Having a pool can help you beat the heat and relax during the summer months. Unfortunately, swimming season ends each year. This season, pool owners start preparing to close their facilities for the winter. Doing so involves taking apart various equipment, cleaning and storing supplies, and preparing for the winter season. Winter is a great time to store pool equipment and chemicals, as they can be easily stored during the winter months. When it comes to keeping your pool equipment and chemicals safe, it's important to store them properly. Doing so can help extend the longevity of their equipment and keep them fresh and clean.
This season, prepare to store your pool equipment in order to get it ready to use when the spring season arrives.
Storing the Pool Vacuum Hose
Before you store your pool vacuum, make sure that there is no residual water in the unit. This is important to prevent the hose from freezing and eventually breaking.
Keep the Vacuum Hose Straight
Try to store the vacuum hose straight, as opposed to coiling it. Coiling it could lead to kinks and this can make it difficult to straighten out next year. If possible, it is even better to take the hose apart piece by piece. This ensures all water is completely drained and it prevents kinks. If you choose to take the hose apart, be sure and store all of the pieces together in a sealed, plastic box.
Storing the Pool Vacuum
After draining the water from your pool vacuum, store it in a space that’s safe from the elements. This will help prevent it from getting too hot or cold.
Storing Pool Floats and Toys
Aside from pool toys, there are also rafts, floats, and inflatable toys for kids. These must be deflated before storage. You can also clean and dry them thoroughly to remove mold and keep them from floating. If you have smaller toys, store them in an airtight container. They should be placed away from the outdoor elements and away from the water.
Storing Pool Chemicals Properly
When it comes to keeping a pool safe, the proper storage of pool chemicals is important. The CDC has compiled a list of safety tips for storing pool chemicals:
- Store chemicals in a cool, dry location that is well ventilated and away from direct sunlight.
- Keep chemicals closed and in their original container so the label is visible.
- Store different chemicals away from each other to avoid accidental chemical reactions. Chlorine should never be mixed with acid and liquids should never be stored above or near powders, as they could leak and cause a reaction.
- Make sure all chemicals are locked away and out of reach of children and pets. If ingested, chemicals could cause serious injury and poisoning.
- When choosing a location to store your pool chemicals, always follow your local fire code. For example, never store chemicals near a grill, firearms, or any other flammable materials.
- Do not store chemicals on the ground and never stack them on top of each other.
Ideally, pool equipment should be stored in a climate-controlled storage unit that's well-equipped to protect them from pests and diseases.
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