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5 Swimming Pool Maintenance Tips for Winter November 16, 2018

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5 Swimming Pool Maintenance Tips for Winter, 10, Illinois

Your swimming pool may be the last thing on your mind when the cold weather hits. But, taking the time to perform some preventive maintenance will ensure your pool is in top condition when summer rolls around. If you’re new to owning a pool, take a moment to explore these practical swimming pool maintenance tips to sail through the off-season successfully.

5 Simple Swimming Pool Maintenance Steps for Winter

1. Check for Remaining Water

You probably already drained all the water from the pool pump and heater after your last swim for the season. Still, it’s a good idea to double check that there’s no water left in the pipes and motorized parts before freezing weather approaches. When water freezes, it expands and can damage your pipes and pool parts that can be costly to repair.

2. Use Chlorine

swimming pool maintenanceAdding chlorine just before a major freeze can prohibit bacteria growth. Just be cautious about how much you’re adding, as excess amounts can damage pool linings. Follow the package’s directions, or use the general rule of thumb, pouring two pounds for every 10,000 gallons.

3. Secure Your Pool Cover

A sturdy pool cover is your best line of defense for keeping your pool protected this winter. Make sure it’s secured with water bags or blocks to prevent debris from falling in. Check on it regularly, and especially after storms, to make sure it hasn’t come loose.

4. Add an Algaecide

Adding an algaecide formulated for winter will prevent the development of algae in your pool while it’s not in use. While it’s a good practice to pour your algaecide and allow the pump to run for 24 hours on the last day you use the pool, you can also use more algaecide later in the season if the fall has been particularly mild.

5. Clear Away Debris

Should you notice any debris on your pool cover, clear it away promptly. This includes snow, which can put immense weight on your pool if left uncleared. Heavy snow can also stretch out your pool cover. Remove light snow using a leaf blower, or a long-handled broom for heavier snowfall.

 

Swimming pool maintenance can be challenging, especially for new pool owners. If you live in the Columbia, IL, area and are seeking a swimming pool contractor who will keep your pool in optimal condition year-round, don’t hesitate to contact Destination Pools. This full-service pool and spa contractor specializes in repairs, regular maintenance, and installation services. View their current specials on their website or call (618) 281-7776 to speak with one of their team members.

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