While we’ve certainly been lucky to have had as warm a summer as we’ve had it’s coming to that time of year where we begin to wrap up the ‘fun season’ with our pools and head into the off-season.
In the offseason, there’s a lot to consider, and that’s what we’re here to do today. Here are some tips you can use to take care of your pool in the offseason.
Always check your system to prevent freezing
As winter inches towards us and you plan to close your pool – be sure to do a routine walkthrough of your system. Check the motorized parts, inspect your pipes and as always – be sure to drain any water from the pump, pool heater and filter.
All of these parts can freeze when it gets colder and even worse – can cost a pretty penny to fix – so be sure to make sure this is done.
Clean up and brush up.
Fall is the time for cleaning up and while dealing with the leaves and detritus can be irritating, it’s a great time to just get most of your heavy lifting done all at once, leaves included.
It should also involve switching out your pool’s chemicals. You simply shouldn’t allow the chemicals in a pool sit through a winter to be used next year. Additionally, if you have pesky tree branches/shrubs and the like – now’s a good time to prune them back away from your pool. That way, not only will you avoid a lot of the leaf accumulation you experienced this year in the future; but you’ll also avoid risking your cover getting punctured in the winter if something catastrophic were to happen to the tree, itself.
Add a Mid-Winter Algaecide
On the last day you use the pool, be sure to add this sucker to your pump and let it run for a full day. Then shut your system down. This will prevent the development of gross algae and other fungi over the course of the winter, therefore giving you the best possible chance at having a squeaky clean pool opening in the Spring.
If you have any questions or want us to give you tools on the best, smoothest ways to close down your pool in the fall, simply give us a call!