It’s winter, so it’s time to cover that pool and not think about it until April, right? WRONG! In fact, your backyard pool area needs attention year round – no matter what season it is. So what should you be doing when? We’ll take you through the seasons and give you some tips! NOTE: This list below assumes you are closing your pool for the winter.
The first signs of warm weather is approaching and soon it will be time to open your pool! Now is a great time to start to trim back the trees, shrubs and other foliage that has grown this winter. You also want to take this opportunity to uncover or remove your patio furniture and start to clean it. Cleaning your deck would also be good at this time, clearing it of dirt and debris so that when it’s time to use it, it will be ready! Be sure to visit your local pool professional and buy all new chemicals for your new pool season. You should have thrown away chemicals that you used from the previous season because their effectiveness could have decreased over time.
Now it is time to open your pool. Before you can, you must remove the water and debris that has accumulated on top of your pool cover. You can vacuum it off or use a pump. Once you have removed the water from the cover, you can remove the cover, clean it and lay it out to dry. You want it to dry completely before you store it in a shed for the summer. You can now before the pool opening process.
Once your pool is open for the summer, you want to be sure to maintain it properly. The first step is to make sure that the chemistry is properly balanced. If you are not sure, take a sample to your local pool retailer for testing. Once your pool is balanced, you will want to be sure to do routine maintenance of cleaning (or use an automatic cleaner), water testing and equipment checks. You will also have to keep your pool area maintained such as cleaning the deck, checking safety features and checking pool water level.
Depending on your location, you can keep your pool open a few weeks into the fall, but you want to pay special attention to keeping falling leaves and other debris out of your pool and out of your skimmer baskets. This is also a good time to decide on anyupdates/remodeling that you plan to implement for next pool season. Though the sun is not evaporating as much water and chemicals from your pool, you still need to keep testing and maintaining the water and it’s level.
As winter approaches and you plan to close the pool, you want to thoroughly check the pH and acidity levels in the pool and make sure they are all in balance. You also want to drain the water from the pump, pool heater and filter. If water freezes in these pipes, they can crack. You also want to drain the water 4-6 inches below the pool skimmer. Brush the sides and after you have followed a complete pool closing process, you can then apply the cover. Winter is also a good time to clean out the shed and discard all of the pool chemicals you used that season. You never want to save chemicals for the following year.
If you decide to keep your pool open year-round, you should maintain it as usual, with occasional brushing or using an automatic cleaner, and keeping the chemistry balanced. Because bather load is less during winter months, you can use your pool pump less, only setting it to circulate a few hours a day.
Again, swimming pools are not just a summer task, and proper year-round attention will keep your pool at it’s best!