Winter pool care doesn't end by just putting the cover on it. Care must continue throughout the off-season to assure that when the pool is open in the late spring that everything comes together as it should. In this installment on in-ground gunite pool care we will share the top tips in off-season pool care.
Add an algae preventative to the pool water that will function throughout the winter. It is best to add the algaecide to the pool on the last day that the pool is being used for the season. After the preventative is added to the water you should run the pools pump and filter for twenty four hours to allow for the chemical to fully circulate. The goal in the end is to keep algae at bay during the off season.
As pool owners close their pools it is crucial to drain all of the water from the pump, heater and filter. The pipes and motorized mechanical systems of the gunite swimming pool are crucial to the operation of the pool. If water freezes within the pipes they are apt to break. This can be super costly and time consuming for the pool owner.
In order to keep your pool clean during the off season it is best that homeowners keep their pools covered. Not only will a pool cover keep out the dirt and debris that comes from leaves, snow and other off-season debris; it will also keep children and toddlers from entering the pool.
To make sure that your pool is ready for opening day in the spring it is important to add chlorine to the pools water. Chlorine should be added in the fall and when the water thaws in the spring. Don't add to much chlorine though as it can and will eat at the pools plaster if not kept balanced.
The responsibility of owning a pool doesn't end when you stop swimming in it for the season. Life will be easier for you when you re-open the pool in late spring if when the pool is closed that you keep the cover protecting the pool clean. Sticks, leaves, stones and such can easily accumulate on the pool cover if allowed. It is important that pool owners take some time throughout the off season to remove the accumulated build up of debris in order to protect the pool surface.
It is important to keep up on preventative maintenance, as a pool owner, even when the pool is shut down for the season. Keeping the pool in top shape is a lot less time consuming and costly if preventative maintenance is kept up on year round.
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