At Swimming Pool Discounters, we have put together a guide to help you navigate the chemicals needed for winterizing swimming pool to help you keep your water clear while preventing scale and stains on your pool.
Water balance chemicals used to adjust the pH, alkalinity, or calcium hardness of the pool, are a common chemical used in the winterization process. It is recommended that you also use other winterizing chemicals including:
Once you’ve cleaned the pool and the filter, it’s time to lower the pool’s water level. It is recommended to reduce the water level several inches below the tile line and skimmer. After you have dropped the water level, you can begin adding the chemicals. Follow this timeline for the best results:
Add in the pool shock two days before you close the pool and then add the stain and scale treatment one day before you close the pool. Right before covering the pool, add the winter algaecide and the winter floater to the water.
You may also consider using Pool Anti-Freeze to prevent your pool plumbing pipes and skimmers from freezing. This antifreeze can also be used to protect against leaky plugs. Do not use pool antifreeze in a pool heater, filter, chlorinator, or pump, remove the drain plugs for each instead to prevent freezing.
Pool enzymes can also be used in addition to these winterizing chemicals to help break down oily contaminants that can consume winter algaecide or lead to stains.
It is essential to make sure the cover fits correctly and doesn’t allow sun or dust in. Also, be sure to take care of issues such as algae before closing the pool. This will help eliminate the need for adding additional pool chemicals during the winter.
Two to four weeks before reopening the pool, pull back the cover and check for issues that may require the need for additional chemicals to prepare the pool to be opened.