The joys of summer: pools and convertibles. However, with a heavy heart, she has to cover up for the winter. Likewise, you should bundle up your pool during the chilly months. We know it’s a sad day. We won’t judge if you cry a little.
So what winter maintenance does your pool need, if any?
While you may not be as intense about pool care after you winterise, we recommend you maintain these areas:
- The pool cover
- The water level
- The water chemistry
Should I do maintenance in the winter?
Some people like to hand-hold their pool during the off-season. Others like to let it do its own thing.
Whether you tend to be more autocratic or laissez-faire about your pretty, pretty pool, you should keep these maintenance tips in mind.
Maintain your pool cover
Obviously we’re assuming here that you have a pool cover.
You know the one day in winter when the temperature jumps up thirty degrees, and you finally feel alive again? It’s amazing. But not for your pool.
Algae flourishes in the warmth and the dark. If the temperature rises, open your pool cover.
Maintain your pool’s water level
Experiencing precipitation? Worry not. You already blew out and plugged the plumbing lines when you winterised the pool. The water can’t get in the pump/filter system.
What if the water level rises?
A few inches of extra water won’t hurt anything. However, if you’re truly concerned, now is not the time to take matters into your own hands.
Never drain your own pool without professional help. You could damage it and even void your warranty. Get a professional opinion, and have them do it if they agree it’s necessary.
Maintain your pool’s water chemistry
Your pool chemistry should remain in the ideal range as much as you can manage.
To give yourself a head start in the spring, you can test your water weekly in the winter.
If there’s no circulation in the water, you probably won’t need to add any chlorine. It can wait til spring when you turn your pool back on.