When Should I Winterize My Pool?

We are the last people who want to admit this, but, well, ahem…it’s going to be fall soon. Even though the temperatures are still in the nineties, and there are plenty of good swimming days left, it may be time to start thinking ahead to the inevitable drop in temperature that is right around the corner.

When should I winterize my swimming pool?

Option one: If you live around Salt Lake City, Utah, the answer to this question will vary. Some of our pool customers choose to leave their swimming pool open year round. You’ll need to turn up the heat to bear the colder temperatures, but believe it or not, you can continue to enjoy your pool throughout the winter months. 

Option two: If you don’t want to pay the high utility prices associated with leaving your pool open all year, you should close your swimming pool whenever you’re done using it for the year. This will vary based on temperature and personal preference, but for many will occur between September and October.

Do I have to winterize my swimming pool?

Unless you’re opting for option one above, then the safest and answer we recommend is: yes! See our post here about the advantages of winterizing your swimming pool for more information.

To schedule your winterization for your swimming pool or spa, call us at 801-208-9527.  We will travel to your Utah location anywhere along the Wasatch Front, including Salt Lake County, Utah County, and Davis County.

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How To Care For Your Swimming Pool Cover With The Winter Snow

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A few handy tips for caring for your automatic swimming pool cover in the Utah winter months. You’re welcome.

  • Keep water levels at the proper level in the swimming pool. This is essential to the survival of the automatic swimming pool cover in the winter snow. The water level of your pool in the winter should be the same as it is in the summer: halfway up the skimmer box (the square opening on the side of the pool where there’s a “flapper” and water goes in) which is usually halfway up the tile. The water under the cover provides the support for the snow on top of the cover. If the water level drops too low in the pool, there is nothing to support the heavy snow on top of the cover, which could result in a torn cover, broken cover tracks, or even broken coping- each of which is a big mess and a costly repair come time for spring opening.
  • Pump water off your automatic pool cover: When it gets very cold outside, the top few inches of water in the pool will freeze which will provide enough support for an enormous amount of snow (we’re talking lot’s of feet here). When the weather warms up a little bit and the snow on top of the cover melts, the water underneath the cover is also melting. Even though it’s still cold outside, it’s important to pump the water on top of the cover off so that next time it snows you’ll be starting fresh again. Luckily this is a service that can be taken care of when we’re visiting for your weekly route pool maintenance.
  • Check water level of pool regularly. It’s important to regularly check the water level in the pool, even if the pool has no known leaks. The water level can become low because heavy snow on top of the cover will push down and force water up and out of the pool into the cover box (where the cover mechanisms are).
  • Pool leaks can occur in the winter months. As you head into the winter months and get your pool winterized, you may not know that you already have a leak in your swimming pool, even though you haven’t noticed anything all summer. In the summer months, because your swimming pool is being regularly used, it’s easy to pass off a small leak as either “splash out” or “drag out” due to evaporation. A small leak in the winter time left unchecked can cause the problems listed above. Also, small leaks can form in the winter, even if the pool was winterized properly. The pool can crack in the winter just as easily as it does in the summer. Hairline cracks in the plaster that maybe weren’t leaking previously, may open up just enough to cause small leaks.

How To Choose Winterizing Chemicals For Your Swimming Pool

Oprah may have her favorite things, and we have ours, specifically for winterizing your swimming pool and/or spa. Some of our favorites? We’re so glad you asked….

  • BioGuard Silk Winter Floater WP:  The Silk Winter Floater WP’s unique design keeps two 1/2 lb. chlorinating silk sticks well below the winter cover line to provide long-lasting, continuous chlorination during the winter months. For white plaster pools only.
  • GLB Algimycin Winter Algeacide (aka Wintertrine): For a simplified approach to seasonal algae protection, GLB Pool & Spa® offers this non-foaming, non-metallic winter algaecide to ensure a hassle-free opening in the spring.
  • BioGuard Winter Shock II: Winter Shock II is our popular, lithium-based winter shock treatment ideally suited for vinyl and above-ground pools. Packaged in convenient 1 lb. bags it dissolves quickly, won’t cloud water, and oxidizes organic wastes.
  • RV Antifreeze: Just make sure to use “RV” anitfreeze, not the other stuff which is highly toxic.

These are a few of our favorite things, err, we mean pool chemicals we use for preparing your Salt Lake City swimming pool for the bitter Utah winter. Contact us for prices and scheduling at 801-208-9527.