Winter is one of the harshest seasons for your pool. In order to keep the pool free from damage and the effects of freezing throughout the winter it is important that you prepare it properly. A little bit of winter preparations and maintenance will go a long way in making sure your pool is ready to swim in come summer.
The temperatures are usually warmer doing the day and the night brings in the freezing temperatures. In order to protect your pool throughout the night it is important that you set up freezer protect equipment. Anytime the temperature drops below thirty five degrees the freeze protect equipment needs to turn on. If you don’t do this you could be asking for expensive pool repairs. During the say when temperatures are warmer and the sun is out, trap it in your solar heating system which will help save energy in the long run.
Chlorine Feeders Should Be Turned Off
Chlorine feeders ensure a constant flow of chlorine into the pool water. If the system malfunctions at any point there may not be enough chlorine in the water to keep it safe for swimming in. Most people close their pools in the winter so it is important that the chlorine levels are maintained. Instead of keeping chlorine feeders on throughout the winter manually monitor the levels of chlorine in the pool water using a pool test kit. The levels of chlorine in the water should be between one and one point five parts per million.
Clean the Skimmers and Baskets Often
The water in your pool needs to be clean at all times. Without taking the necessary steps it may be incredibly difficult to achieve this. For the pool to remain clean you need to have the right equipment to collect, trap and dispose of debris littering the pool. Pool skimmers are a great tool for this. A skimmer is connected to the pools wall with a suction pump and filters in the water and dirt, trapping the dirt and letting clean pool water escape. Keeping the skimmers and baskets cleaned at all times will help keep the water free of debris.
The pH should be In Balance
One of the most important elements in your pool water is the pH level. The pools water chemistry needs to remain neutral. A neutral pH balance is anything between seven point zero and seven point six. If the pool water is too acidic it will dissolve plaster pool surfaces and eat away at metal pipe fittings. If the pool has too much alkaline will result in calcification at the waterline.
Shockingly it is possible for algae to grow in a pool during the winter season. If you aren’t able to kill the algae it will flourish in your pool, become discolored and smell really bad. Treat the pool before shutting it down for the winter. Make sure the chlorine level is maintained before adding in the algaecide. If you don’t take this step the algaecide will be ineffective. In order to prevent the algae from growing for the entire winter it is important to use an extra strong algaecide.
Follow the tips above in helping to protect your pool for the winter season. It is especially important to protect your pools plaster. Make sure the water pH is in check frequently throughout the winter season to avoid costly pool plaster repairs.