How to Care for Your Swimming Pool Through the Winter
With the summer days drawing to a close, the pool may not be frequented as often as it used to. But, that is no reason to neglect it! Your inground pool could require leak and crack repairs if not properly maintained.
Here are 10 tips for maintaining your pool throughout winter:
- Add Mid-Winter Algaecide
Use an algaecide that stays in the water for a long length of time. On the last day of operation, add this to the water and run the pump cycle for a full day to properly circulate it. Then shut down for the winter.
- Check Your System to Prevent Freezing
Drain the water from your pump, pool heater and filter. If water freezes in these parts they can crack and will have to replaced.
- Keep Your Pool Cover Clean All Winter Long
A dirty but safely covered pool beats a sparkling clean but uncovered pool anytime. There simply is no better insurance for keeping toddlers and wildlife out of the pool.
- Add Chlorine to Your Pool to Ensure a Blue Pool for Summer
As soon as the weather starts to warm up in the spring, lift the corner of your pool cover and add chlorine. This will prepare your pool for summer use.
- Check Your Cover to Make Sure It Is Properly Fitted
An improperly fitted cover could open and expose your pool to the elements, undoing all the work you’ve done to maintain it.
- Pay Attention to The Weather
A warmer autumn and winter could require more chlorine and algaecide in spring to reduce the algae bloom. A colder winter season cure requires maintenance on your pool systems due to freezing.
- Use an Enzyme Chemical to Break Down Non-Living Contamination
A chemical enzyme will break down the contaminants that will inevitably find their way into your pool. Contaminants such as bird droppings, pollen, and dead leaves.
The enzyme chemical will also help prevent the formation of the waterline ring which could save you a lot of elbow grease in scrubbing.
- Keep Your Pool Cover Free of Debris
If leaves, sticks and other organic matter clutter your pool cover, they could create an indent and you’ll end up with a nasty slew of stagnant water which could make its way into your pool.
- Keep an Eye on Your Pool
Check that your cover remains firmly secured, that it is clean and fitted. Also, check the water level of the pool. A reducing water level could indicate a leak.
- Open Early
Uncover your pool early in the spring before it gets too hot. A hot covered pool acts as a greenhouse for algae to bloom.