Keep Your Pool Healthy During Winter
So, you followed all the guidelines for closing your pool for the winter. But, don’t just say goodbye until springtime. A little attention to a few important details throughout the colder months can make your spring opening faster and easier while preventing potential problems.
Watch That Water Level
If you live in a climate with below-freezing wintertime conditions, you most likely lowered your pool’s water level to below the skimmer and purged the circulation system of water to avoid freeze damage. It’s important to stay vigilant. Check under the cover regularly to be sure it’s stable. Your pool should be equipped with an automatic water leveler, but back it up with regular visual inspections.
Maintain Cover Confidence
A good cover system is a must for keeping leaves, dust and other debris out of the pool. These unsightly materials can bring bacteria, algae and other biological contaminants into the pool water. So, get a good cover and be sure to keep it secured throughout the winter.
You can also use a pool safety cover that features solid, multipoint anchoring systems that keep pets and people safe from immersion if they stray onto the cover. Another good investment can be a leaf net, which allows you to lift leaves, twigs and other debris off the primary cover for disposal. For nonfreezing climates, a solar cover can be a great idea for maintaining water temperatures using free sunlight.
Don’t Give Algae a Chance
While the general wisdom is that algae won’t grow at temperatures much below 60o F, you should still keep an eye on it. It’s common practice to provide a sanitizing shock treatment before closing a pool. If you don’t need to drain your circulation system for the winter, occasional sanitizer treatments will help you stay a step ahead of algae throughout the winter.
Keep Up the Good Chemistry
Even when you’re not using your pool, maintaining water chemistry is important. Winter closing kits are available that include the chemicals needed to control algae and bacteria all winter long. If you live in a nonfreezing climate and still have the circulation system running, conduct routine water chemistry testing and add chemicals as needed to keep your water in balance.
Run Pumps Regularly in Nonfreezing Conditions
If you don’t need to drain your pool’s circulation system, use it to keep your water in good condition. Regular filtration will help keep the water cleaner and easier to manage chemically. Many pool pros recommend running the pump 2–4 hours per day.
Stay in Touch for a Healthier Pool
Taking care of your pool during colder months and following these simple steps can go a long way toward making your pool easier to open next season. When you stay in touch with what’s happening with your pool, you’ll be back in the water sooner!