August 29th, 2014
As the weather cools and the summer months slip away into fall, it is time to hunker down and prepare for winter.
Time to winterize the pool. Leaving the pool open to the elements during the winter is a sure fire way to wreak havoc on its structure and functionality—and cause complaints when the warm months arrive. Here’s what you can expect from your Pasadena property manager so that your pool will be ready for your tenants’ summer activities next year.
1.Five days before you close up the pool, balance the water chemistry.
•The pH level should be between 7.2 and 7.6.
•The alkalinity should be between 80 and 120 ppm (parts per million).
•The calcium hardness should be between 180 to 220 ppm.
Balancing your pool’s water chemistry will prevent corrosion and scale buildup that can occur while the pool is closed down for the winter.
2.Kill bacteria living in the pool.
Use a “shock” product with a minimum 65% sodium hypochlorite or a non-chlorine substitute that is equally strong. Pour the shock granules in a five gallon bucket of water and then add it to the pool while the filtration system is running.
Let the water return to its normal chlorine levels (1 to 3 ppm) over several days before moving on to the next step in the process.
3.Add algaecide to destroy existing algae and prevent more from growing over the cool fall and winter months. Make sure you purchase an extra-strong algaecide that is specifically for winterizing your pool. This will keep the algae at bay all winter.
4.Remove all the equipment from the pool including baskets, heaters, pumps, filters, ladders, hoses and any other decorative or functional fittings.
•Rinse the equipment and let it thoroughly air dry.
•Store your equipment in a dry place during the winter to keep it in good condition.
•Skim the pool water to remove any large debris floating on the top or sitting at the bottom.
5.Drain and clean the pool. If you keep your pool in perfect condition, you should never have to drain it. But if it becomes difficult to balance the chemistry, it might be time for a deep cleaning and the fall is the perfect time to do it.
5•Thoroughly drain then scrub and vacuum the bottom and sides of the pool.
5•Drain all pumps, heaters, filters and chlorinators. Any water left inside during the winter could freeze and cause cracks or other damage.
5•Dry out the water lines running into the pool with a wet vac.
6.Cover the pool with a cover that fits well without any gaps or cracks. This will prevent any debris from getting in and contaminating the pool. Use aqua blocks or water bags to make it as tight as possible. And if you have trees near your pool, consider placing a leaf net over it to catch falling debris.
Preparing your pool for winter is an important task that should be done each and every year. Being consistent with your winter pool maintenance will keep your pool running smoothly and provide years of summer fun and entertainment for your residents and guests.