10 Pool Care Tips For The Off Season

swimming poolYour responsibilities as a pool owner do not end once the pool season ends. It is crucial to keep on caring for your swimming pool during the off-season like early spring, fall, and winter to guarantee a clean and successful opening.

Add A Mid-Winter Algaecide

An algaestat or algaecide should be used especially those that stay in the water for a long period. During the last day of your pool operation, add this to the pool water and let the pump run for 24 hours so it can fully circulate. Once that is done, turn the circulation system off for the winter. By keeping all the green stuff at bay for as long as possible, you will be able to start up your pool easier once the pool season begins.

Check Your System To Prevent

As winter draws near, you start planning to close your Myrtle Beach swimming pool. Don’t forget to check your pipes as well as all the parts that are motorized. Remove the water that is in the pump, filter, and pool heater. You should also drain the water at about six inches below the pool skimmer. Once the temperature starts to drop to freezing levels, any extra water in these areas can freeze. When that happens, the pipes could crack, which can lead to higher expenses in the long run. You also must not forget to remove any water that has built up above your pool completely so it won’t freeze. You can use a sump pump to do this.

Keep Your Pool Cover Clean During Winter

You must have a winter cover for your swimming pool. A filthy but covered swimming pool tops a tidy but uncovered pool in all aspects. Having pool covers is the best way to make sure that wildlife and toddlers are kept away from your pool. If possible, ensure that the water level is where it is supposed to be. The pumps should also be running.

Add Chlorine For A Cleaner Opening

Expert pool cleaners like Russell Cooper Pools suggest that you add algaecide and chlorine to your swimming pool for the winter season. Never add too much chlorine because if you do so, you will end up bleaching the liner.

Once the water thaws in the spring season, open a corner of the pool cover and add liquid chlorine to your swimming pool. You can go the DIY route or hire a swimming pool professional to do this for you. Always remember that this is one of the most crucial steps.

Once the swimming pool is opened, vac on waste to get rid of the debris from the bottom of the swimming pool. In case you attempt to vac the sediment from the bottom of the swimming pool have it go through the filter system, you will notice that the sediments that are too fine and they will just go through the filter.

In case you discover that your swimming pool is pea soup green when spring comes, you can add more liquid chlorine to it. Let the filter do its job and closely monitor your pool for progress. You have to be patient, In case you do not see any progress after several hours, you can add more chlorine and algaecide might be required. Your pool may also benefit from more vacuum session.

The Safety Cover Must Fit The Pool Properly

Have a clear and clean water during the spring can make your life a whole lot easier. One important element in getting that is a correctly fitted safety pool cover. In case your pool does not fit, it will invite debris, dirt, as well as small animals into your pool.

Monitor The Weather

In case the fall has been warm and mild, it is recommended that you check your swimming pool and add more algaecide and chlorine before the colder season hits. In case you reside in that area that experiences heavy rains during the fall and you are using mesh cover, most of the winterizing chemicals that you are using can become diluted. Then, well before the big freeze, be sure to charge up the pool chemicals to make sure that the water will make it through to spring startup without the risk of an algae bloom.

Break Down Non-Living Organic Contamination With Enzyme Chemicals

If you need to break down non-living organic contamination that managed to make its way into your swimming pool during the winter season, you can use an enzyme product during the offseason. You can also add it through the mesh cover if the water is not frozen. These contaminations may include pollen, bird droppings, as well as bather contaminants which stayed from your previous pool season.

Above Ground Winter Cover Must Be Free Of Debris

In case sticks, leaves, and other kinds of dirt build up on your pool cover during the winter season, you may wind up with a stew of stagnant water, which can be very inconvenient to get rid of. Plus, some of it might even wind up in the pool.  Making use of an air pillow linked to the cover at the pool’s center not just protects your swimming from ice damage and snow, it likewise spreads debris and water to the sides of the swimming pool, which makes your pool much easier to clean. You should also retain some water on the pool cover as this will help stabilize the cover in the wind but without any debris.

Monitor Your Above Ground Winter Cover All Season

You should check the cover cable periodically to ensure that it is tight. In case it loosens up, the cover might begin slipping into the swimming pool. You should also make sure that the air pillow has an air in it. In case it begins to go flat, secure another one, slip it below the cover, and then blow it up.

Protect The Water and Open Early

It is suggested that you use winterizing product in the pool water that contains biocidal properties to prevent or slow down microorganism growth. The principles that you adhere to in the summer is also applicable to the winter. In case you can keep the ph sanitizer at the correct level at all times, you will find it easier to maintain your swimming pool. The problem in cold settings is that the water cannot circulate, the pool is covered, and the regular sanitizer such as chlorine will degrade and then disappear throughout the long winter. This is the reason why a lot of winterization products have algaecides that are stable and can stay for longer periods in the water. Most algaecides can survive in the winter and stop or even slow down algae growth. A few of these products might even slow down bacterial growth. Additionally, open the pool well before the water becomes too warm. In case you wait until the spring to open up the pool, you will most likely have more algae growing in your swimming pool.

Call Russell Cooper Pools if you need professional help in preparing your pool for the off season.

Russell Cooper Pools
101 Folly Rd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
(843) 293-6757