1. Add a Winter Algaecide to Your Above Ground Pool
Use an algaecide or algaestat (preventative) and mostly one that stays in the water for a length of time.
On the day before you close your pool, add this to the water and run the pump for 24 hours so it can fully circulate. Then shut down the circulation system and close your pool for the winter. We have a product called PoolLife Algaecide 90 that works in preventing algae for 90 days, which is a big chunk of the offseason. Also, a popular product is our Phosphate Remover. This technology is designed specifically to work in cold water, and the enzymes will control the non-living organic matter from growing in your pool. By keeping the green stuff away as long as possible, pool start up is so much easier.
2. 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. This can cost serious money in the long run.
Another option is to drain the water 4-6 inches below the pool skimmer. If you do not drain the pool, a product called a Gizmo is used in the skimmer basket to prevent cracking in your 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. Cut the trees first to avoid puncturing holes in 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.
Once you have removed the water from the cover, you can remove the cover, clean it and lay it out to dry. You want it to dry completely. Then store the cover in a place that will stay clean and dry during the summer months.
3. Keep Your Pool Cover Clean All Winter Long
Backyard inground pool owners absolutely should have a safety cover for their pool. A dirty but safely-covered pool beats a sparkling clean, but uncovered pool anytime. There simply is no better insurance for keeping toddlers and wildlife out of the pool in the winter.
One of the best ways to clean the safety cover is just hosed it off regularly to remove the leaves, twigs and any other debris.
If you’re in a location where keeping water in the lines simply isn’t an option, call us to schedule a pool closing for you. Here is a quick link to our Pool Closing page.