As the weather turns cooler you may not be using your swimming pool quite as much or, if you’re like me, you may have closed your pool now for the winter months. How many of us have gone to jump in the pool as soon as the weather warms up only to find a murky green swamp where our beautiful, crystal clear swimming pool was once found? If you want to avoid a nasty green surprise at the start of the swimming season there are a few quick steps you can take. So just how do you avoid a green pool in winter?
Clean Your Pool
It’s always a good idea to give your pool a good scrub down at the end of the season. This helps to get rid of large debris, scale and bacteria that might break down and help algae to take hold.
You should also give your filter a clean to enable it to perform efficiently throughout the cooler months. Giving it a good clean now means your pool maintenance will be even easier for the rest of the winter and help you avoid the dreaded green pool.
Cover Your Pool
Even if you’re lucky enough to live somewhere warm enough not to have to close your pool completely for winter, keeping your pool covered when it’s not in use is a great idea. A good pool cover will stop algae spores from getting in your pool and also prevent other debris, such as leaves and bugs, from getting blown in, decomposing and providing a perfect environment for algae to thrive.
It’s also a good idea to clean any debris off the top of the cover as it build up to help stop it disintegrating into the water when it rains.
Maintain The Water Balance
If you want to avoid a green pool nightmare, keep on top of your pool chemistry. Just a small drop in your chlorine level can be enough for algae to take hold. Check the pool chemistry every 2-3 weeks and adjust accordingly. Pay particular attention to your pH level too. Try to maintain it at 7.2 to 7.6 to avoid corrosion which can occur more readily at lower temperatures.
You may also want to ‘shock’ your pool a couple of times over winter to break down any contaminants that have accumulated. Remember to run your filter for a couple of hours after shocking your pool to ensure even distribution of the chemicals.
It’s also a good idea to keep your filter running twice a day for an hour or two during winter as stagnant water is the perfect breeding ground for algae.
So there you have it! A little maintenance can go a long way to helping you avoid rolling back the covers to a horrible, murky green pool when spring rolls around again. If you do get an algae outbreak, follow our tips for getting rid of it and restoring your pool back to health.
And if you notice that, even though you’re keeping a good maintenance routine, your pool isn’t looking too healthy, bring your pool chlorinator in for a health check. We can repair almost any make and model of chlorinator and help you transition to a beautiful, sparkling pool in time for the warmer weather.