Tips For Winter Pool Maintenance

When the cover goes on your pool, that doesn't necessarily mean that it's time for you to stop maintaining it. In fact, there are a number of things that you should be aware of during the winter months, as you will have to continue to practice upkeep on your winter pool. Luckily, you have this guide at your fingertips. There are a number of different things that you need to do before the winter months hit in order to ensure that your pool stays in it best condition possible all winter long. 

Apply a Mid-Winter Algaecide

In order to prevent algae from forming your pool during those cold winter months, it is important to buy and apply a mid-winter algaecide. Algae doesn't grow according to the rules of most plants that die during the winter months because it is essentially a perennial. Add mid-winter algaecide to your pool during its last day of operation and allow the pump to run for 24 hours so that it can properly circulate throughout the pool. This ensures that it will enter all of the nooks and crannies of the pool's components.. After this is done, you may shut down your pool for the course of the winter months and cover it appropriately. You should then shut off your pool's circulation system for the winter.

Prevent Freezing

Make sure that your pool is not freezing during the winter months. You should check your pool with some frequency in order to ensure that it is not freezing, and doing so means checking that the pipes that are attached to your pool system are also not freezing.

Before turning off your pool system for the winter, make sure that all of the excess water from your pool's pipes are completely drained. You might also want to keep your pool's water line about 5 or 6 inches below the skimmer line in order to help further prevent freezing. For further freezing proof, keep your pumps running at a low level so that the water circulates. You can buy special pumps that can allow the water to run at a low speed until the temperature warms and the pumps can start working normally again. 

Make Sure Your Pool Is Covered And Clean At All Times

A pool should be adequately covered by a pool cover that has a locking mechanism, as this will ensure that no children, pets or wildlife will be able to find their way into your pool, which is definitive cause for an emergency, as the near freezing temperatures of the pool can be dangerous on top of the risk of drowning.

During the winter months, cleaning off such a pool cover can be a difficult task, but this is simply something you will have to deal with to ensure a sufficient amount of safety. Cleaning off loop lock pool covers usually revolves around spraying them down with a hose to remove debris and then using a shop vac to remove the excess water so that you do not experience freezing on top of the pool cover. 

Use Enzyme Chemicals

In order to make sure that your pool stays sufficiently clean during the off-season period, it is best to add an enzyme chemical cleaner to your pool's circulatory system at least once per month during this time. Enzyme chemicals will ensure that any organic material in your pool, such as algae and other forms of debris, will eventually break down. It is best used in conjunction with algaecide in order to double both treatments' efficacy.

Just because your pool is not in use during the winter months does not mean that you have to stop with your maintenance. Pool maintenance is absolutely integral during the off season.