Today is the first day of winter, so if you haven’t already done so, now is the time to start transitioning from swimming in the pool to having cozy hangouts near the fireplace. Even though activities are starting to move inside, don’t forget about your pool and the maintenance it might need during the months you’re not utilizing it. Here are a few tips to keep your pool looking, and operating, at its best this winter!
Chemicals are an important part in maintaining your pool throughout the winter season. Even though you probably aren’t swimming very often during the winter, it is still a good idea to keep your pool water chemically stable in order to try to prevent having to clean a dirty pool. With all the leaves and weather from winter storms, there are more opportunities for germs and bacteria to enter your pool, which is just an added reason to ensure your keeping up with your pool chemicals all winter long.
Keep an eye on your pool even if you aren’t spending as much time outdoors this winter. Just as part of good pool maintenance, check the water levels in your pool at least once a month. When doing this, make sure there isn’t any debris in your pool like fallen leaves or twigs. If you have a little time, make sure to clean these things out of your pool regularly. In addition, you should always strive to keep your pool water level at least halfway up your skimmer to ensure there is enough water to protect the pump and to keep it primed.
Living in Southeast Texas, we know as well as anyone that the weather changes every single day. With this in mind, make sure to keep an eye on the weather to see if you need to reduce or increase the amount of chemicals in your pool, which will depend on what type of storms are headed your way. For example, if there is an unexpected storm that causes a lot of rainfall, the rain may dilute the water in your pool, so you’ll want to make sure to add some more chemicals to balance it back out!
While not everyone opts for covering their pool, if you do, after you tightly cover your pool with the cover, remember to keep it dry and clean. Water can pool up on top of the cover and if you leave it, the stagnant water will run down into the pool when you uncover it. To stop this from happening, periodically, remove any dirt, leaves, branches, or debris that may have fallen on top of your cover, in addition to the water. Doing this will make sure all your pool cleaning efforts don’t go to waste when you open your pool for the summer!
If your pool is covered for the winter, open your pool earlier, rather than later. The longer your pool is closed, the higher the chance you have for algae and bacteria to grow. Don’t wait for the weather to get warm before you uncover your swimming pool. It’s a good idea to start prepping for the summer months even while the weather is still a little cold in minimize any extra cleaning work later on.
At Crocodile Pools, we love helping our clients keep their pools clean all year round. If you’re ready to take the next step in hiring a professional to help you care for your pool, contact us today! You’ve got nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain, including a beautiful pool all year round! Check out our SERVICES and CONTACT US for a FREE consultation to ensure your in-ground pool stays safe and clean. Make sure to follow us on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and YOUTUBE for helpful pool tips, tricks, and deals throughout the season!