In the middle of winter, it can be easy to neglect your pool maintenance but a little effort now will make it easy to re-open your pool when the warmer weather finally arrives. Our swimming pool winter maintenance tips will not only prevent any damage to your pool and equipment while you’re not using it but will help ensure that you can dive in as soon as spring arrives.
Stay On Top Of Your Pool Chemistry
If you want to avoid a green, murky swamp when you pull the pool cover off for the first time in spring, your swimming pool winter maintenance regime should include staying on top of your pool water chemistry.
As we’ve covered in our blog post on the key indicators to monitor in your pool chemistry, maintaining good water balance is key to keeping your pool water sparkling. We’d advise you to test your water every 2-3 weeks. Pay close attention to your pH levels: aim to keep it between 7.2 and 7.6 to avoid corrosion which can occur more readily at lower temperatures.
Check your Pool Chlorinator & Pump
Now is the perfect time to give your pool equipment the once over to make sure that it’s all working efficiently. If you noticed that your swimming pool salt chlorinator appeared to be struggling to maintain effective chlorine levels during the summer, now is the time to get it checked.
Your swimming pool winter maintenance schedule should include getting your equipment tested so that you can repair or replace it without any interruption to pool use. A Chlorinator Health Check can help you understand how efficiently your pool chlorinator is working or if it needs repairing or replacing.
Clean Your Pool
It’s always a good idea to give your pool a clean after a heavy season of use. Give the water line tiles a wash using a sponge and a little vinegar. And give the bottom and sides a good brush to remove any scale and bacteria that might break down and help algae to take hold.
You should also include cleaning the filter in your swimming pool winter maintenance routine. Backwash the filter about once a month, clean the skimmer box and check all your pipes and seals for any leakages or wear.
Keep It Covered
Keeping a cover on your pool when it’s not in use makes good sense. 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 builds up to help stop it disintegrating into the water when it rains.
Maintaining a simple swimming pool maintenance routine throughout winter can make a huge difference to the state of your swimming pool when you roll back the covers in the spring.
And remember if you’re having problems with your pool chlorinator Allchlor can repair almost any make and model of chlorinator and help you transition to a beautiful, sparkling pool in time for the warmer weather. Give us a call on 07 3277 2554 to arrange testing or repair.