16/09/2020Off-Season Pool Maintenance Tips
No pool owner wants to wrap the season up, but unfortunately for many of us, it’s time to prepare for the colder months. But even though the swimming season is coming to an end, there is still plenty of work you can be doing off-season. Here’s the top five.
Add an algaecide
Using an algaecide on the last day of operation is a great way to keep your pool clean of algae in the future. After applying the preventive agent, run your water pump for at least 24 hours to allow it to circulate completely. After, shut it down for the season. By doing this, you have saved yourself the effort when the time comes next startup season.
Periodically check your system to prevent freezing
As colder weather approaches, you should always double-check the pipes and motors throughout the season to ensure nothing has frozen over. You should make sure that the water has been drained at least 4 inches below your skimmer. If there is excess water, it can freeze in the winter, which can lead to cracks in the pipes.
Keep the pool cover clean
You should make sure your pool is properly covered during the fall and winter. The cover may get dirty, but the pool itself won’t. You should whip the cover whenever it’s dirty. This also protects young kids and animals from falling into the empty pool.
Add chlorine to the pool so you have a sanitary opening next season
In addition to algaecide, you should add chlorine to keep the pool clean. In the fall, make sure to add chlorine and algaecide to your pool over the winter. Be cautious about adding the chlorine, because too much can end up bleaching the liner.
Keep an eye on the weather
Sometimes the weather and temperature are unpredictable, and you have warmer weather than you expected. If that’s the case, periodically check the pool and add more algaecide and chlorine just before winter comes.