Getting Your Pool Ready for Winter

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.

The Importance of Shock in a Pool

You may have heard the term “shock” pool bandied about among pool owners. This is actually a very important aspect of pool maintenance. Shocking a swimming pool—also called super chlorination—is actually a very important step in pool management, so it’s important that you understand the when, why, and how of shocking a pool. Most pool owners don’t even think about shocking their pools until they step out and see either algae, cloudy water, or both. However, by shocking the pool, these issues can be avoided.

Why Do You Need to Shock Your Pool?

When people swim in the pool, organics and contaminants are introduced into the water through things like saliva, sweat, skin cells, body lotions, urine, and many other such things. Natural contaminants such as leaves and dirt can also contaminate the water. These substances are a food source for algae and bacteria. Using pool sanitizers (such as chlorine) can kill the bacteria/algae and breakdown contaminants.

Types of Pool Shock

Essentially, there are two different types of pool shock: chlorine and non-chlorine. When using chlorine, the levels of chlorine in the pool raised very high to destroy contaminants. When using this type of pool shock, you have to wait for the chlorine levels to lower to normal levels before you can use the pool. This can take time, and testing is required.

With non-chlorine treatments, potassium monopersulfate is used rather than chlorine. While it is effective at oxidizing contaminants, it will not kill bacteria. The main benefit of this type of pool shock is that you don’t have as long of a wait to use the pool afterwards.

Maintaining your pool’s proper chemical balance can reduce the need to shock your pool. And of course, this is done through regular maintenance and monitoring of chemical levels. However, you may find that even the best monitoring and care can cause issues with your pool. This can happen through heavy use, after a rain or windstorm, or even after a water change.

The professionals at New Image Landscape and Pools understand all the intricacies of caring for your pool and the times when it may be necessary to shock your pool. If you feel your pool needs a shock, or you just want more information about the proper maintenance and care, just give us a call.