Swimming pools do not need your attention only during the swimming season! In fact, a swimming pool needs your attention throughout the entire year. Paying it the due attention during the off-season can ensure a clean and clear swimming pool that needs only vacuuming when you open it back for the next spring season. Besides properly covering your pool during the off-season, here are some of the most important things you should be doing:
- Maintain the water quality – the number one important point of off-season pool care is making sure that your water maintains the same pH level. As long as you invest in the correct pool supplies to this end, you can maintain the proper level and disinfect your pool. What you should understand is that the chemicals are largely to prevent the growth of microorganisms, which tends to slow down in the winter season due to the cold. Whilst that does help you, the regular summer chemicals such as chlorine also decompose much more easily due to the cold (and that does not help you!). Therefore, you will need to invest in specialized winterization products, which contain algaecides and tend to work for longer periods of time (around three months).
- Algaecides and pumping water – when you add the algaecides, you must make sure to let the chemicals properly circulate in the pool. Accordingly, add the algaecides to the pool and have the pump work continuously for an entire day – this will ensure the proper circulation of the chemicals. Following this, you can safely turn off the pump for the rest of the off-season.
- Chlorine – whilst chlorine won’t be remaining in your pool throughout the winter, you should definitely not skip it during the off-season care process. Before closing the pool for the winter months, make sure to add a gallon or so of chlorine. Remember to not overdo it or you will end up bleaching your liners! Also, once you open up the pool for spring, start your cleaning routine with another dosage of chlorine – it will help with clearing your water.
- Turn off the pool equipment in Perth – the winter months can be frigid, and if the temperatures hit the freezing levels, there is a good chance that the tubing of the pool pump, heaters, filters and other equipment will crack. The cracking is a result of water that was not removed from the equipment, which is why you should properly turn off all equipment for the off-season, and ensure that no water remains in them.
- Open the pool early on – and finally, remember that you should not wait until the swimming season to open your pool! Cleaning the pool can take a few days, and you do not want to lose precious days of the swimming season. Furthermore, microorganisms can quickly regain their usual growth rate once the water warms up, so it is best to open as early as possible.