When you ask homeowners their idea of a luxury addition to their home, many will include a swimming pool somewhere in their list. Swimming pools at home are a real status symbol. However, they have much more use than simply showing that you have invested a lot of cash into a non-essential fixture. They also have all sorts of practical purposes. They provide an in-home source of exercise and activity. They can keep you cool in the summer. They are a space in which you can simply float about and relax. Regardless of your reasons for having a home pool, there’s one thing for certain: you are going to want to look after it to the best of your ability. Not only will it have cost you a lot financially, but repairs and professional cleaning can be costly and are better avoided. After all, prevention is always better than cure. One of the toughest times for effective pool maintenance is the winter, for obvious reasons. The weather is colder, and you are less likely to use your pool often. This is a time of year where owners may neglect the pool, only to find that it is in disrepair by spring. Here’s what happens when you fail to winterize your swimming and a few pieces of advice to bear in mind.
If you do not winterize your pool, you can face a whole host of unpleasant problems. These can include broken or cracked pipes, broken hoses and damaged walls to say the least. So, you’re going to want to avoid these at all costs. There are four main steps in the process of winterizing your pool: adjusting water quality, cleaning and storing pool equipment, lowering the water level and installing a pool cover. This will help you to protect your pool and its structures effectively.
Why Adjust the Water Quality?
Your pool requires the right water quality parameters to get it through the winter months in good condition. Though this may sound odd (as people aren’t likely to be using the pool), it is still essential. After all, prolonged exposure to poor quality water throughout a whole season is likely to result in damage to your pool. So, test the water and ensure that it has the right pH levels, alkalinity, and calcium hardness. Then ensure that it is clean and stocked with the right amount of sanitation products (including chlorine and commercial algaecide) before progressing with the next steps.
What Type of Pool Cover is Best?
There are numerous different options out there on the market when it comes to pool covers. For the best option for your specific pool, it is usually best to contact a professional, such as Blueterra Pool Construction, who will be able to take the size, shape and depth of your pool into consideration, as well as guaranteeing that what you choose is the best and safest option for your personal needs.
By winterizing your pool you not only physically protect a huge investment in your property, but you ensure that it is fit for use when the weather cheers up a little. Your pool will be good and pretty much ready to go as soon as you need it again!