There are many great things about living in the Phoenix area: wonderful weather, swimming seasons that last far longer than most other places, and, if you own a pool, not a lot of maintenance is necessary to get your pool ready for the “harsh” winter months that lie ahead! There are a few pool maintenance things, however, that will help extend the life of your equipment and keep your pool running crystal clear through the sunny days of winter, anxiously awaiting the day that you will dip your toes into its cool waters once again!
Pool Maintenance You Won’t Need to Do
First on the list is what you DON’T need to do when preparing your pool for the winter season. You won’t have to run the pump nearly as long as you do during the heat of summer, which in turn lowers the effect the pump has on your monthly utility bills! You also won’t need to use as much chemicals as you do in the summer—but be sure to keep an eye on the acidity of your pool; the pH demands tend to rise in colder weather and more acid will be needed.
What to Do When Temperatures Drop
If the pool’s total dissolved solids are in the high range, chances are it’s time to empty and refill; pools should be emptied every other year, and this is the perfect time to do so, as the surface of the pool won’t be damaged when exposed to the cooler weather. If your pool floor is stained, this time of year is when you can acid wash to help the pool return to its former glory. When summer rears its ugly head once more, your backyard oasis will be more than ready to do its job of keeping you cool and happy—even on the hottest days of the year!
Things to Watch for Over the Winter Months
Pools with heaters allow you to extend the swimming season, but when it’s time to turn on those heaters, you need to check a few things in the cabinet of your heater first. Rodents and rabbits love dark and cozy places to raise their young, and a pool heater cabinet can be just like a luxury condo! Colorful wires make soft beds and sharp rodent teeth will chew them easily, so be sure to doublecheck that nothing has moved into your heater! Also, check the top cover of the heater for leaves and other debris and clear off any that is found; a fire can and will start if this step is skipped, and the consequences can be catastrophic.
Give Us a Call Today
We at New Image Landscape and Pools can help keep your pool in tip top shape so it will be ready for you when bikini weather rolls around once again! Call us today for all the help you need with your pool and tips for winter pool maintenance.