One of the most common questions we get to hear from the new pool owners is: “Should I drain my pool before winter?”
While it might seem reasonable at first, there are many reasons why it could be a terrible idea. In this post, you will find out why it’s a good idea to keep the pool water over the winter, and how it will help you save a lot of money.
Winter is the most crucial time when you need to make sure that you have water in your pool. This is because that there are many different types of swimming pools located in different climates. The pool’s geography combined with the unique construction style used for a specific pool will help to determine how you can maintain it. It includes how to prepare for the winter season.
Some people think it would be easier to start fresh every year, but it may not be a good option. First, don’t completely drain your pool as it may result in many problems. The pool structure must have water in it. When you empty your pool, it becomes more vulnerable to damage. From dry rot to debris, an empty pool is not at all protected. The water won’t go bad during Winter if you put proper winterizing chemicals into your pool. It will help you to keep the water clean all winter.
Here are things you should follow before Winter instead of draining your pool.
As the temperature drops every Fall. you must follow specific steps to close your pool during Winter.
These steps typically involve some draining. It includes lowering the water below the skimmer level and jets to prevent plumbing freezes and draining the heat pump to get rid of excess water. But you must not make the mistake of draining the water from the pool completely.
During Winter, the water in your pool is your friend. When properly winterized, the water will help protect the pool liner. It helps to prevent unnecessary damage from harsh weather, debris, and keep it clean.
If you add the right chemicals to the pool water before Winter, you can keep the water clean and safe all season long, even if you are not using it. Chemicals like algaecides and chlorine shock help keep the water balanced and clean. It makes it easier to open the pool in the summer.
Keep your pool full. It helps to prevent the need to refill the pool when Summer comes. There’s no need to waste the water every year. In fact, by not draining it, you will also save money. Apart from that, it will help out the environment at the same time.
Keeping water in the pool helps to prevent the liner from cracking, shrinking, and drying out. An empty pool is prone to liner damage and wear. Additionally, even with a cover, an empty pool is more at risk for damage from debris. Water provides a protective barrier that helps to prevent the need for costly repairs every year.
Depending on the type of pool, other factors like water chemistry, climate, or interior aesthetics, you will need to refill and drain your pool. It usually takes 10 to 15 years of range. However, we strongly recommend contacting professionals first before you take any decision.
Draining the pool is no big deal, but we advise you to take the correct schedule for your pool that takes care of draining for you.