It’s been a warm winter so far, and we hope you had a chance to use your pool a bit later than usual in 2015.
But now it’s time to have it winterized (if you haven’t already).
You should be going through your winter maintenance routines to ensure that you’re protecting your pool through the off-months. Here are a few tips to make sure everything goes smoothly.
1. Begin winterizing your pool early
It’s a good idea to get going early on your winterizing process. You should get started about a week before you close your pool for the season. Drop in a phosphate remover to prevent algae build up.
2. Monitor your water level
Prepare your pool for the type of winter that your region typically experiences. In freezing climates you should have the water line four-to-six inches below the tile line for a plaster-lined pool or below the skimmer for a vinyl-lined pool. In non-freezing regions, fill the water almost to the top.
3. Balance your pool chemistry
You should be doing this before you close up shop on your pool for the season, but monitoring it will be important as well. Measure your water balance using a kit. Use our Pool Chemical Calculator to find the sweet spot for your pool.
4. Shock and chlorinate
Use an algaecide or algaestat that is long-lasting. A lot products last up to 90 days. Add it to the water on the last day of operation, and run your pump for a full 24 hours to get the algaecide circulating through the entire pool. After that, you can shut down the pump. Doing this properly now will make opening the pool at the end of the winter a lot easier.
You should also add chlorine over the winter, but be sure not to add too much. You don’t want to over-chlorinate and damage the lining. But adding some now will help prevent your pool from turning that sludgy green color you can find in the spring.
5. Backwash your filter
After you’ve run your pump for 24 hours to circulate the winter chemicals for your pool, backwash and chemically clean your filter.
6. Install a winter cover, and make sure it fits well
Make sure you have a cover for your pool that fits and is attached properly. For an in-ground pool, your cover is likely held in place by water blocks or water bags. Make sure those are attached securely, too.
7. Keep Pool Cover Clean
Making sure your pool cover is clean serves two purposes. You’ll ensure that your cover doesn’t get damaged, and you’ll make sure that leaves and other debris aren’t finding their way into the pool, contaminating your water, creating a mess that you’ll spend even more time cleaning up in the spring.
You may want to consider buying a leaf net to go over your pool cover if you are in a climate where temperatures do not drop below freezing. It’s an easy way to keep your pool cover clean and to make maintenance easy. If you use a leaf net, be sure to empty it when needed.
8. Check Your Pool’s Chemical Balance
Check in on your pool periodically. It will help keep your pool clean and sanitary. Catching abnormalities in the pH will help you avoid algae growth, bacteria and other problems that can make for a long spring clean-up or otherwise damage your pool and pool finish.
9. Resurface Your Pool
With swimming pool resurfacing from Fibre Tech, you’ll be working to protect and maintain a great looking pool all year long. Getting a pool refinishing not only makes your pool look great, but gives you peace of mind with a limited 25-year warranty.
While you’re at it, you should check out our post on the most efficient methods for cleaning your pool to save yourself time and hassle.