8 Maintenance Tips for the Off Season

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In this article, we are going to talk about some maintenance tips for taking care of a pool during its offseason; this will ensure you have a clear and easy opening next spring.

  1. Before officially opening the pool, use a Poly-Quat Algaecide. Lift the pool cover and pour it in once the pool gets warm. This will prevent any algae growth.
  2. Constantly check your filter system for any water build up. Any water trapped inside can freeze, expand and crack the plastic. If you see any water, make sure to get rid of it!
  3. Keep the top of the pool cover clean and free of debris. This may seem like an obvious one, but this will ensure an easy transition as you take it off when the time comes.
  4. Add a little bit of chlorine around the same time you add the algaecide, this will also help prevent any algae from growing.
  5. Check the pool cover to make sure it’s properly fitted.
  6. Pay attention to the weather, if it’s going to rain or snow, the cover is going to collect water, make sure to have a winter cover pump to pump it off. If it’s warmer, you’re going to want to add the algaecide and chlorine as mentioned earlier to prevent algae build up.
  7. Check the water level in the pool. If it’s too low, the pool cover will sag, if it’s too full remove some of the water using a winter cover pump or a sump pump to drain excess water.
  8. Close the pool later in the season and open it early spring. Due to warmer fall months, the water stays higher in temperature. This is a perfect breeding ground for algae to develop. This is the same for warmer spring months as well. You will have a better chance of opening a clear pool if you simply closer a little bit later and open a little bit earlier.

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