If you have a salt water pool, you want to make sure that it's properly winterized when the season is over. There are some easy things that you can do to winterize it yourself. If you don't feel up to it, you can always talk to a pool service company and hire them to come do the work for you.
Clean Your Pool
Before you start the whole winterizing process, you need to make sure that you have a nice clean pool. That means that you need to clean your pool. You want to make sure that you do a thorough job because you can end up with some stains if you aren't careful. After you are done cleaning it, you want to make sure that you vacuum the pool. That will get rid of any extra dirt or debris that may be left over after you cleaned it up.
Balance Your Levels
After you have gotten it all nice and clean, you need to make sure that all the levels in your pool are in the right range. The levels don't mean the water levels. In this case, it means pH, alkalinity, and salt levels. One reason that you want to make sure that you handle the levels before you winterize is because the cold may cause your sensors to come up with false readings. If you know that the levels were right and that you adjusted as necessary, then you can probably not worry about any false readings that you may get. Make sure you only adjust one thing at a time and then measure it afterward, before you start something else. That way you are going to get the best results possible.
Use a Winterizing Kit
A winterizing kit will have all the chemicals you are going to need to condition the water and to make sure that no algae or anything else will grow in your pool over the winter. You want to make sure that you get a chemical kit that is specifically for a salt water pool. A kit for any other kind of kit can cause problems with your pool or filter, and may make you end up with a lot of repair bills before you get to enjoy your pool in the summer.
Winterizing your pool will mean that it's in good shape when summer comes around and you can start swimming again.