How To Maintain your Swimming Pool in Winter

Your swimming pool is an investment that needs to be taken care of especially during the colder months when you don’t use it. Learn how you can maintain and prevent damage to your swimming pool in the winter, so you can save money when it’s time to use it again.  

Cover the pool

Covering the swimming pool with a pool cover or a pool blanket is a necessity to protect your swimming pool from leaves and other debris that can fall into the water. The pool cover will help maintain 90% of the chlorine, as opposed to losing 70% of chlorine when uncovered.

Check for any algae 

A green swimming pool is likely to have algae growing in it. This may be rare in water temperatures of less than 15 degrees Celsius, however, it’s still best to inspect your swimming pool once or twice a week to ensure there’s no algae growing. You can use chemical products to kill algae such as a chlorine shock treatment or algaecide.

Maintain proper chemical balance

Make sure that you keep the chemical levels right throughout the winter. It is a good idea to test them once per week. A proper chemical balance in your swimming pool can help prevent algae, bacteria, and decontamination so you can easily open your pool when it’s time to use it again.

Clean the pool and cover

Algae forms when debris remains in your swimming pool. Remove any dirt, leaves, branches and other contaminants that fall into your pool or onto your pool cover during winter. If you have an automatic pool cleaner, you should regularly use it. If not, you can use a handheld leaf rake to remove heavy leaf fall. Scrubbing the walls and bottom of your pool periodically will also help prevent algae from forming on pool surfaces.

Final word

A dirty and poorly maintained swimming pool can cost you a lot of money. Make sure that you follow these steps to keep your swimming pool in good condition during the winter so you and your family can enjoy it throughout the year!

 

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