What Should I do With Pool Equipment in the Winter

by Dusty Rhodes on Sep 21, 2018  in 
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Winter brings perfect sweater weather, snow days, and sled riding but it can also be a pool owner’s worst nightmare.  Freezing temperatures can mean trouble for pool equipment and accessories.  While closing up the pool for winter is a big task, it is well worth the work to preserve your equipment for next year.  Properly storing your pool equipment will save you time and money in the long run. 


Pool Pump

If you want to prolong the life of your pool pump, it is important to store it in a dry place during the winter months.  If you live in an area that receives a considerable amount of snow or ice, this moisture can cause significant damage to your pool pump.  The moisture can cause the pump motor to develop rust, and this can keep your pump from working in the spring.  Extremely cold temperatures can also weaken the capacitor of the motor.  It is best to store your pump in a dry, warm place where it will be safe from falling branches, extreme temperatures, and exposure to moisture. 


Pool Filter

Anyone who has a pool also has a filter system that collects dirt and debris during the swimming season.  By the end of the season, your hard-working pool filter needs a thorough cleaning.  Otherwise, you will be placing a dirty pool filter back into your pool in the spring and it could take weeks to achieve that sparkling clear water.  That said, many people place their filter on a shelf in their garage or even leave it outdoors during the winter, but winter weather can wreak havoc on a pool filter.  If there is any moisture in the filter, the freezing temperatures can cause the water to expand and crack the filter.  Furthermore, you risk damage to your filter if ice or frozen tree branches fall on it.  Your best bet is to store your filter during the winter to ensure it is safe and ready to reinstall in the spring.


Pool Floats and Accessories

Unless you prefer to buy all new floats, toys, brushes, and skimming nets every season, you need to store your accessories during the winter months.  Brutally cold temperatures, ice, and snow can damage these items when they are left outdoors.  In the spring, you are likely to find your noodles, rafts, and other toys torn and damaged from the harsh winter weather if they are not stored in a dry place.


Portable Storage for Pool Equipment

Your garage is not the most suitable pace to store your pool equipment and accessories.  They will still be susceptible to moisture and extreme temperatures.  Besides, who wants to crowd their garage with all of these additional pool items?  Instead, store your pool accessories in a portable storage portable storage where you can be sure they are safe in a dry, warm, location.  Your items will be well-preserved, saving you money and the headache of dealing with damaged equipment in the spring.



Dusty Rhodes