sure you do research before attempting it.  If you’re not feeling confident about it, then don’t hesitate to contact a professional to handle this step.

5) Put on Your Winter Cover

Check your winter cover for tears or any damages, if it looks good, cover up your pool and you’re good to go!

Follow this guide to prepare your pool for the winter months ahead.  If you need assistance with closing your pool for the winter or with getting your pool maintained, contact the professionals at Clean & Clear Pools.  Located in Danville, California, we serve the Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Alamo, and Danville communities.

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