As we put away the last inflatable raft and beach towel, it’s time to think about pool maintenance for the off-season. While it is true that lower temperatures and lack of occupants help keep the water cleaner, a winter pool still requires some attention and a mindful eye. It’s easy to become distracted and forget about it when you aren’t using it all the time.
The winter months are also the time to have any necessary repairs performed, especially if you’ve been putting them off. Not only can damaged pool components cost you money, for example, if the pool has a leak, but they can also prevent necessary maintenance, for example, if the pump isn’t working correctly.
Watch your hardware
Your filter, pump, and other hardware components such as a heater need to be checked during the offseason to make sure they’re working. Clean the pump basket and the skimmer as often as your ‘debris level’ requires. Run the pump for about 4-8 hours per day, depending on the size of your pool. If you watch the water level, even if you have an auto-fill device, you’ll know immediately if the device isn’t functioning correctly.
Run your pool cleaner and sweep or vacuum your pool at least once per month. These steps will keep the pool clean and also give you a chance to look things over.
Continue to test your pool at least once a month during the winter. You’d be surprised the number of pool owners who neglect this critical step, only to discover later the bacteria and algae got ahead of them. A good, long lasting algaecide can also be helpful, especially if we have a warm winter or if you have a heater. Some people add an enzyme to the water to break down the non-living organic components, which can save the hassle of having a ring form around the pool at the waterline.
The end of the season is also a good time to remove any old chemicals and replace damaged equipment.
To cover or not to cover?
Everyone has their own ideas about whether or not to cover their pool. There are pros and cons to covering it, as well as a wide variety of cover types.
A well fitting-cover and an air pillow will prevent debris from sinking to the middle if you do decide to cover the pool. Check the surface of the water now and then even if you have a cover.
Some pool owners use a pool service in the winter months because having a pro at their disposal means they don’t have to maintain it themselves during the months they aren’t using it. A pool service offers access to maintenance expertise, a repair professional and state-of-the-art industry upgrades at a relatively inexpensive price compared to other home services. It makes sense for individuals who are busy, travel frequently, or want a clean pool without the hassle.
If you need pool maintenance for your Phoenix, Arizona pool or spa, call us here at Serenity Pools. Our services include new installation set-up, professional maintenance of pools and spas, water features, and fountains. Call today! 480-370-0579