While the arrival of winter means that you are unlikely to be spending much time in your pool, there is still plenty of maintenance you need to be taking care of during the winter months. Staying on top of winter pool maintenance is critical in order to ensure that your pool is ready to go when summer arrives. Proper maintenance can also help to prevent costly damage that can occur during the winter months. To help ensure that your pool is ready when the weather heats back up, here is a look at a few critical winter pool maintenance steps that you should be following.
Monitor Your Pool
One of the easiest things you should be doing to maintain your pool in winter is keeping an eye on it to make sure everything is okay. Since you will not be using your pool it is easy to forget about it, but it is important that you continue to keep it clear of debris and clean the filter regularly. If your pool is covered, remember to periodically remove debris so that it does not get weighed down. Wind can also put stress on your pool cover, so you will want to check regularly to make sure that your cover, attachments, and anchors are securely attached and have not come loose.
Continue to Maintain Water Chemistry
Since you will not be using your pool, you may feel like this is an excuse to slack off and not maintain your water chemistry. However, properly balancing your water chemistry is essential year-round, as failing to do so can wreak havoc on your pool surface and equipment. Thusly, you should continue to check and balance your pool’s water chemistry at least once a week during winter. You may also want to consider using an algaecide to prevent any algae blooms.
Beware of Winter Freezes
If you live in an area where freezing temperatures are common during the summer, it is critical that you keep an eye on your pool equipment when temperatures plummet. It is particularly important that you keep an eye on your freeze guard to ensure that your pool equipment still has circulation when the temperatures drop below freezing. This simple step can prevent costly damage, and it will help to ensure that your pool is ready to use when the temperatures rise again.
Feel free to contact us for more advice on maintaining your pool this winter.