Even in the winter months, there are some pool maintenance things that owners must pay attention to. It might not be quite as fun as tending to your pool in the summer months when you know you can enjoy it as quickly as possible after the hard work is done, but pool maintenance in the winter is just as important for the overall health of your pool.
Continue Water Care
Microorganism growth slows when the temperatures fall, but it doesn’t stop entirely. That’s why it’s important to keep up with your pool’s water care. Things like algaecide are good to use in the colder months or when your pool is closed for the season.
Watch for Freezing
Freezing water in pools can be dangerous. Because water expands when it freezes, many days with below freezing temperatures could leave with more than just a poolcicle – it could leave you with damaged pool structures, too. Though it isn’t incredibly common, frozen pools can cause cracks and damage to the foundation of the pool. Once that damage is done, repairs or complete recreations can be possible.
Keep an eye on chlorine levels during the winter as you would during open pool season, with one small exception. Add a little more. Adding more chlorine when your pool is closed helps the stagnant water do it’s job more easily. However, be careful not to add too much. Doing so could bleach the pool liner.
Don’t Ignore It
We know it’s tempting to close up shop for the year and then walk away from your pool until it’s time to pull out that opening checklist when the weather warms again. But just because it’s tempting doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. We highly recommend checking on your pool regularly – at least once a month – during the winter to ensure debris is taken care of, pH levels are where they need to be, and no unexpected microorganisms or other unwanted matter has found its way into your pool. If you are covering your pool for the winter, add clearing debris from that cover to the list of things to do, and checking the integrity of the cover as well. Any tears or holes should be taken care of as soon as they’re spotted.
Because the pool is being used less often – if at all – during the winter, it’s the perfect time to check the equipment. Make sure the pumps, etc. are working as they should be, that all the parts of your pool’s equipment are in working order. If there’s a need for repairs, replacements, cleaning, or upgrading, now is the time to do it.
Even though you may not be enjoying cold drinks poolside this time of year, there is still work to be done. If you keep your eye on all of these things and check your pool’s systems regularly, you should be good. Trust us, your spring or summer self will thank you when getting the pool in usable condition again is that much easier!