How to perform winter pool maintenance

Winter pool maintenance can be required if there is precipitation (rain or snow) after the cover is placed on the pool. Depending on when the pool is closed, you may need to perform this task multiple times.

Why is winter pool maintenance important?

In New England and the Northeast, where there are multiples freeze and thaw cycles throughout the winter, it’s important to make sure that the water level in your inground gunite pool is below the tile and coping. With rain or snow accumulations on top of the pool cover, the water can rise even after the pool has been closed for the season. Winter pool maintenance involves pumping down the water level to make sure it is approximately 18 inches below the tile and coping.

How to perform winter pool maintenance:

  1. Remove the cover off the pool by removing the straps from the pool deck.
  2. Pull a portion of the cover back that will allow you remove to drop a sump pump in.
  3. Assemble your pump by attaching a hose that will drain the water.
  4. Place the sump pump in the pool.
  5. Plug in the sump pump.
  6. Periodically check the water level. Turn off the pump once the water is approximately 18 inches below the top of the coping.
  7. Reattach the cover straps to the pool deck.
  8. Remove the cover from the skimmer.
  9. Sponge out any excess water.
  10. Pour in some anti-freeze.
  11. Replace the skimmer cover.
  12. You may need to repeat this process depending on temperatures and precipitation.

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