Having a swimming pool in your backyard is one of the best ways to enjoy the summer months with friends and family. However, as winter approaches, it’s time to start thinking about how to properly prepare your pool for the off-season. Not taking proper measures to winterize your outdoor swimming pool can lead to some serious damage.

In this blog post, we will go over some key steps you can take to make sure your pool is ready to handle the cold temperatures and snow that are common in the South Okanagan during the winter months. By following these steps, you can protect your investment and ensure that your pool is in great condition when the warm weather returns.

Step 1: Adjust the Chemical Levels

Before you close your pool for the winter, make sure to balance the chemical levels. The pH level should be between 7.2 and 7.8, while the alkalinity should be between 80 and 120 ppm. If you’re not sure about the chemical levels in your pool, you can bring a sample to us for testing.

Step 2: Clean Your Pool

Before winterizing your pool, it’s important to clean it thoroughly. Get rid of any debris, leaves or dirt on the bottom of the pool by using a skimmer or a net. You may also want to vacuum the pool to get rid of any algae that may have formed during the summer months.

Step 3: Drain Your Pool

Draining your pool is an important step in the winterization process. You should never let your pool freeze during the winter as this can cause serious damage to the pool itself. To drain your pool, use a submersible pump to remove the water. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to use the pump.

Step 4: Cover Your Pool

Once you’ve drained your pool and it’s completely dry, now it’s time to cover it. A pool cover is important to keep any dirt, debris or water from entering the pool during the winter months. Make sure to choose a cover that fits your pool size perfectly and is strong enough to withstand harsh weather conditions.

Step 5: Winterize Your Pool Equipment

Finally, it’s important to protect your pool equipment such as your pump, filter, heater, and skimmer from winter weather damage. Make sure to disconnect any electrical components and drain all the water from the pool equipment. Store the equipment in a dry location to avoid rusting or freezing.

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Winterizing your swimming pool might seem like a lot of work, but it’s crucial to protect the pool from winter damage. By taking care of your pool during the off-season, you can assure that your pool will be in top condition when the summer arrives again. The above steps are some basic measures that you can take to prepare your pool for the wintertime. If you’re unsure about any of the steps mentioned or need professional assistance, don’t hesitate to contact your local pool service company. Now, sit back and enjoy the winter months in peace knowing that your pool is well-protected!

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