Winter Pool Prep Tips

Winter Pool Prep Tips

October 21, 2021

The cold temperatures and icy weather of winter can do major damage to your pool if you aren’t careful. Since winter is just a few weeks away, it’s time for pool owners to start proper preparations. These preparations should include routinely clearing away debris, monitoring water levels and balancing your pool’s PH levels.

Read on for many more winter season tips to prep your pool:

  • Keep an eye on the pool equipment: Cold temperatures can easily destroy pool equipment if it causes them to freeze. You should avoid leaving water inside of any pool equipment, especially if temperatures are below freezing. Most pools come with freeze guards to protect against cold-weather damages. Make sure yours is working properly before the freezing temperatures hit.
  • Clean away debris: It’s important to clean your pool no matter what time of year it is. During winter, a large amount of debris can gather inside skimmer baskets, pump baskets and floor cleaner containers. While it’s easy to forget about cleaning certain pool components in winter, you should always do so. This will help protect your equipment and make cleaning in the spring much easier.
  • Maintain water levels: Your water levels should stay consistent in the winter months. For those in warmer climates, that means keeping water levels filled to almost the tops of their pools. Those in cooler climates, like Oxford, CT, should maintain water levels of 4 to 6 inches below the skimmer in winter. Maintaining proper water levels will help protect your pump.
  • Watch your pool cover: One of the winter pool prep tips most experts recommend is watching the cover. Snow can easily build up on the pool cover, causing major damage over time. Since pool covers are expensive, you want to avoid having to buy a new one. Clear away snow and ice from your pool cover as soon as you notice it.
  • Maintain the pH balance of your pool: It’s important to balance your pool’s pH levels at least once a week. This will help protect your pool’s surfacing and equipment. Be sure to also add an algaecide to prevent algae from destroying your pool over the winter months.
  • Vacuum and skim your pool: Don’t let algae and other organic debris wreak havoc on your pool’s surfacing. Vacuum and skim your pool on at least a weekly basis.

Make sure your pool is ready for summer

Following the winter season tips mentioned above to prep your pool will help you avoid expensive repairs and ensure a working pool next summer. If you don’t have the time or energy to take care of your pool this winter, contact an expert pool maintenance service. Working with a pool maintenance service will ensure your pool is properly taken care of all winter.

When looking for more winter season pool prep tips, contact the experts at A-1 Pools & Spas. We offer many convenient pool services, including maintenance, construction and repairs. Contact us today to speak with an expert about your pool service needs.

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