Over 10.4 million United States residential homes have household pools. Although more and more Americans are enjoying soaking in the sun and taking a dip in their pools, very few pool owners have taken the initiative to learn how to care for their pool in the off-months.
Winter pool maintenance can be tedious – however, we are here to help. Keep reading to learn pool maintenance tips to winterize your pool.
Use A Snug Pool Cover
A pool cover is used year-round to keep debris and dirt out of your pool. Although a simple cover typically does the job, during winter it is even more important to have a snug pool cover.
When a pool remains uncovered or susceptible to debris, the liner can be weighed down or discolored over time. Pool owners should not only care of their pool but their pool cover as well.
It can be difficult to find a perfect pool cover that fits irregularly shaped pools. A good pool cover will go across the entire pool and slightly up on the sides without producing any creases.
Drain Your Pool
A freeze can cause irrefutable damage to your pool system. In order to winterize your pool, some pool owners opt to drain their pool entirely during the winter.
Some pool owners are hesitant about draining their pool because they don’t want to waste water. In order to conserve water, you can slightly drain your pool. You can reduce your odds of a freeze by draining the water until the water line is below your simmer.
Add Supplemental Cleaning Products
Algaecide should be added to your pool water on a routine basis. This supplemental product is use to prevent the growth of algae in your pool. Pool owners should use algaecide after shock treatment.
By adding algaecide and chlorine you can combat the build-up of dangerous threats and debris while the pool is not being used. If you start adding these chemicals during the start of the off-season the pool will be protected throughout the off-season.
Monitor Your Pool Chemistry
A pool’s water chemistry refers to the composition of water in terms of PH, alkalinity, calcium, and cyanuric acid levels. You need to constantly work to maintain the integrity of a pool’s chemistry.
When you are winterizing your pool, you should shoot for certain water chemistry indicators. In preparation for the drop in temperature, you need to elevate the PH level to between 7.6 and 7.8.
By raising the alkalinity to 150-175ppm, you can prepare for the natural drop in alkaline that comes from still water. In preparation of winter you should boost your calcium levels to protect your pool’s coating and deter erosion.
Master Pool Maintenance
By caring for your pool year-round you can ensure that you keep your pool healthy and keep maintenance costs low. Learning winter pool maintenance tips can help boost the longevity of your swimming pool.
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