Cold Weather Pool Maintenance is Important… Here’s Why
Pool maintenance is still important in winter
The weather is getting colder… that means you can forget about maintaining the pool until next summer, right?
But if you’re not using your pool, why do you need to worry about it?
A neglected pool is a prime breeding ground for harmful bacteria that could lead to outbreaks of illness. Possible complications include respiratory problems as well as gastro, skin, ear or eye infections! Your pool might look clean and clear right now, but after a few months of little or no monitoring, most likely… it won’t be. You may think that because the pool is not being used as much in cold weather, it doesn’t need as much cleaning. But unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for harmful bacteria and germs to grow.
Still not sure on why cold weather pool maintenance is important? Take a look at what the CDC says on the importance of regular pool cleaning:
“The best way to kill germs is by properly maintaining the free chlorine concentration and pH. To do this, pool and hot tub/spa owners must routinely test and adjust both the free chlorine concentration and pH… Combining good chlorine and pH control and encouraging swimmers to follow the healthy swimming steps will help prevent the spread of germs that cause recreational water illnesses.”
It hurts your wallet, too
If you decide to not test your pool, it can cost you considerably, both with your health and your wallet! After winter, once the weather starts to warm up, the results of your neglect can really add up. You can find yourself shelling out for extra chemicals and replacement parts for neglected filter and pump systems, or having to fix a pool that has turned green. The good news is that you can avoid all this by simply keeping up a regular pool maintenance schedule throughout the winter season.
How to Maintain your Pool in the Winter
Reduce pool pump operation time to up to 6 hours and switch timer onto an off-peak tariff.
Install a pool cover to reduce evaporation, chemical usage and protect your pool from fallen leaves.
Ensure chlorine levels and pH levels are in a healthy range through regular water testing and maintenance. This will make life easier when spring arrives.