If proper care is not taken for the pool during the winter, it leads to a hole in the pocket, repair menace and a damaged, dirty pool. The pool needs to be maintained periodically, despite the environmental conditions. The question is how can we maintain the pool during the chilling winter. The maintenance can be ensured in a few quick steps. Please note that these are just a few measures of many that can be taken.
Keep it clean
A dirty pool is your worst nightmare. Clean the pool, periodically. If any debris is present in the water, skimmer, pump basket or the filter, remove it. The debris can settle down at the bottom of the pool, staining the pool floor. Clearing the stain is a herculean task.
Monitor your equipment
Circulation of water is vital for an open pool, especially during the freezing winter. Let the pumps work for a minimum of 4 hours a day, ensuring the smooth operation of the pump, filter and the chlorinator. Make sure that there is no calcium build-up on the chlorination cell. Use a cell cleaner salt if required. Backwash your filter frequently to keep it clean. Remember, always keep your pool equipment ready.
Water quality matters
The quality of water is a major factor in defining the beauty of a pool. For the pool to tops it’s efficiency, the balance of the water is crucial. It’s best advised to test your pool water regularly.
The balance of the pH level of the water needs to be maintained. The ideal pH level for the winter pool is between 7.4 and 7.6. It’s fine to add necessary chemicals to balance the pH level. The ideal winter calcium level for the pool is 175 to 225 ppm, which can be balanced by the usage of necessary chemicals.
Another concern regarding the pool is algae. Thee pool may be prone to algae attack and it’s important to keep algae in check. It’s advised to treat your pool occasionally with chlorine. Addition of phosphate removers eliminates the food source of algae, thus killing it.
During the winter, the temperature may reach the freezing point. A frozen pool can cause damage to the pool walls, pipes and other equipment. The pool water should be prevented from freezing.
When there is a drop in the temperature, it’s advised to keep the pool pump running. It’s advised to have an alert system to notify when the temperature drops. Temperature monitors which can alert you via text messages or email are advised to be installed. Anti-freezing chemicals can be used to prevent freezing.
Cover it up
It’s best to leave the pool covered when not in use. The cover not only protects the pool from debrises, but also helps to reduce evaporation. The pool cover checks the algae growth as it prevents sunlight striking the pool. Pool covers also helps in cutting down the use of chemicals and plays an important role in keeping the pool clean and safe during the winter.
Maintaining the pool during the winter is vital. If the pool is managed carelessly or with zero care, restoring your pool will be a costly affair. No matter the climatic conditions, keep your pool healthy and clean.
Want to know more about making your swimming pool ready for the Winter? Contact a Norsup dealer near you.