Winter Pool Maintenance: The Right Way

Whether you’re in a blanket of snow or sitting pretty in suntan city, winter pool maintenance is important no matter your weather conditions. Taking care of your pool now can save you money once it’s time to open your pool again in the spring, not to mention preventing any damage from happening due to freezing temperatures or contaminated water. Maintain your investments by protecting your swimming pool from winter damage.

Pool Covers

In colder areas, many of you closed your pools months ago to protect your pool from the harsh conditions. Adding a pool cover is a necessity to protect your pool from snow, debris and any animals, so it’s important all pool owners understand how to maintain them.

  • First, ensure that your winter pool cover is securely attached to your pool. That can mean for an above ground pool inflating the air pillow, tightening the cable, or securing cover clips. For an inground pool you need to make sure the water blocks or bags are secured and all your safety components are in place.

  • Remove debris and water off your pool cover. Use a hose to remove plant debris, such as leaves and twigs, and a vacuum to remove any excess water.

  • Use a roof rake to pull the snow off your pool cover. The excess weight can cause damage, especially when dealing with above ground pools. It’s easiest to remove the snow when it’s still fresh, but always make sure to take the proper safety precautions when dealing with snow and ice.

Pool Parts

Pool parts may be tucked out of sight and forgotten about when you’re not concerned with using your pool. No matter your geographical location, pool parts need periodic maintenance to keep them running as good as new.

  • Check your pool pump, filter and heater periodically to ensure everything is working properly. If these parts are not properly maintained, this can cost you a pretty penny down the road.

  • While checking your pool parts, ensure all excess water has been removed. Freezing water can cause your pipes to crack creating a much larger problem.

  • When in doubt, contact your local pool professional for help in maintaining your pool during the winter.

Winter Pool Chemistry

Most of us do not completely drain our pool for winter, so chemically balanced water is key to a clean swimming pool. Balanced water will prevent algae, bacteria, waterlines, and decontamination making the opening process much easier for pool owners.

  • Check your pool chemistry every two months when not in use. Improperly balanced pool chemistry can be the cause of algae and bacteria growth.

  • Discard all pool chemicals from the previous season. You don’t want to save the chemicals for the following year as they lose their potency.

  • Use an enzyme product to help break down non-living contamination and prevent a waterline ring from forming. Adding this product will save you from having to scrub your pool tile or finish when opening your pool in the spring.

  • If you live in a warmer climate where your swimming pool is left uncovered during the winter, it is still important to maintain your pool. Remember, this is the water you will be swimming in during the warmer months. Keep your pool clean and decontaminated to avoid any potential health risks.

Winter Freeze Alerts

When the temperatures get warmer and the ice starts to melt, the last thing you want to see is a cracked pipe or a leak in your pool liner. If you live in an area that requires pool preparation for freezing temperatures, knowing when it’s time to get your pool ready can save you from any potential damage.

  • Consider a digital timer with a temperature sensor to notify you of dangerous temperatures.

  • To know when the next freeze will be, set weather app alerts to your phone. This will give you quick access to your local weather forecast and allow for you to make arrangements to ensure your pool is ready for the icy days ahead.

Taking the initiative to maintain your pool during the winter months will save you time and money come spring. If you have any questions or simply want to leave it to the pros, contact your local pool specialist. Have any other winter maintenance tips for pool owners? Share them on the comments below!