Pool Care Tips
Taking care of your pool doesn’t end when you put the cover on. It’s important to continue caring for your pool during the off-season (fall, winter, and early spring) to ensure a successful and clean opening.
Add a Mid-Winter Algaecide
Use an algaecide or algaestat (preventative) and particularly one that stays in the water for a length of time.
On the last day of operation, add this to the water and run the pump for 24 hours to fully circulate. Then shut down the circulation system for the winter.
Check Your System to Prevent Freezing
As winter approaches and you plan to close the pool, remember to check your pipes and motorized parts. Drain the water from the pump, pool heater and filter.
As the temperatures begin to freeze, any excess water in these parts can freeze. If water freezes in these pipes, they can crack. Which can cost serious money in the long run.
You also want to drain the water 4-6 inches below the pool skimmer. 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.
Spring is a great time to start to trim back the trees, shrubs and other foliage that has grown this winter. Trim the trees first to avoid puncturing holes into your winter cover.
Remember you must completely remove any water and debris that has accumulated on top of your pool cover. You can vacuum it off with a shop vac or use a sump pump.
Keep Your Pool Cover Clean All Winter Long
Backyard pool owners absolutely should have a loop-lock type cover for their pool. A dirty but safely covered pool beats a sparkling clean but uncovered pool any time. There simply is no better insurance for keeping toddlers and wildlife out of the pool.
If possible, keep the water level where it is supposed to be and the pumps running.
Add Chlorine to Your Pool to Ensure a Clean Opening
We recommend a few things if you have a safety cover on your pool, in Michigan or the Midwest:
- In the fall, make sure to add chlorine and algaecide to your pool for over the winter. Don’t add too much chlorine though, if the chlorine level is too high over the winter, you can bleach the liner)
- As soon as the water thaws in the spring, pop open a corner of the cover and add liquid chlorine to the pool (1-2 gal. for an average in-ground pool). You can do this yourself, or hire your service professional to do this for you.
- When your pool is opened, vac on waste to help remove the debris from the bottom of the pool. If you try to vac the sediment from the bottom of the pool and run it through the filter system, you may find that the sediment is so fine that it goes right through your filter.
- If you do find that your pool is what we commonly refer to as pea soup green in the spring, add bunches of liquid chlorine, allow your filter to do it’s work, and monitor the progress. Some customers call asking why the pool isn’t clear an hour after our service crew has been there. Turning a pool from pea soup to clear isn’t magic, and sometimes there is a time delay in progress. Be patient, and let us know if you don’t see progress in several hours. Repeated doses of chlorine and algaecide may be in order, and your pool may benefit from an extra vacuum session.