Should I Winterize a Swimming Pool in Arizona or Texas?

Swimming pool protected with a blue tarp in autumn.Homeowners in blistering hot states like Arizona and Texas often ask our experts at Build Your Own Pool(BYOP) if they need to go to the trouble of winterizing their pool if the heat is still rising above 100 degrees in September. While January temperatures drop below freezing in New Jersey, Maine, Vermont and Wyoming, the average temperature in Texas and Arizona are typically chilly at 59 to 60 degrees with overnight lows of 37 degrees, which is close to freezing. During the winter, while the pool is generally dormant, experts recommend winterizing the system to prevent damage and ensure safety.

There are various levels of winterization, including draining the pool, covering the pool, etc. But, regardless of the level chosen, prepping the swimming pool for cooler temperatures will protect the equipment in the face of possible freezing.

Partial Winterization:

As long as you properly maintain it, there are benefits to keeping the pool open. An open swimming pool will continue to provide a beautiful, attractive yard while you keep the motors running and maintain the water chemistry. If you have an unexpectedly warm winter, turn on the heat and the pool will be open for duty even during the off-season. A freeze-guard switch is essential in case of an unexpected freeze.

If you choose to keep the pool open, it is essential to keep an eye on the water’s chemistry. The chemicals and pH levels must remain correct to avoid the growth of bacteria, algae and germs, which slow down during tempts below 50 degrees. Shock the pool with chlorine and use the correct algaecide if you decide to keep the water in the pool during the winter. Also, follow the chemical and free chlorine guideline levels for swimming and equipment safety.

Water Level
The water level line must be maintained during the winter months to prevent bacterial growth. Keep the waterline clean by using a brush and chemicals while the pool is getting less use. The waterline, along with the pump and pipe interiors, is one of the first areas to experience ice formation when the temperature does drop below freezing. Moving the water around by scrubbing the edges of the pool along the waterline will prevent the buildup of ice, algae and bacteria.

Vacuuming and Running the Pump
If you choose to leave the pool uncovered, we recommend that you brush and clean the pool at least once a week. Leaves often discolor the pool liner and damage the pump. If you have a lot of leaves in your yard, you will need to vacuum and run the pump more often. Pay attention to the equipment and regularly run the mechanics and pump to keep them performing properly. Be sure to clean the filters weekly or bi-weekly during the winter to protect the pump from excess work, and to keep your energy bill lower. The pump is usually runs six to ten hours once a week, but you can reduce equipment strain by you scrubbing the walls and removing leaves.

Pool Cover
A pool cover is a great safety feature and is needed for a complete pool closure. A solar cover with a bubble will decrease the need to remove leaves and will reduce the weekly clean up time that is needed during partial winterization. Plus, you still have the option of removing the cover to take a swim on an unusually warm winter day in Texas or Arizona.

Solar Pool Heater
Follow the manufactures instructions for draining the system during the winter.

Freeze Guard
If you retain the water in your pool, a freeze switch is the best choice. The guard will override the basic thermostat and activate the heater if the temperature drops below 32 degrees. We recommend that you run your pump and pool equipment at night, rather than during the day, during the winter to help prevent freezing.

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