During the winter, many families prefer to stay indoors and spend the cold months by the fire. As such, the outdoor pool won’t see much use, if at all.
As a responsible homeowner, however, you should not just throw a cover over it and call it a day. If the harsh winter elements can damage other parts of your house considerably, then they can damage your pool too. Guardian Pools, an industry leader in plunge pool design and installation in Western Australia, recommends taking measures to keep your pool clean and safe during the winter.
Here are six ways you can do this:
Clean the Pool Regularly
Algae is a common winter pool problem. Although they thrive better during the warm season, they can still survive and grow in the cold weather, albeit at a slower rate.
So, we recommend cleaning the pool regularly to prevent algal blooms. Brush the walls and floor every couple of weeks. Clean the skimmer, the filter and the pump’s lint basket so all the filtration system works properly.
Invest in a Quality Pool Cover
A high-quality cover is your pool’s best protection. It keeps leaves and other organic materials (algae food) from spreading in the water. Moreover, a cover minimises the evaporation of chemicals like chlorine, which keeps your pool water sanitised. In fact, even a minor drop in the chlorine level makes the water more conducive to algal blooms.
Keep the pool cover clean and free of debris. If snow and leaves accumulate, they can melt into sludge and become a food source for algae. A clean pool cover is easier to open, too.
Balanced Pool Water
Rainwater, melted snow and vegetation can enter the pool and upset the water balance. So, check if the pool’s pH level still sits between 7.2 and 7.6 every 2-3 weeks. An ideal pH level makes the pool safe for swimmers, prevents the corrosion of pool equipment and keeps germs and bacteria growth at bay.
Additionally, keep your pool’s free chlorine level between 2-3 parts per million (PPM) throughout the winter. Any higher and swimmers might experience red eyes and itchy skin.
Shock the Pool
Shocking the pool kills the bacteria, breaks down contaminants and prevents algal blooms. If the water temperature is between 10ᵒC and 20ᵒC, conduct a chlorine shock treatment every three or so weeks. Run the filter for three to four hours after the treatment to disperse the chemicals evenly throughout the pool.
Set the Equipment
During the winter, the pool’s filter ideally needs to run for three to four hours daily. This prohibits algal blooms from forming as they grow faster in stagnant water. Set the solar heating system, too. If you do not have an automatic controller, manually switch it to Winter Mode.
Stick to your Maintenance Schedule
It’s not enough to clean your pool and set the equipment once, though; you need to keep to a strict maintenance schedule, too. This helps you spot problems early on, avoid paying any hefty repair bills and keeps your pool ready for the swim season.
So, check the pool equipment for malfunctions, monitor the pH and chlorine levels and clean the pool and the cover regularly.
Should you require any further information don’t hesitate in contacting Guardian Pools today.