BEAR FACTS vol 2-8: Importance Of Water Balance For Winter

Pool closing time is usually a sad time of year.  The weather is getting cold, the leaves are changing color and the warm memories of summertime fun are fading away.  This is not usually the time of year that people like to think about their swimming pools, but this is really the most important time of the year to pay attention to the pool to avoid unnecessary problems and costly repairs come springtime.

There are some simple steps you can take when your pool is not in use to ensure that your liner lasts.

About 3 or 4 days prior to closing your pool.

Test the water chemistry and balance it by adding what is required to bring your pool water into normal range.
WARNING improper pH can cause your liner to wrinkle and improper water balance contributes to spring time algae growth.

Day of pool closing

IMPORTANT – Brush and vacuum your pool thoroughly. Algae not brushed into the water will not die and can cause stubborn stains in the spring. Any leaves or derbies can cause organic stains on your liner.

Clean out the skimmers and remove all leaves or other debris.

Shock your pool, leaving your filter and pump running for several hours thereafter in order to circulate and fully dilute and dissolve all the chemicals completely.

WARNING! Chlorine settles in the pool and bleach can the liner if it is not completely dissolved. Chemicals in floating devices can cause the liner to discolor or fade in areas below it.

After all the chemicals are fully dissolved, remove all floating chemical dispensers.

Have your pool professional close the pool down or have them supply you with instructions so that you can do the job yourself.

Make sure you follow all instructions carefully so that you protect your pool and liner properly.

For more information please contact a Teddy Bear Pools & Spas Professional.