How to Keep Pool Open in Winter
Winter is a-comin, but that doesn’t mean you have to put the pool away for good. Here in Atlanta, many people actually choose to keep their pools open for winter and keep the fun going year round. If you’re thinking you might want to brave the winter months without closing your pool, there are a few things on how to keep your pool open in the winter. You’ll definitely want to these tips keep in mind to protect your swimming pool from damage and make sure all systems are running as they should be.
The Right Pump System
One of the keys to a successful year-round pool is the right swimming pool equipment, such as automated pump system. There’s a common misconception out there that running the heater on your pool is enough to prevent freezing. Unfortunately, that’s not true, and relying solely on your pool’s heater could result in damaged or broken pipes. Many automated pump systems include sensors that will turn on the pump when temperatures near freezing. When water is moving, it can’t freeze, so you can rest assured you won’t be dealing with a pool popsicle.
While you can’t rely on heaters ALONE, having a pool heater and freeze sensors installed are important parts of keeping the pool party going all the way through the holidays. Make sure you have a pool heater that can handle colder temperatures. While Atlanta still stays pretty balmy most of the time, there are a number of heat pumps that can’t dip below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and that probably won’t cut it. However, there are pool heaters that work well even into the 20’s, so look for a winter-ready heater to make pool maintenance in the winter easier.
Keep an Eye on Things
Whether you’re using all automated systems or you’re manually checking it, when the temperatures start to drop, you’ll have to keep a closer eye on your pool to make sure no damage is done that could put your pool, your yard, or your home at risk. pH levels, alkalinity, and calcium hardness are important things to watch very carefully as the changing weather can disrupt them more easily and we all know that an unbalanced pool is not one you want to take a dip in. It’s also always a good idea to cover your pool when you’re not using it. We know, it’s a bit of a chore, but it’s worth it to enjoy your pool through the winter without worry.
If you take the right precautions, have regularly scheduled maintenance, and keep an eye on things, keeping your pool open through the winter can be a totally viable option. And who doesn’t love the idea of a little mid-December dip, or a New Year’s Eve party poolside?