It’s winter, and while that doesn’t mean months of snowfall or sub-freezing temperatures in this part of the country, it does mean your family’s pool has a lighter use. Now is the perfect time to schedule some winter maintenance so your pool will be clean, safe, and ready for swimming once spring rolls around. Here are three pool maintenance tips to keep your pool in great shape:
- Drain your pipes and motorized elements. Any water left in your pipes, pool heater, pump, or filter can freeze and expand. That expansion can lead to cracks in the pipes or can even break tabs and hoses in the motorized parts. Check them over before the first major freeze to make sure they’re free of water. Even if you don’t drain your pool completely, also make sure to drain it below the edge of the skimmer.
- Keep the water clean with algaecide. Texas doesn’t stay below freezing for long, and the mild winters mean algae and bacteria have an easy time growing in your pool if it’s not cleaned at the end of the swimming season. Add an algaecide product to your pool and run the pump for 24 hours right before you shut down the system for winter. This will get rid of algae currently in the system to minimize growth throughout winter.
- Regularly clear off debris from your pool cover. Once your pool is closed for winter, the cover is bound to collect leaves and debris, even if it doesn’t build up with ice. Keep it clean so you can monitor it for cracks, pests, and damage.
Winter pool maintenance is all about prevention. Taking a few simple steps now like adding algaecide and keeping nature at bay can make starting your pool up in the spring much easier and faster. Visit Varsity Pools here for more tips.