Winter Pool Maintenance
If you live in a region that does not experience extreme winter conditions, there is no need to close your pool as long as you ensure it gets properly maintained. By scooping out the leaves, vacuuming the bottom, and keeping some chlorine in the water, your pool will likely to stay clean and clear. Cold weather requires lesser chlorine consumption and decelerates the growth of bacteria and algae. Since its cold, there will also be lower bather load. Pools used in the colder season only need to keep the water circulating and filtering and undergo the same maintenance as during the swimming season.
For pools in areas with colder climates, or those that deal with rain, snow, ice, and unstable temperatures, there is a higher risk for wear and tear on outdoor pools than those in cold climates. The winter maintenance of the pool highly depends on the climate in your area. If the temperature in your area remains above the freezing point, you can opt to keep your pool open. But if the temperature in your area falls below zero or even lower, you must winterize your pool and refrain from using it until the spring season.
Here are seven tips to keep your pool protected during the cold season:
On the last day of the swimming season, add a chemical treatment to the water and run the pump for 24 hours so it will fully circulate. Use an algaestat or algaecide that can stay in the water for an extended time. After allowing the treatment to circulate for 24 hours, shut down the circulation system for the winter. If you can keep algae away from your pool for a good length of time, opening your pool in the swimming season will require lesser preparation.
If you decide to close your pool for the winter, make sure to check the system, especially the pipes, and the motorized parts. Drain all the water from the pump, the pool heater, and the filter. You may also want to drain water about 4-6 inches below the pool skimmer. Any excess water in these parts can freeze as temperatures start to drop. When these parts freeze, the pipes can crack, which can be costly to repair or replace. Make sure to completely remove any excess water in your pool cover as well to prevent freezing.
A cover is an essential tool to maintain the cleanliness of your pool over the winter season. A pool cover not only ensures that children are safe from the pool, but it also keeps wildlife out of your property. Keep the cover clean and sturdy by regularly removing leaves and dumps of snow or rainwater.
To have clean, clear pool water in spring, make sure that your pool cover is fitted correctly. The cover must be installed snugly and adequately so that the wind will not cause it to flap or billow. If the pool doesn’t fit correctly, dirt, debris, and other stray animals can find their way into your pool, which can lead to more extensive cleaning and maintenance.
Even if the fall season was mild and warm, it’s still best to check your pool before the onset of winter so you can add chlorine and algaecide accordingly. If you live in an area that gets heavy rainfall and you used a mesh cover on your pool, the chances are high that the chemical treatments you added to the water have been diluted. So, before the first sign of snow or frost hits, supplement the chemicals to prevent algae growths as you wait for the swimming season to arrive.
Add enzyme products to the water during the offseason to break down the non-living organic contamination that made its way to your pool during winter, including bird droppings, pollen, or other contaminants from bathers of the previous season. Using enzyme products during the off-season can prevent the appearance of a waterline ring that can be difficult to scrub off.
Protect the Water
Use winterizing products with biocidal properties to delay or prevent the growth of harmful microorganisms. The maintenance steps you follow in summer are also applicable in winter. Try to maintain the proper pH levels of your pool water at all times for easier pool tending.
The biggest challenge for pool owners in cold environments is the poor circulation of water. The pool is also covered at all times, so the chlorine will degrade and disappear over the long course of the winter. We highly recommend that you use winterization products that contain algaecides, which are stable and can stay in the water for a long time. Most algaecides can survive the winter and delay or prevent the growth of bacteria and algae.
If you have successfully winterized your pool, you can relax and not worry about it until the warmer weather or swimming season arrives. However, some things can happen over the winter season that can cause damage to your pool, even if you have adequately winterized it. That said, we recommend that you still check on your pool once in a while so you can monitor its different components, including its water level.
Maintaining your pool during the winter months will help you save time and money when spring comes. If you have any questions or you want to leave the job to professionals, contact Crazy Legs Pool Service today at 302-682-9400 or [email protected]. We are located in Rehoboth, Delaware, and we service all types of pools in Rehoboth, Lewes, Millsboro, Bethany Beach, Milton, Georgetown, Milford, Dagsboro, Selbyville & the surrounding areas. We offer different sizes of pool covers and various pool services.