BBrrr if you’re in an area of the country where the temperatures have dipped or perhaps you’ve even had a freeze or snow you know that it is time to get your pool closed for the season to protect it from any freeze damage this winter.

Spa or hot tub owners may keep their hot tubs open all season — and who can blame them! There is nothing more luxurious than sinking into the heated depths of a hot tub or spa, when the snow is falling all around you. If you have a heated towel rack where you can put a towel or two or even a warm, comfy robe, then the spa experience is heightened.

If you don’t have a spa and if you want to make certain your pool is protected during the winter months, here are some steps you will want to take, or you will want to reach out to a swimming pool service contractor to take on your behalf.

protect hot tub and pool from freezingHow To Protect Your Pool And Spa From Freeze Damage This Winter

Know that a pool closing is a process that protects the equipment, the pool structuer itself and the water chemistry. A proper pool closing will make the opening of the pool the following summer much easier and will help eliminate the growth of algae this winter.

Here are steps to take to close the pool if you live in an area prone to freezing:

  1. Balance pool water chemicals. Add shock treatment as well.
  2. The water level in the pool should be lowered to below the skimmer
  3. Make certain the pipes and pool equipment is clear of water. If water is left there and it freezes and expands it will crack and damage the pipes and equipment.
  4. Swimming pool antifreeze should be added to the lines to prevent them from freezing.
  5. Securely secure the pool winter cover. Check the cover occasionally to assure it’s still secure and to remove any standing water. Resist the urge to remove chunks of ice because you could tear the cover.

If you live in a milder climate here are pool closing steps:

  1. Run the pool pump if the temps drop to freezing levels.When you live in milder climates you need to determine whether you will completely drain the pool pump or if you will keep it running. If you don’t drain it and if you neglect to run it, the pipes will freeze and crack.
  2. Properly balanced and sanitzed water is key during the winter months.
  3. You may still want to cover the pool for the winter months.

 If you’re going to enjoy the backyard patio all winter long, you may want to install a fire feature and heated towel racks. Don’t forget to regularly test the water chemistry and keep it balanced and sanitized. Your pool contractor is available year round for the task if you don’t want to spend the time doing it yourself.