Maintaining Your Swimming Pool Through the Winter

by Pool Builders on 02-12-2009 in Articles

During the typical winter months most of you will notice that your pool water tends to stay clear with very little help. Generally the green algae will never appear and I hardly ever see a pool turn green. Any algae growth that does occur is extremely slow.

If you do find your pool turning green the most effective way to get rid of any unwanted algae is the occasional dose of chlorine and making sure you switch you pool pump on at least once a week. You will also need to vacuum your pool around once every three to four week; there is no need to vacuum the pool any more than that. At the end of the day it is completely up to the person who owns the pool

After all of the freak snowfall, rainfall and freezing ice, your swimming pool can very easily start costing you a lot and lot of your hard earned money if you don't keep an eye on it and stay on top of things. The biggest problem that happens to home pools at times like this is cracking pipes and algae.

I have already covered the annoying algae problem so I'm now going to explain what to do about the cracked pipes. With all of the standing water / melting snow around your pool is bound to fill up a bit. If it fills back to the skimmer level the water will get back into your pipes. The water is then likely to freeze in these temperatures. This can cause your pipe work to bust. This can very expensive to replace.

The second point is that the water running into your swimming pool will probably upset your chemicals so please ensure you check the chlorine / bromine levels and perhaps top up with some more algaecide.

Now that summer is just around the corner and it's time everybody is starting to thinking about your pool again! Here is something that you all might want to have checked out this year is your phosphate level in your pool. Last year was an extremely bad year for phosphate and you will to be advised on how to prevent high levels in your pool this year! Phosphate in your water is food for the algae to feed off of, which in turn can cause algae in your pool. There are products that will help to lower the phosphate level in your pool if it is high and it is best to start treating it when you first open your pool.

If your pool if your pool heater is not working, Try checking if your pool safety feature is engaged, this could be causing your pool to stay cool and parts of your equipment to stop working properly. If you aren't sure where to look then ask a pool care professional to take a look.

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