Start Planning Winter Pool Maintenance Today
Owning a pool is a luxury for many. There is nothing better than finding refuge in the cool water on a hot day. But owning a luxury swimming pool comes with tsunami of responsibility. Whether you are snowed in or it’s the middle of a heatwave, understanding pool maintenance is imperative to your pool’s health and your wallet. In this article, we’ll review the necessary steps to protect your pool during the off-season.
To Close or Not to Close?
You do not necessarily have to cover your pool all winter long. Pay attention to the weather at night, as that’s when it’s coldest. If things start getting too cold, (below 30ºF) consider covering it up. The last thing you want is to freeze your equipment and plumbing lines. Closing your pool will also save you money on chemicals and other pool supplies.
However, on the converse, if you are not careful you could end up growing algae when you open it during the spring. Given the circumstances, we would recommend closing your pool, as it will not only save you money but more than likely protect your pool’s infrastructure. Your pool cover – whether automatic or not – must fit your pool. Additionally, you’ll want to maintain it by brushing debris or snow off it. Snow can quickly become heavy, so it’s critical to remove the build-up from the cover as soon as possible.
Pay Attention to the Pool’s Water Level
You should always keep some water in your pool, even during the off-season. The lowest it should be drained is below the skimmer and jets. That way, no water can get into the pumping system. Another reason you need to be conscious of water level is groundwater. If the pool water is too low, groundwater pressure outside the pool can exceed internal pressure of the pool.
Don’t Forget to Measure Pool Chemistry
Since your pool will go an entire season without any drainage, it’s important you keep it chemically balanced. By keeping your pool clean, you’ll reduce the risk of algae, contamination, and waterlines. Check your pool’s water every two months. Even if you live in a warmer climate where you don’t have to cover your pool, it’s important to keep it maintained.
Let Your Pool Breathe
You don’t want to keep your pool covered for too long. The longer your pool remains closed, the greater chance of algae and bacteria formation. The ideal time would be when it’s still a bit chilly, right before spring.
Schedule a Winter Pool Maintenance Project with Shoreline
Pool maintenance in winter is just as important, if not more so than in the summer months. Be mindful of the ways you are taking care of your pool. There are many things you can do to make the winter months easier, from covering the pool to testing the water and making sure the chemicals are balanced. With over 50 years of experience, Shoreline Pools is here to help you make sure your pool is safe in the colder temperatures.