are wonderful additions to any home, and can turn your backyard into your own private resort. But if you live in the MD, DC, VA area, the winter months can turn your backyard paradise into a snowy winter wonderland around this time each year. It’s wise to winterize your pool every year to protect it from the harsh mid-Atlantic winters.
The type of winterization you need to do depends on the type of pool cover you have invested in as well as what type of pool you have. A heated pool with a retractable cover, for example, can be used all winter long, while a non-heated pool with a mesh cover needs to be winterized.
If you do close your pool for the winter, one must-do is draining the water and cleaning the pool area. You can think of your pool water like engine oil. You have to change it every once in a while to keep the engine running smoothly. Below is a brief look at three steps to be taken when preparing for the winter months.
Closing your Pool for the Winter
- Balance the pool’s water chemistry. About five days before you actually close the pool, you should adjust the pH levels, alkalinity, and calcium hardness. The alkalinity should be between 80 and 120 ppm, the pH should be between 7.6 and 7.6, and the calcium harness should be between 180 and 220 ppm. You can also add winterizing algaecide.
- Clean your pool thoroughly. Remove everything from the pool and skim the top of the water. Vacuum it the day you close it. Then lower the water level and drain the equipment. If water were to freeze inside the equipment, it could damage or ruin it. Blow out the lines of the plumbing to keep water from freezing inside the pipes.
- Cover your pool and finish closing it. Attach your cover to your pool, and use air pillows if necessary. A great option you should consider if you like in the DC area is a retractable pool cover. While retractable covers are more expensive, they allow heated pools to be used in the winter and are extremely durable.
Pool Area Maintenance During Winter
There are a few tips you should remember for keeping your pool area safe during the cold winter months. If it snows more than a few inches, you should clean the snow off of your pool cover to take off added weight. Snow can get heavy, and if your pool cover gives way, you have a big mess to clean up, not to mention a new pool cover to purchase.
At Berriz, we believe the swimming pool is the least important part of any pool area. The rest of your pool area shouldn’t be overlooked when maintaining it in the winter. If you have an outdoor fireplace or fire pit, consider covering it during the winter months to keep snow and rain off it so it will be ready to use whenever you want. The same goes for your outdoor furniture. Consider salting your back patio to avoid slips and falls when it’s icy or snowy out.
In-Ground Pools and Outdoor Remodeling
There are many choices when it comes to maintaining your pool area during the winter, and we at Berriz are here to answer any of your questions. If you are interested in exploring the option of revamping your pool area or creating a new one altogether, contact us
to schedule a consultation.