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Do I Need To Test My Pool Water In Winter?

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Do I Need To Test My Pool Water In Winter?

snow covered pool

Sitting out by your swimming pool enjoying the sunshine and warm weather probably feels like a distant memory right now. A polar bear might enjoy a dip in your pool, but it is far from your mind with the snowy weather and icy chill. However, pool season will be here before you know it, and you want your pool water to be in good shape for your first dip after our long cold Chicagoland winter. If you closed your pool properly back in October, it should be in good shape come April. However, there are a few details you should keep an eye on during the frostier time of year. Let’s take a dive into some helpful information about pool water water winter to ensure you get the most out of your swimming pool next season! 

Maintaining Your Cover

The most important thing to keep an eye on during the winter months is your pool cover. Primarily, keep the cover clean of debris. Your pool cover can be damaged by the weight of branches, heavy snowfall, or standing water. We recommend the use of a pool cover pump to make short work of removing any standing water. If water is left to freeze on the pool cover, you could damage the cover by trying to remove it. The ice is best left to thaw, and when the temperature warms up the water can be removed by the pump. It’s also a good idea to trim back overhanging branches to prevent damage from falling limbs.

Do I Need To Add Chemicals?

The colder temperatures of winter will keep algae and bacterial growth to a minimum. Typically, in our cold Chicagoland environment, you probably won’t need to test the water or add extra chemicals during the off season. That being said, if the temperatures are mild or if there has been a thaw, you’ll need to test your pool’s chemical balance and adjust it accordingly.

When Should I Have a Peek?

Once temperatures have warmed up a bit and things are finally beginning to thaw out, you can take a peek under your pool’s cover and see how things are going. You may also want to periodically check your water level throughout the off season. About six to eight weeks before you plan to open your pool for the season, you may want to add a dose of algaecide. The last thing you want to greet you in April is green pool water. 

Hassle-Free Pool Opening

When you take the time to properly care for your pool’s water in winter, you’ll set yourself up for a smooth and easy opening this spring. Bottom line? Keep a check on the weather’s temperature. Remember, if it gets a bit warm, you’ll need to perform a little water maintenance to prevent a challenging pool opening. Remember, Aqua Pools is here to help you with all your pool and chemical-related questions. Give us a call, and have our professional staff advise you on how to proceed.


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