Taking care of your pool in the winter is really important if you want to open up your pool clear and well maintained in the summer. To achieve this, you will need to pay close attention to some means that will help you keep the water in the pool intact throughout the year. Not taking care of your aboveground pool during the off season or just putting a cover over it will definitely cause you much trouble when the time comes for you to use the pool again and will surely cost you a lot of money to fix it. You would need to do pool maintenance and may even need to replace the whole pool if some major problem arises from your lack of care.
Continue reading to find out the best ways to prevent something so unfortunate from happening.
To start with, one important thing you should always do is test your water and keep testing it once in a while throughout the winter. Keep your chlorine levels at least 0,5ppm
to ensure no bacterials or other microbes make their appearance. However, do not let these levels become too high as this may cause significant damage to your pool equipment. You should also, ensure that the total alkalinity, the pH as well as the calcium levels are stable and do not fall under the lowest limits. That is quite important actually, as these features may affect several components of the pool like the heaters or the metal pieces of it. Another serious aspect of winter pool maintenance it taking care of the leaves and any other possible pollutant that is being thrown onto the surface of the pool. Just buy a good leaf net and skim the surface regularly especially during the very heavy leaf drop periods of the offseason. You might also need to vacuum the bottom of the pool. At the end of each summer season, you can use custom stickers
to indicate the latest chemical levels.
One should not forget to have a look at the filter of the pool. If you have a dirty filter you will need to wash it with a special cleaner that will remove all impurities from it. With the onset of winter, we recommend the use of an algaecide
that will not only kill algae but also prevent it from growing during the offseason. As far as the running time of your equipment is concerned, a good idea would be to reduce this time during the winter but definitely not switch it off. Do not forget to apply a pool safe antifreeze into the pipes. Pay attention to choosing a safe and non clemical antifreezer
as the liquid will make its appearance into the pool when you start using it again during the summer. Finally, do not neglect to put on a solid winter cover that will prevent rain, snow and generally extreme environmental weather conditions during the winter. Make sure that you periodically remove any water or other things that have been gathered on the surface of the cover, to prevent a possible tearing.
It is true that most pools are left to face the elements of nature alone during the offseason. One should not forget however, that even in the coldest days of the year when the pool is not being used at all, it still requires proper pool maintenance. Since the process of taking care of your pool is not as difficult as you may have imagined, you should try to follow the tips described above to be sure that you can jump into it at any time when the weather allows it.