This winter has been a cold one for the record books and we’re all ready for warmer weather! If you didn’t close your pool this winter, for whatever reason, it’s important to remember your winter pool maintenance! So, here are 5 winter pool maintenance tips just for you:
1. Set Alerts for Freezing Temperature
If the temperature is below freezing, your pump should be running to avoid damage. If your pool isn’t equipped with an automation system that will notify you and turn on the pump during freezing conditions, like the IntelliConnect™ Control and Monitoring System, then you need to immediately set up weather alerts for freezing temperatures or other severe weather conditions.
Weather alerts can be set up on most mobile devices and desktop computers. When an alert is received, you’ll need to go out and start your pump to run for 24 hours. Don’t like that plan? Well, with the IntelliConnect paired with the Link2O™ Technology App you’ll get alerts that freezing temperatures are expected and the freeze protocol will take care of the rest – turning on your pump directly from the app. That beats walking to the pool pad in cold temperatures any day!
2. Winterize Your Water Features
You should always winterize your water features, even if you’re not winterizing your pool. This means you should winterize your deck jets, wall fountains, and cascades or waterfalls because the pump and pipes that feed them are more prone to freezing than the other pipes. If you’re unsure how to winterize your water features, don’t hesitate to call your local pool professional for help. Need a local pool professional? Use our dealer locator to find one near you!
3. Keep All the Valves Open
To help protect your pipes against freezing, keep your water flowing! To keep the water circulating, make sure to keep all the valves are open. This is especially important if you have a pool with a complex plumbing system and/or an attached spa. Also, don’t forget to check ALL lines, including the vacuum lines, cleaner lines and waterfall lines, as well as the skimmers, drains and returns. This will ensure that all the valves on your pool are open.
4. Run the Pool Pump
Running your pool pump isn’t just for freeze protection; it’s also for filtration and circulation. While you can reduce filtration to lower energy consumption during the winter months, it’s important to still run your pump regularly to keep the pipes and other equipment functioning properly. Try using a seasonal time on your pump to automatically reduce run-time during the winter months. However, if your pool gets a lot of debris, you should run the pump longer. Also if the temperature drops below 35 degrees, you should run the pump for 24 hours to prevent freezing.
5. Maintain the Proper Pool Chemistry
You’ll still need to periodically test the water chemistry to make sure your pool has the proper pH, alkalinity, calcium and cyanuric acid levels, even during winter months. Maintaining proper water chemistry can prevent pool surface staining or scaling, and will reduce the amount of work required when you’re ready to start swimming again.