During the winter, the possibility that your pool’s equipment and surface becomes damaged and unusable is grand if there is no adequate maintenance present. Therefore, proper winter pool maintenance is a must to keep your swimming pool in great condition and ready to be enjoyed when you consider appropriate. The following are the top off-season pool care tips to consider undertaking when the coldest season of the year has approached.
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The Top Tips to Adequately Maintain Your Swimming Pool During the Winter
Avoid Above & Underneath Cover Surprises
The accumulation of debris is apparent even in the winter. Debris can be noted above and underneath the pool’s cover during this season, so cleaning both sides is a must. Furthermore, it has become well-known that snow and wind can add significant stress to pool covers, so ensure that lawn anchors, water bags, attachments, and cover are securely attached to avoid any loosen up.
Ensure Water-Chemistry Balance
Calcium hardness, cyanuric acid, alkalinity, and pH should be of standard ranges in order to place a variety of matters on the surfacing and equipment of your pool at bay. At a minimum, during the winter it suggested that you balance the pH of your pool once a week. Another tip to take into account is that of utilizing algaecide to eliminate existing algae, as well as prevent new blooms.
Keeping Equipment Up-to-Par
Even if your pool has a cover, pollen, dirt, and/or other contaminants can make their way into your water one way or another. So, checking the status of your equipment frequently is recommended. Ensuring that everything is working properly can prevent any surprises from arising in the near future.
Cold weather has been noted to freeze water. This outcome causes equipment and plumbing to take a downfall, particularly if freeze guard is not checked consistently to make sure there is circulation in the equipment. Repairs can be quite expensive if frozen plumbing or equipment becomes apparent. If you stop to think about it, it is better to prevent than lament.
Debris can be very harmful, especially when it remains present for a long time. For this reason, you should keep your equipment and water as clean as possible by emptying skimmer basket, cleaner bags, floor cleaner containers, and pump baskets on a regular basis.
Keep Surfaces Well-Kept
Well kept floors, walls, and other pool surfaces can facilitate the growth of algae. It is suggested that you clean surfaces at least once a week by brushing, vacuuming, and skimming as you see fit. There are some areas that are often overlooked, causing even more damage. Remember to brush corners, steps, and behind ladders.
Ensure Adequate Water Level
Protect your pool’s pump to keep it primed by making sure the water level is adequately topped off. If you are located in a cold area, it is suggested for the water in your pool to be four to six inches below the skimmer during winter. If you reside in a warmer area, one where freezing temperatures are not noted, it is suggested that your pool be filled to the top in the winter.
Do Not Allow Winter to Disrupt Your Near Future Pool Experience
Even though your pool might appear up-to-par during the winter season, do not let looks fool you. Winter can disrupt your swimming pool in more than one aspect within a short period of time, without it becoming apparent. Take the aforementioned tips into account to avoid this from taking place and thus keep your pool in good shape, ready to give you a good experience when the hot season approaches.