We no longer conventional pools that we could only use for a few months in a year and then they remained useless for a major part of years. All-weather pools have taken over traditional pools as they are accessible the whole year. The maintenance of both conventional and all-weather pool remains similar. Before going into details of year-round pool maintenance and pool behavior, we need to draw up a basic pool calendar. Let spring be the start of this calendar with winter being the end. The maintenance and care of both types of pools remain similar so we have written a common blog for both types of pools.
Sun or the absence of it changes everything in our universe, thus different weather affects your pool. Every season and weather change will make you take a different approach in treating and maintaining your pool.
A Spring Start to Your Pool
As soon as spring arrives, we must get our pool ready for wild summer parties and fun. Here are three easy steps for spring maintenance.
The first step is to use a scoop net and remove the dirt accumulated in our pool when it was not in use.
Check on the functioning of your filtering and pumping system. It is a good practice to address the repairing issues big or small when they are found.
Start maintaining the pH level of your swimming pool, how?
Maintain the pH value of your pool water from 7.2 to 7.6. Once you been successful in maintaining a constant pH value, you will have to readjust the chlorine level in your pool water using chlorine granules. Finally, check the water quality twice a week and adjust as per your findings.
With longer days, your pool is receiving long hours of sunshine which makes your pool water lose the chlorine quickly. During the day time, the UV rays of the sun break down the chlorine present in water thus affecting the concentration of your pool water. Further, the increased use of the swimming pool in summer makes the water lose effectiveness much more quickly. The increased sunshine also increases the daily loss of water, therefore, making the daily checking more important.
The warm weather of summer also increases the rate of growth of algae so you will need to give algae treatment to your pool from time to time. However, summers also mean that you do not need to artificially maintain the temperature of water in your pool.
Thunderstorms, Rains, and Hailstorms
Heavy rains or hailstorms can occur during the summer. Hails and rains can damage your pool’s shutters. So when you experience rainy or stormy weather it is advised to open up the rolling shutters and safeguard your furniture from unwanted damage.
Life is one big party and the party of our lives and pool must not end with the onset of Autumn. Autumn is great weather to enjoy a few laps of swimming and let weather relax those sore muscles of your body. However, we need to prepare our pool for the harsh winters that are yet to come. So checking up on the condition of your pool heater is a practical decision that allows you to swim when you need it. When we are not using the pool, we should cover the pool and avoid the chances of dry leaves settling in our pool and clogging the pipeline. We must also clean the pool much more frequently during Autumn to keep your pool clean.
Winters bring out the polar bears in us where all we want to do is eat and laze around and enjoy the warm comfort of our bed or couch with a refreshing cup of coffee or an exhilarating book. This perhaps is the reason why we commonly do not come across people using swimming pools in winter. However, that is not the norm, and swimming a few laps in winter is the norm for many. Once you decide to swim in winter, you will need a pool in which you can swim all year round. Thus your pool needs to have a pool heater. Some pool heaters have a working temperature limit, if the weather is not in that working limit, the heating system of your pool fails so, we must always keep this in mind.
Heating water should be a part of your winter pool routine as freezing temperatures outside could freeze your pipes and hoses. So we need to heat the water just not for our swim but also for protecting the pipelines. Leave the heater on at all times also so that your pipes and pumping remain functioning. We should also get a backup power source in an all-weather pool. An additional power source will help us maintain an uninterrupted running of the water heater. Adding winter chemicals in your pool water is a must, even if you don’t plan to use the pool.
This is a short glimpse towards the maintenance of your pool during the different seasons of the year.