In one word, YES.
Just because you’re not swimming in it, doesn’t mean it’s not getting dirty.
Honestly, in the winter months you might find your pool is EVEN DIRTIER and more susceptible to algae and bacteria growth.
Why? Well, because we just have a harder time convincing ourselves to brave the cold to provide much needed maintenance. Plus, in the fall and winter months are when many pools see falling leaves, winter storms, and stagnate water, all recipes for disaster.
Avert a battle in the coming spring with some efforts NOW.
Test your water.
- The correct range for alkalinity is 70 – 140 ppm depending on the type of pool (i.e gunite, fiberglass, etc.)
- Your pH should be as close to 7.4 as possible
- Chlorine between 1 and 3 ppm will keep the water sanitized.
- Calcium hardness between 200 and 400 ppm is appropriate
Rebalance the water – check in with your pool professional on what chemicals to use and the best strategy. IT MATTERS.
Remove all that debris.
If your pool is not covered during the winter months, chances are (99.9%) that you have leaves and gunk flying into the pool. You really don’t want to let this sit – you also don’t want to hand skim this out. Waiting for the pool pump to get the debris is super inefficient, not to mention costly. Wouldn’t you rather be spending money on gifts and memories than electric bills? Consider an investment then in an automated surface skimmer (we’re clearly partial to the Solar-Breeze NX) as a robot like this will get rid of the debris, a prime food source for algae.
Get your pool looking pretty – it can be a great entertaining source, especially during the winter months. Bundle up with your friends poolside, listen to the relaxing sound of lapping water coupled with the crackling and warmth of a fire pit. Make some new holiday traditions (and prevent headaches for next year.)