During winter, depending on where you live in the world, temperatures may be lower than usual. Therefore, as a pool owner, you might be at crossroads on what to do with the water in your pool. You may opt to drain the pool water, especially if it is your first time owning a pool.
But draining the water is not always a good choice because it becomes costly when you need to refill it. You will also need to repair your pool floor because there will be no water covering the floor. There are very many skillful ways you can use to maintain your pool during winter and they include the following;
1. Use of Pool Covers
Covering your swimming pool will help prevent many accidents like falling and drowning and protecting the pool from dirt. It is important too to clean the covers as they may be carrying germs. Attach the pool cover tightly during the winter and fall season to prevent them from falling off. Your pool is likely to remain closed for almost the entire winter season, so investing in pool covers is a go.
2. Work on Keeping Your Pool Debris Free
It can be achieved using algaecides, which will quickly kill the algae in the pool. Ensure that you do this frequently to have proper maintenance. Make sure that your pool has a way to filter water and that it is working properly. Since the pool is in the open air, expect leaves and small twigs to fall in the water. You need to have cleaning equipment that will help you maintain tidiness in the pool during winter. You can purchase a scoop net for clearing out leaves and twigs and algae brush to clean off debris. After ensuring that the pool is clean to satisfaction, you can now cover it.
3. Water Treatment
A pool is not a bathtub; to be in good shape, as a pool owner, you have to invest in chemicals that will help clean the pool. As you already have an algaecide, you need chlorine, which kills any germs present. That is why scooping dirt and using sucking up dirt alone is not enough. Chlorine kills germs, such as preventing diarrhea, and bacteria such as salmonella, which causes typhoid.
4. Check Water Chemistry
Swimming pool water pH usually ranges from 7.2 but during winter, it usually changes. As a pool owner, you will need to adjust the pH to 7.8. In the winter season, since the water is stagnant most of the time, the PH value will naturally lower itself.
5. Maintain the pH Value
Failure to maintain the pH value, the calcium hardness of water may damage most of the pool equipment and the swimming pool floor. Another importance of checking the water chemistry is that the correct pH value level will enable chlorine to work effectively.
To sum it up, maintaining your pool should be important whether in winter or not. But during winter, the maintenance and care the pool receives are quite different during seasons like spring. Following the proper ways will help you manage the swimming pool in winter easily without any strain.