In the North where winters are harsh and snow is a frequent occurrence, winterizing your pool is a big deal. There are many different things that one must do to protect their pool from the damaging cold weather. If you live in an area that has a mild winter, then you are in luck because you don’t have to do so much. But just because you live in a warm region like here in California does not mean you can ignore your pool in the cooler months. Today, we are going to learn how to winterize your California pool the right way.
Nine Steps To Winterize Your California Pool
1. Brush the sides of your pool to remove algae and make sure to get rid of any debris that may be floating around on the surface.
2. Turn on your pump and slowly add 4 one-pound bags of shock into your skimmer.
3. Make sure to pour an appropriate amount of Algaecide into the water. Look on the back of the bottle to make sure how much to put in.
4. Put 3” chlorine tablets into you floater and release it into the pool.
5. Make sure to run your pump for a total of 24 hours.
6. After you have turned off the pump, let the pool settle for another 24 hours.
7. Clean all of your filters and vacuum the bottom to make sure that your pool is 100% clean.
8. Cut your normal filtration time back by one hour each day. A great way to do this is to install a timer which will automatically cut off when you want it to.
9. Install water pillows on the surface of your pool and then place your winter cover on top securing it. Check your pool cover weekly throughout the winter months to make sure that it has not fallen off. Also, remove any standing water that may be on top of the cover due to rainfall.