Can you leave a pool ladder in the winter?

William Adams
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Can you leave a pool ladder in the winter? No, that’ s absolutely not a good idea.

Can you leave a pool ladder in the winterIt is strongly recommended to remove pool ladders from the pool for the winter season.

The reasoning behind it is pretty simple: The less exposure to the weather, the longer your ladder will last.

The same goes for those pools in warmer climates, which are not susceptible to winter freezing.

Can you leave a pool ladder in the winter? Introduction

So we’ve agreed that you need to remove the ladder.

But how to winterize your swimming pool ladder or pool steps?

Here are a few tips if you’re not quite sure what to do:

  • Raise the pool ladder completely over the swimming pool wall. You may want to enlist the help of family or friends for this: Safety first!
  • If your ladder had water inside as a stabilizer, drain the water from the legs, lay it on its side, then take off the caps from any fill hole.
  • Lean the whole thing onto its back or side to drain the water, depending on which side your fill holes are on.
  • If your pool ladder or pool steps are weighed down with sand instead of water, you don’t have to go to all the trouble of removing it. It’s not going to cause any problems.
  • It will obviously be much heavier to carry, which is why you’ll need a couple of people to safely take it out of the pool and put it into storage.
  • Place the fill hole caps or plugs back into the pool ladder or pool steps to avoid losing them (speaking from experience, folks).
  • Store the pool ladder indoors, or cover it with a tarp to keep it clean and protected.

What’s the difference between closing a pool and winterizing a pool?

During fall, it’s common to say goodbye to the swimming pool season and prepare to close your (above or in-ground) swimming pool for the cold weather.

As a pool owner, you should know that there is a considerable difference between closing and winterizing a pool.

These terms are used interchangeably, but they are worlds apart.

In places with temperatures prone to freezing, it’s not enough to close a pool and you’ll definitely have to winterize it.

What is closing a swimming pool?

When you close a pool, all you do is switch off the filters, and put the cover on.

That’s great if you’re closing it for a few days during vacation.

Some pool owners close their heated pool to minimize energy costs or use an automatic cover to lower expenses related to pool upkeep.

Closing your pool is something you would do if your swimming pool isn’t presently being used, but it will be shortly.

When you close your pool, you’re probably not that worried about freezing temperatures or about water remaining in the ductwork.

In many southern areas, pool owners just close their swimming pools throughout the cold weather.

Although the temperature goes down, they don’t experience freezing temperatures.

You may time filters etc., to run for an hour or two a day while the cover is in place.

What is winterizing a swimming pool?

Unlike closing a swimming pool, winterizing effectively ends your pool fun and you won’t be using it for several months.

Equipment is switched off, devices are removed, and the water is drained out of the ductwork and other system devices.

In cooler areas, swimming pool owners close their pools and prepare them for the winter.

This is really important since water can cause damage if left behind in a pump or a pipe with temperatures below freezing.

Once it freezes, remember that the exact same volume of water expands by 9%, enough to fracture plastic, metal, or whatever the material.

Because of the possibility of not draining your pipes and devices properly, an air blower (aka a liner vac) is a must-have piece of equipment.

If this task is beyond you, you can find a specialist to take care of it.

The air blower needs to be high volume and low-pressure to efficiently remove all water from the swimming pool ductwork.

Make sure you’re not using a high-pressure and low-volume air blower, which could blow over the water in your swimming pool’s ductwork and leave residual water.

This can eventually expand if it turns into ice and will cause your pipes to burst.

The bummer is that you won’t know if you’ve done this correctly until the following spring, as it’s just then when any faults or leakages will become apparent.

Covering your pool in winter (Can you leave a pool ladder in the winter?)

The other main distinction between closing and winterizing a swimming pool is the type of cover that you use.

In areas where snow is expected and temperatures drop below freezing, polypropylene or mesh safety covers are the best covers.

They’re made to withstand heavy snow and high winds and are attached with deck anchors as an added safety feature.

Important things to keep in mind about preparing your swimming pool for winter

  • The water level in your pool should be lowered to roughly 1″ underneath the pool and evenly balanced 24 hours in advance of your swimming pool specialist’s arrival.
  • Store your pool devices safely and in a cool place during the winter. Make sure to remove your railings, ladders, and ladder bumpers.
  • Always blow out the swimming pool lines from the skimmer back to the equipment.
  • Closing your swimming pool and winterizing your pool are 2 really different things. To close a pool, you could do just the bare minimum and just remove your ladder and put on a cover.
  • There is much more to do to winterize a pool and ensure that its devices will not suffer damages during a freeze.

Can you leave a pool ladder in the winter? Final tip

Make sure to consult your swimming pool professional.

You should examine your installation manual before making any attempts at a DIY pool winterization as it could negate your warranty.

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About William Adams

I’m an engineer and a happy plus-size individual myself. I love to blog online if I can have a positive impact on the lives of others. I help other plus-size people with in-depth product guides to make shopping for products and services less stressful in their busy lives. Read More