Closing time on pool season isn’t something that any pool owner looks forward too. But, as months get colder, it’s important to have our routines in place to make sure our pool is ready to enjoy when the weather warms up again. Taking care of your pool over the winter months requires clearing out debris, balancing your chemicals properly, and checking for freeze among many other tasks. Here are some maintenance tips to help get your pool through the off-season and ready again for the summer.
Drain Pool Water
Draining the pool doesn’t mean leaving it running on an empty tank. In fact, completely draining the pool of all water over the winter can lead to interior damage. Instead, drain your pool until the water level is about half a foot above the pool skimmer.
Chemicals for the Winter
There are a few winterizing chemicals you can add to your pool’s composition to make springtime openings a lot smoother. These include chlorine, algaecide, and enzyme products. These all help to keep your pool clean and prevent it from turning into pea soup from excessive algae while it is not in use. This ensures a crystal-clear pool for you to welcome back later.
You will want to do a thorough check of any pumps, pipes, and motors that your pool uses. As the weather starts to get colder, freezes become of concern. Any leftover water that is left in the system can lead to cracks that can cause big problems down the line.
Keep Pool Covers Clean
Like summertime when you clean debris from your pool, you will want to continue this routine in the winter for the pool cover. This lowers the chances of debris finding its way into your pool and causing damage. Consistently cleaning this also makes it easier for you when you do take the cover off and prevents a large pile of debris from getting dumped into your pool.
If you start to notice the weather warming up, it is also a good sign to uncover your pool again. Even though you may not be able to use it until it gets hot out, waiting until later in the spring to reopen your pool can cause more algae problems. This is because warm water will cause a quicker rate of growth in algae.
Sometimes weather can be unpredictable. If you notice it is getting warmer or colder than usual, peek at your pool to make sure everything still looks good. You may be required to add more algaecide or chlorine, take a sump pump to the cover, or invest in a freeze protector.
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