One of the most common questions we hear from new pool owners is: “Should I drain my pool completely for winter?” While this might seem reasonable at first, there are actually numerous reasons why it’s a terrible idea.
In today’s blog post, we’ll explore some of the core reasons why you should absolutely keep water in the pool over winter and how this ultimately saves you a lot of money.
Close the pool for winter – but don’t drain it.
As temperatures drop each fall, you will need to follow specific steps for closing your pool for the winter. These steps do typically involve some draining: for example, draining the heat pump to get rid of excess water or lowering the water below the skimmer level and jets to prevent plumbing freezes. But make no mistake: you should NOT be draining water completely from the pool.
In winter, the water in your pool is still your friend. Especially when properly winterized, it helps to protect the pool liner, keep it clean and prevent unnecessary damage from debris, harsh weather and other factors.
Proper closing = easier opening next summer
By adding the right chemicals prior to winter, you can keep the water clean and safe all season long, even when you’re not using it. Chemicals like chlorine shock and algaecides will help keep the water clear and balanced, so that it’s easier to open the pool in the summer.
Draining your pool will require a lot of new water later
Keeping your pool full (or close to it) also prevents the need to completely refill the pool when warmer weather returns. No need to waste all that water every year! By not draining it, you’ll save money and help out the environment at the same time.
Prevent cracks, rips and more
Keeping water in the pool helps to prevent the liner from drying out, shrinking and cracking. An empty pool is far more prone to liner wear and damage. Additionally, even with a cover, an empty pool is more at risk for damage from debris. Water provides a protective barrier that greatly prevents the need for costly repairs each year.
So, do I ever drain my pool completely?
Eventually, depending on the type of pool, and other factors like climate, water chemistry or interior aesthetics, you will need to drain and refill your pool – generally in the 10 to 15 year range. But we strongly recommend contacting our professionals first. We can advise you on the right schedule for your pool and take care of the draining for you.