No matter the season, your pool always requires a great deal of love and care, but this is especially true for the cooler months when you might not be using it as frequently. Whether you intend to close your pool or keep it open over winter, there are some steps that you should take to ensure you maintain a healthy pool – especially if you don’t want a nasty green surprise at the end of the season or start of the next!
Clean your pool
By the end of the summer season, most of us have our pool cleaning routine down to a science, but there’s no better time than now to give your pool a thorough deep-clean:
Step 1 – Start by removing all debris that found their way into your pool using a scoop.
Step 2 – Next, it’s important to give your pool tiles or surfaces a scrub – especially in those hard-to-reach areas that automatic pool cleaners tend to miss. Removing the build-up of scale and bacteria is an essential part of ensuring your pool stays healthy all winter long. We recommend using BioGuard Scale Inhibitor to help with this process. During the process pay particular attention to pool lights or fixtures, as these are usually breeding grounds for harmful bacteria!
Step 3 – Clean your filter! Your filter can’t perform at its peak if you’re not taking care of it first. Using a product like BioGuard’s Filter Brite will help you restore the efficiency of your filter. The more thoroughly you clean now, the easier the maintenance will be for the rest of winter!
Balance the water
Balancing the water is vital for preventing unnecessary bacteria growth in your pool. Make sure you test the chemical levels regularly by taking a sample to a BioGuard Approved Retailer. Corrosion can occur more readily at lower temperatures, so it’s crucial that your pH levels remain between 7.4 and 7.6. Your pool may also require a shock treatment to break down the contaminants that have accumulated over the summer. Using our Burn Out Extreme is one of the most effective ways to shock your pool and restore it to its former glory!
Protect against algae
During winter, your pool is still at risk of algae growth. If left unchecked, this problem could escalate and you’ll end up with the Shrek of all pools – yikes! The most appropriate course of action is to use an algaecide like BioGuard AlgiGuard that prevents wide spectrum algae growth. To aid this process, make sure you keep your filter and pump running for a minimum of 4 hours per day – even if you aren’t using your pool for an extended period of time.
Maintenance is key!
While it’s tempting to start neglecting your pool after you’ve thoroughly cleaned it, it’s not the time to give up! Keep a pool cleaning routine throughout the winter season so you can continue to use your pool, or at the very least to make the transition to the warmer season much more manageable.
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