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September 09,2021

5 Steps To Winterizing Your Swimming Pool In The Okanagan

The winter months are rapidly approaching, which means it’s time to start thinking about winterizing your pool. Not only will this save you money on maintenance in the long run, but it will also make reopening easier in the spring.

Here are four crucial steps to winterizing your pool so that it stays trouble-free throughout the winter:

BALANCE YOUR CHEMICALS

Giving your pool a final shock treatment before winter will help to minimize algae blooms and mold and limit the amount of spring cleaning required.

LEAVE WATER IN YOUR POOL

Drain your pool just below the skimmer and jet level.

PREVENT FROZEN WATER IN YOUR LINES

Be sure to drain the water from your filter, pump, heater, and chlorinator. To prevent moisture from entering the system, blow out the lines using an air compressor or a Shop-Vac, then plug them with suitable-sized plugs.

COVER YOUR POOL AND STORE EQUIPMENT

Cover your pool to prevent any debris from entering the water, and store all pool equipment such as filters, deck furniture, toys, ladders, slides, diving boards, pool skimmers, and cleaners in a temperature-controlled room.

 

Here are some more checklist items to help you get ready for the upcoming Fall and Winter season:

INTERIOR

Have your heating system cleaned and inspected by a qualified technician

Replace your furnace filter in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions

Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct, as well as the space under and behind the dryer

Remove any lint or dust that may have accumulated inside your dryer in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendation

For wood-burning fireplaces – have your chimney inspected, cleaned, and maintained by a professional

Clean your fireplace

Seal showers and bathtub tiles

Check electrical breakers

Check electrical outlets for loose-fitting plugs or receptacles

Be sure not to overload electrical outlets

Check your fire extinguisher and confirm that it is fully charged and ready for operation

Inspect your smoke detectors – test them monthly to ensure they are fully operational and change the batteries annually or as needed

EXTERIOR

Disconnect garden hoses, drain exterior taps, and blow out irrigation sprinkler lines

Check and clean deck drains

Apply a sealer to the driveway and exterior concrete

Check the foundation for leakage or damage

Clean gutters and downspouts to keep debris from accumulating – this is especially important during the fall season when leaves may collect in gutters

Check gutters for damage and confirm they are securely attached to the house

Check roof for defects

Remove ice dams as snowfalls

Remove snow build up around doors

Check and clean window wells and windows

Check and repair caulking around doors and windows that show signs of deterioration

Check weather stripping and adjust if necessary

As Kelowna custom home builders, we want to remind all of our homeowners that regular home maintenance is required to ensure you maintain your home warranty. Make sure you are checking off each item in the Travelers Canada New Home Maintenance Manual of your Home Warranty Binder.