Winter is coming. The first flurries of snow have already touched down and you still have to prepare your pool for winter and get your hot tub ready for the cold weather months. Don’t wait until it gets too cold out. Delaying preparation can harm your pool and hot tub, causing expensive repairs.
Prepare your pool for winter
- Vacuum the pool to make sure nothing stays in there all winter. Debris can find its way into the valves and plumbing, and it can harm the water if left all winter long. Taking a few minutes to vacuum it out saves it potential damage.
- Add winterizing chemicals. Whether you drain the pool or cover it, it is important to add winterizing chemicals ahead of time to prevent freezing temperatures from damaging plumbing and the water from becoming corrosive.
- Cover the pool. It doesn’t matter if you drain it or not, covering the pool keeps debris from getting into it. If you aren’t draining it completely, It is important to find out how far you should lower the water level. Different kinds of covers require different water levels. Find out what is recommended for the cover you own.
If temperatures get cold enough, you may be able to test the ice in the pool to see if it can be used as a skating rink. Make sure you test the thickness of the ice safely to prevent injuries to you or anyone else.
Prepare and maintain your hot tub in the winter.
You spent a lot of money converting your patio into a stylish garden space. There is no reason you cannot make good use out of it in the winter months as well. Unlike pools, hot tubs can be used during the winter with appropriate preparation.
- Prepare the heat of the hot tub for the cold of the winter. This can be done by programming the heat filter to keep the hot tub water warm at night, and by purchasing a spa cover to insulate it against the cold. Keep an eye on the cover all winter as well. Check it regularly for potential holes or tears in the cloth. A single tear can cost you a lot of money every month on heating. Make sure the cover is on it any time the hot tub isn’t in use; that includes trips to the bathroom.
- Schedule a maintenance check-up. It is better to find out if there is a pump problem before the winter comes than it is to have an emergency in the bitter cold. Having a repairman come out to run a maintenance check before the winter can save you a headache, and money. Some of the maintenance you can do yourself, such as checking and replacing filters.
- Add the appropriate chemicals to your hot tub to help keep the water safe from the cold. If you aren’t sure what to use, contact a professional and ask for advice. Adding the chemicals once during the winter may not be enough to protect it. Make sure to check it regularly all winter long.
- Find the appropriate replacement parts that can withstand the elements of winter. There are hot spring spa parts such as titanium heaters and insulation wraps that are designed to keep your hot tub hot even in cold weather.
- Watch the water levels all winter long. Colder weather means there is more evaporation to keep the water hot. Watching the water level can prevent the water from getting too low and damaging your hot tub.
Hot tubs are a great way to use your outdoor space in the winter. Just make sure you keep it safe from the cold.