Some people like to keep their pool busy during the off-season. Others prefer to let it do its own thing.
Winterizing your pool can be a bit challenging, but it's important to remember to maintain its proper maintenance areas.
- The pool cover
- The water level
- The water chemistry
Maintain your pool cover
You can get a pool cover done anytime during the year. Just make sure that you get it done in time for the season.
Rain and snow
Although pool covers can withstand heavy snow, they can't protect themselves effectively in cold weather. If you have an automatic cover system, make sure it's set up to withstand the weight of the accumulating snow.
Pump water off solid covers as well, for two reasons:
- Many covers will collapse if too much water collects.
- You should never leave the water in the pool all winter. The pool cover should be opened in the spring to remove the debris and dirty water.
You know that feeling when the temperature rises a few degrees? Unfortunately, it can also induce algae in your pool.
Maintain your pool’s water level
Having a cold pool is not an issue. Just plug the plumbing lines and get rid of the snow and ice. The water can't go through the filter system.
A few inches of water will not harm anything. However, if the water level rises, it might be time to take action.
Without professional help, draining your pool can be very dangerous. Having someone else do it can cause damage to your pool and invalidate your warranty.
Maintain your pool’s water chemistry
Your pool chemistry should remain in its ideal range as long as you can manage it. Winter is a great time to start testing the water. Just make sure that the circulation is good. Once spring comes around, you can add chlorine.
If you have any other questions about pool and spa products please do let us know - we are here to help!