Preparing Your Pool for Winter

With temperatures in Denver reaching, on average, 86 degrees Fahrenheit in summer, every homeowner with a swimming pool takes full of advantage of it. After all, there’s often nothing better than relaxing pool-side on a weekend with not a worry in the world. That is until winter starts setting in, and those rays of sunshine turn to flakes of snow. Whether you’ve got an outside spa pool, or a swimming pool, choosing to take a dip in the midst of a winter blizzard is not for the faint-hearted.

Therefore, many people use the colder weather as an opportunity to give their swimming pool or spa pool a full clean and some tender, loving care. For those who don’t own a swimming pool or spa pool, you could even use those winter months to think about whether you’d like one for the impending summer months. There has to be some reward for your family after enduring three months on high alert for snow!

If you’re new to pool ownership and you’re not quite sure how to prepare for winter in Denver, we’ve included some great tips from our team below.

Clean the Pool

When you’re preparing for winter in Denver, you will surely have a list a mile long for things that need to be maintained and put into hibernation for the colder winter ahead. However, one of the most important things to be put to bed over the winter months is your swimming pool. The first step for both spa pools and swimming pools is to clean it. Cleaning your swimming pool can help prevent surface stains and damage while it sits unused. It’s also vital that you use your pool net to remove leaves, insects and other items that are likely to stick to the walls of the pool.

With a spa pool, you can add a degreaser to the spa to remove body oils and any other products that have the potential to build up and decay. From here, you can put the water pump into the tub to remove stale water.

Clean the Filters

When you’re preparing for winter in Denver, cleaning the filters is equally as important as cleaning your pool. A clean filter helps the pool to operate properly, and will make it far easier to bring back to life in the warmer months.

Cleaning your spa pool can be done in a similar fashion. Remove the filter from the skimmer, wipe the skimmer with filter cleaner, and soak it to remove built-up sediment. It also pays to use cartridge cleaner to remove hair, debris, leaves and anything else that made it through the filter. Once the spa is empty, you can then reinsert the cartridge into the filter.

Give it TLC

It’s often not necessary or recommended to empty your pool, even once winter hits. You just need to put steps in place to ensure it’s in the same condition you left it in, once the warmer weather hits. You will need to balance the pH levels, as well as protect it against algae. Algae can clog filters, cloud the water, and make it look awful as well! Once you’ve completed all the steps recommended by your pool supplier, it’s full steam ahead to put a cover over your pool and tuck it in for the long winter ahead. A similar process can be carried out for your spa pool. Release all plugs to open the drains. Turn off the power, unplug the electrical plugs and put a hardtop cover on the spa, if possible.

If you’re a pool owner, you will be aware of the joy they bring in warm weather. However, taking care of them is exceptionally important for their longevity and for ensuring you don’t void your warranty. If you’re unsure of how to winterize your spa pool or swimming pool, contact your pool supplier for further information.