Taking care of a pool at spring, summer and fall is a pretty basic job, but many pool owners do not know how to properly take care of a swimming pool in the winter. While it is not rocket science to make sure your pool gets properly maintained when the weather starts getting colder, you have to know what to do to ensure the best results. To help you out, we have gathered together a couple of special things that you need to remember for winter pool chemicals and maintenance:
The basic premise for winter pool maintenance is to keep the pool covered at all times and to make sure that none of the mechanical parts and pipes will get frozen. These two tricks form the baseline for your winter pool maintenance, but sadly, it is not as easy as that. To ensure that the pool stays in the best condition possible, all of the experts in the pool industry recommend that you use chemicals to enhance the results.
Algaecides are chemicals which are meant to prevent algae from growing in your pool. Without algaecides, the pool would get incredibly dirty during the winter, and most likely there would be a nasty surprise and a big cleaning operation waiting for you when the warmer weather conditions come back.
It is essential to add some algaecide to the pool’s water a day before you stop using it for the winter. When you do this, the water will have enough time to circulate throughout the pool and the algaecide will do its trick and be evenly spread. Then, after the 24 hours is up, it is time for you to stop the pump for the winter’s duration.
Another essential pool chemical for your winter maintenance is chlorine. While chlorine is important throughout the year, its mission should be to keep your water clear throughout the winter. When you make sure that the chlorine levels are steady throughout the winter, you will not have to face green water and a frustrating cleaning process in the spring.
As it is with algaecides, chlorine should also be added before the winter season starts, to make sure that the levels stay steady throughout the winter. The best way to do this is by making sure that you have enough chlorine in the pool about a week before the season ends and to react accordingly. If the levels are too low, gradually add enough chlorine to hit the needed levels. Make sure not to overdose the chlorine though!
Check your pool for the right chemicals even in winter by bringing in a sample to Elko Spas, Billiards and Pools. We will let you know if any adjustments are needed.
While pool maintenance in winter can seem hard to someone who just got a pool, it might be a relief to hear that it is not that complicated after all. Sure, winter maintenance requires some work, but overall it is not that much different compared to summer or fall maintenance. If you follow the tips mentioned above, your pool will stay in perfect shape throughout the winter and you will not have to face a green, disgusting pool in the spring, when it’s time to start swimming again!
Elko Spas Billiards & Pools
4718 Northgate Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588