You may be wondering if you still have to do anything to maintain your pool during the winter. After all, the temperatures are probably too cold for you to enjoy a good dip in the water. If you plan to still have a pool that you can use when it gets warmer outside, you’d best stay up to date on all of your pool’s maintenance needs during the winter months. If you don’t remember to do anything else to your pool while the snow is on the ground, don’t forget about these four important pool care steps.
1. Add Algaecide
Choose an algaecide that will stay in your pool’s water longer than normal. This will lessen the number of times you’ll need to add it. A good algaecide retards mold and algae growth so you don’t have to worry about having to remove a bunch of green, brown and even black gooey stuff from your pool in the Spring.
2. Keep an Eye on Water Level
It is very important for you to monitor your pool’s water level when it is not in use. If the water level gets too low, there’s chance of damage to the pool structure and its equipment. Feel free to add water as needed to the pool. If you are adding water from a garden hose and removing water from the cover, you must have the hose adding water at the same rate that it’s being removed. However, if the water is frozen, you should contact your local Tennessee pool maintenance company for pool care assistance. You don’t want to compromise your pool safety or function.
3. Inspect the Pool Cover
Try to keep ice from forming on your pool cover. If that’s not possible, do not attempt to break it. Doing so could cause the sharp edges of the ice to puncture the cover. You’ll have to wait until the ice melts. Once it does, allow the water to run off or you could pump it off.
4. Impeller Motor Protection
You may want to turn the impeller motor and shaft for three seconds, at least once a month to help keep buildup from growing on it. Scale and mineral buildup can impede the performance of the impeller and motors making it hard for them to function properly when they are needed.
Depending on the kind of pool you have, there may be more important pool care steps you need to do to protect your pool during the winter. You should contact Hutch Pools for assistance in keeping your pool in good shape.