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There is a lot to think about when you’re renovating a home. You need to make many decisions, starting with what contractor to use and how much money you want to spend. It helps if you have a clear vision for how you want your home to look when you’re done. If you’re not sure what it is that you want yet, take some time to look through my blog. I’ll discuss everything from home additions to flooring materials to appliances and fixtures. These articles will help you get a sense of the possibilities for your home renovation, and help you narrow down your options. Eventually, you’ll decide on the renovations that are right for you.

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Pool's Closed: Getting Your Pool Ready For A Winter Break

Pamela Gonzales

All good things must come to an end, including the great times you've had with your pool. Unless you're fortunate enough to live in a mild climate where winter isn't a problem or you have a heated pool, winterization will be on the agenda sooner rather than later. The following offers plenty of tips on how you can effectively winterize your pool so it can be ready for the next year.

Everything Out of the Pool!

The first step of winterization involves taking every removable accessory out of your pool, including your pool rails and ladders. The removal process may vary depending on the design of your pool, but most pools have their rails and ladders anchored down by a retaining bolt hidden underneath the decorative plates at the base of the rail or ladder. You'll need to back this bolt out by a ½-inch with a wrench and then use a rubber mallet to drive the bolt inward, which will cause the anchoring wedge to release the rail or ladder.

After you have all of your accessories on dry land, you'll need to clean each one thoroughly using warm water and a mild detergent. Remember to allow each accessory to dry completely before placing it into storage; otherwise you could find yourself dealing with mildew, rust, or corrosion issues the next time you use them.

You should also take this time to brush and vacuum your pool, as well as skim the surface for any debris that has fallen into the pool.

Give Your Filter a Final Cleaning

Cleaning the filter is the next step you'll want to take before closing up your pool for the winter:

  • If you have a sand filter, you'll need to backwash it. This involves using the water from your pool to rinse the debris out of the sand filter, then discharging that water elsewhere through a backwash hose.
  • If your pool uses a diatomaceous earth filter, you'll also need to backwash it to remove the debris, as well as any DE clinging to the debris. Afterwards, you'll need to discard the DE that was caught in the tank's strainer and refill the filter with the appropriate amount of fresh DE.
  • If your pool relies on a cartridge filter, then you'll simply need to remove and rinse the filter element of any dirt or debris. If the filter is damaged in any way, you should have it replaced immediately.

After you're done, make sure you've properly secured the filter. To keep the skimmer, water pipes, and tile border (if you have one around your pool) from being damaged by freezing, you should drain the pool until the water sits 4 to 6 inches below the tile or water-return line. You'll also need to have your water pipes blown out to remove any trapped water within.

Bring Balance to Your Water Chemistry

The next step involves balancing the pH level of your pool water. A pH imbalance can easily turn your pool into a breeding ground for algae and other organisms or make the water acidic enough to corrode vulnerable pool components. Ideally, you'll want the pH level of your pool to be somewhere between 7.2 and 7.6. You should test and adjust the pH levels with the appropriate chemicals until you've hit the aforementioned sweet spot.

Next, you'll want to adjust the alkalinity of your pool. The alkalinity of the water acts as a buffer of sorts to prevent extreme changes in water pH. The ideal total alkalinity of your pool should be within the 80 to 150 parts per million (ppm) range. You should also keep an eye on the calcium hardness of your pool water. Most experts recommend keeping the calcium hardness of your water around the 200 to 400 ppm range.

Cover It Up

Last but not least, you'll need to place a solid, high-quality cover over your pool to block out leaves, branches and other debris. When choosing a new cover for your pool, you'll want to make sure it fits snugly so there aren't any gaps between the cover and the pool itself.

For more information on how to care for your pool, contact a company like Contemporary Pools Inc.