If you’re like most pool owners, you’re eager to get your pool open as soon as possible when the weather gets warm. It’s certainly disheartening when you take that winter cover off of the pool to discover murky, cloudy, and discolored water. If you want clear pool water that will take minimal effort to prepare for swimming next spring, pay attention to the following helpful tips.
Always Make Sure to Chemically Balance & Clean Your Pool for the Winter
This tip should go without saying, but plenty of pool owners fail to take this most basic winterizing step. Believe it or not, some pool owners stop cleaning, balancing, and vacuuming their pools altogether when they get ready to close them for the year. This is a big mistake! Even if you call in a professional pool company, if it’s too late in the year and you’ve let your pool become an algae-filled mess, there may not be much they can do to clear it up. It will have to just stay green and gross until springtime. Yuck! Don’t let this nightmare scenario become a reality for you.
Get rid of all the leaves and debris from your pool water. Make sure it’s as crystal clear as possible. Balance the chemicals and vacuum the interior out carefully. Run the filter non-stop, day and night, for the last week you have the pool open. If you want a higher chance of having clear water in the spring, you want your pool to be sparkling clean before you close it for the winter.
Keep Your Type of Pool Cover in Mind When You Close the Pool
A quality pool cover can make a big difference when it comes to keeping your pool water clean and clear over the winter. One thing you should consider when closing your pool is the type of pool cover you have. When it comes to closing for the winter, pools with isolation covers require different preparation than pools with debris covers.
Debris vs. Isolation Covers
The two main types of pool covers are debris covers and isolation covers. Debris covers are made to prevent debris from getting into the pool. They don’t, however, block melted snow, sleet, or rain from getting through and adding water to the pool. Isolation covers, on the other hand, are created to block debris as well as precipitation from entering the pool. If you want to find clean, clear water in the spring when you open your pool back up, you should invest in an isolation cover. All the extra water that gets into your pool with a debris cover will make it much more likely for you to later find contaminants in the pool. The extra water can also potentially alter your pool’s chemical balance, allowing algae to flourish.
In our next article in this series, we’ll look at the most effective ways to prepare your pool for winter with several popular different pool cover designs. Then we’ll turn our attention to some other important pool closing tips.
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