It’s almost that time again, and the popular House Stark motto “Winter is Coming”, from the Game of Thrones television series, which emphasizes constant vigilance and preparedness is more apt than ever. With winter comes freezing temperatures that can slowly destroy your outdoor fixtures, specifically your inground swimming pool. So how will you prepare your pool from the damage that may be brought upon by the bitter cold?
An article by Woody McDowell posted at About.com provided a step-by-step guide on how best to prepare your inground swimming pool in the coming winter:
The first step in the winterization procedure is to make sure your water chemistry is balanced. By balancing your water chemistry you are protecting the surface of the pool from staining and etching.
Adding a winterizing chemical kit to your water will help keep it blue and clear for the next season. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the kit.
When water freezes, it expands. This can cause great damage to your pool, pool plumbing, and its filter system. If you are closing up your pool for the winter, you should always take precautions to protect from freeze damage no matter where you live.
You should cover your pool to keep out the debris. The type of cover you use will depend upon several factors.
The final step? You must drain all the water from your filter equipment.
The tasks above may sound tedious, especially if you’ve just installed an inground swimming pool, but there are more benefits that can be gleaned from pools than hindrances. In the first place, who wouldn’t want a swimming pool in their own home? These can be functional during the sweltering heat of summer and a lovely venue for your Christmas or Thanksgiving parties. Furthermore, an elegant swimming pool can add to the value of your home.
Inground swimming pools in NJ can also bring you peace of mind; just imagine yourself floating on the cool, peaceful waters of your pool during summertime. With the proper maintenance, you can maintain the beauty and functionality of your inground swimming pool all year round. Inground pools tend to last long, and can even last for a lifetime if properly taken care of.
Don’t have a pool in your home just yet? Although it may seem a bit off-season, you should start looking into well-designed NJ swimming pools that can be constructed by established pool builders like Tranquility Pools, Inc. An inground swimming pool is a lifetime investment, but the rewards that you can reap from owning one are priceless.
(Source: How to Winterize or Close Your Inground Swimming Pool, About.com)