When the weather gets cold, it’s easy to forget about your pool entirely.
That would be a mistake! Although you may not be able to enjoy your swimming pool in the dead of winter, it’s the ideal time to educate yourself about pool maintenance and prepare for the next season.
A little extra time spent during the cold months can save you time and energy during the summer when you’d rather be swimming and lounging in the sun than struggling with chemicals and filters.
Here is why winter is the best time to get into maintaining your pool.
1. Close Your Pool (The Right Way)
Depending on where you live, the seasonal transition could be fairly mild or pretty extreme.
If the temperature gets too cold to swim but stays above freezing, your main concern is keeping the water balanced and everything running smoothly. If you live in an area where it snows, you might need to partially or completely drain your pool to avoid freezing damage.
In either case, you need to close your pool the right way, so that it doesn’t get dirty or damaged during the winter.
If you are lowering the water level or draining your pool, remember to drain the pump, filter, sanitizer, and other pool appliances to avoid freezing damage.
Cover your pool to protect it from getting dirty and filled with debris. If you have an in-ground pool, use water blocks and bags and ensure that everything is safely in place.
Remember to clear snow off the surface of the pool cover. The additional weight can cause damage over time.
2. Tis the Season to Make Upgrades
Winter is the perfect time to update your pool with any structural upgrades or new appliances you have been thinking about.
During the summer your pool will be in use. It’s inconvenient to kick everybody out for a week or more to make updates or repairs, so take the time to do all of that during the winter.
3. Get Ready to Kick Off the Summer
Some maintenance tasks need to be done every year, and it’s easy to do them all during the off-season.
If you have outdated chemicals, it’s time to discard them and buy new ones. The effectiveness of pool chemicals decreases with age, so you need to keep an eye on the dates. Buy your supplies in advance – the cost of everything will increase at the beginning of the summer season. If there is anything broken or out of date, replace it.
You can open your pool right on day one if you make a list of everything you’ll need in advance and work through it during the winter.
Expert Help For Your Pool in PA
Reach out to Scott Payne Custom Pools for a pool company in Pennsylvania. Whether it’s summer or winter, we’re here to take the pain out of owning a pool, so you can get back to having fun.