Top Tips for Winterizing Your Pool

by Mark Zalewski


Most of us can only enjoy our swimming pools for a specific time of the year. Because the winter months are too cold to comfortably use our swimming pools, below are some great tips for winterizing your pool. Taking the proper steps to care for it during the offseason will ensure it operates smoothly when you open it back up.

Some pool owners choose to remove all the water from their pool. However, this can put a hit into your wallet when you consider the amount of wasted water. If you think there may be warm periods during the offseason months that you could use your pool, a better direction would be to correctly save the water in your pool.

The first step is to thoroughly clean your pool really well. Remove any dirt and debris from it as well as your pump and filter. During the cleaning process is a good time to check for any signs of damage, leaks, or other issues that may need your attention over the winter months.

Your water will need special chemicals added to it in preparation for the winter months such as alkalizer, powder, and chlorine. See the guide from APSP on the proper chemical levels recommended for winterizing your pool. Buying only quality products will ensure they work as they are supposed to. You can get them at any credible pool supply dealer. Another option is purchasing them online. Take the time to read online reviews from other customers before purchasing.

If you are trying to keep costs down you may want to look into buying a complete swimming pool weatherizing kit. They will contain everything you need. This is cheaper than buying your supplies individually. It’s important to read the directions completely before you begin. Some may require that your pool filter remaining running for a specific time. Failure to follow the directions may result in the products not protecting your pool as it should. If you plan to remove some of your water make sure you have already chemically treated it before removal.

Next, you will want to place a durable cover over your pool. This will prevent dirt and debris from getting in your water. It will also prevent water from snow or rain getting in your pool that can create layers of ice, that will create a mess for you when it melts. The cover needs to fit securely to handle any strong winds, heavy rain or snowfalls. For more information on pool covers see our previous blog, Why Should You Use a Pool Cover?

If you chose to go with a manual cover they will need to be put in place. This is usually a job for multiple people. If you think that you may be using your pool at times during the winter, then consider getting an electric tarp cover. They only require a simple push of a button and it will automatically place it for you or retract it. They are more expensive but you may find it worth the investment.

Be sure to remove your filter hoses from your swimming pool. Store them in a cool and dry location. If they get too cold they could crack and you will have to replace them before you can use your pool again. If you think you may be using your pool in the winter months then you can leave them in place. Investing in insulated hoses is a good precaution that they will be well protected regardless of the weather.

You must take the time to properly prepare your pool for the cold weather. Winterizing your pool will help prevent any equipment damage from the winter weather.