There are a lot of ways to protect your pool and yourself during the off-season of fall and winter. Summer is the perfect season to get the most out of your pool, and winter is the time for maintenance so you can continue to enjoy it year after year. Here are a few tips to help you care for your pool in the off-season as best as possible.
Make sure your indoor or outdoor pool is covered for winter and fall! This helps keep the area safe but will also help you in the long run. Covering the pool can help you shield the water from excessive amounts of falling debris, like leaves and sticks.
Remember to check on the cover periodically to make sure that it’s secure and working properly. Early fall is a great time to get it out and check for any tears or compromises. Doing so early in the season will help give you peace of mind all winter long.
You’ll want to make sure to keep an eye on your water level during the winter, especially if you live in a cold climate. There should be less water in your pool, to accommodate the cover. So you’ll want to keep an eye on it in case of freezing temperatures. If the water freezes and you have extra water in your pump and other parts of your pool system, you might be in trouble. Water expands as it freezes and can wreak havoc on your system.
If you can’t cover your pool you’ll definitely want to keep up a skimming schedule to remove any surface items from your pool. Even though it’s the off-season you can still clean your pool if needed. This might include skimming, emptying filter baskets, vacuuming the pool floor and more.
In order to avoid problems with your motor parts and other pump pieces, drain the excess water out of your pool if possible. Especially make sure to empty the pump if the weather reports look like they’re calling for freezing temperatures. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to replacing your pool pump, as some of those investments can really add up.
Another helpful tidbit is to not forget that you still need to maintain the pH balance of your pool and keep it clean. You might use chlorine tablets or other chemicals to help. Certain products on the market can stave off algae and other growths as the temperatures start to heat up in the spring.
As previously mentioned, keeping an eye on the weather is paramount to good off-season pool maintenance. Make sure you monitor for freezing temperatures but also for rain. Drain off any excess rainwater to keep your pool at a perfect off-season level.
If you pull that cover off of your pool in the spring and feel like you need a refresh, we would love to help! Make your pool sparkle with a new tile mosaic. If you’re the type that likes to plan things out, fall and winter are the perfect time to start dreaming of your pool tile mosaics to install in the spring! Give us a call or reach out today for a quote. We’re looking forward to making the pool of your dreams a reality.
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