Should I Drain My Pool for Winter?

There are so many things to be thankful for when you live in Texas — one of which is an extended swim season. Far beyond what the rest of the country enjoys, we can swim deep into fall. But is there a time to pack away the pleasure and drain your pool for winter? Let’s explore what draining your pool can do.

To drain or not to drain … That is the question.

It makes sense that some people might think that draining their pool is the way to go. You just empty it for winter, and add new water next season for a fresh start, right? WRONG! Here’s what can happen when your pool sits empty.

  • Debris can damage and stain the surface and bottom of your pool.
  • Water holds a vinyl liner in place. No water = bad problems.
  • Vinyl liners will shrink, lose elasticity, and become brittle. Tears and holes occur without the water’s protection.
  • Water protects and strengthens the pool structure. To remove the water may cause irreparable damage to your wonderful investment.
  • A fiberglass pool can warp, crack, and even come out of the ground without the weight of water.
  • Above-ground pool walls can collapse.
  • Your winter safety cover can sag and be damaged from snow, rain, and debris without water in the pool.
  • Freezing and thawing can damage almost any type of pool.

Interestingly, your water protects your pool all winter long. It could actually be the most important time of year to have water in your pool. With the right closing chemicals from Backyard Oasis, you’ll be shocked at just how clean your water will stay in the off-season and how easy your spring opening will be.

What to Do Instead

Instead of draining your pool, winterize it! When your water temperature is continually below 65 degrees, you’ll know the time is right. Take a water sample from elbow deep and bring it to our store in a clean container for computerized water testing. We provide FREE water analysis; plus we offer expert advice on everything you need to close your pool correctly.

Next, drain your pool below the skimmer and jet lines to rid your pipes and pumps of excess water. If you are not in danger of a freeze during winter, you may not need to do this. Then, skim out any debris or leaves, scrub your pool walls, vacuum, and add your winterizing chemicals. Top it off with your clean cover, and your pool will be ready for a long winter’s nap.

If you need help with advice on supplies to close your pool this year, Backyard Oasis is the best place to be. Come visit us at 2200 US-190 in Livingston or give us a call at 936-327-2531. We are open Monday – Saturday to assist you in owning and maintaining your perfect pool paradise – all year long.