Just a few weeks ago you were winterizing your pool and closing it for the season. While you may have thought that you were done for the winter when you closed your pool, it is actually important to check your pool in the middle of the winter. You want to make sure that there are no problems with your equipment, as this can lead to big problems and a big expense. It is helpful to go over a quick checklist to ensure that your pool is still in good shape.
1. Check the Filter and Electrical Equipment
First, you want to check the breakers and time clocks to be sure that they are turned off. You also want to be sure that there are no leaks or cracks in or around the electrical equipment. You should also double check to see that your pool light has been turned off. Finally, you want to inspect all wires that connect to your pump, heater, sensors, etc. to be sure that they are properly connected.
2. Check Your Pool Cover
You will want to inspect your pool cover for holes or tears. Also, you will need to pump any standing water that might have collected on your pool cover and make sure your cover is free of debris. If you have an above ground pool, check cable, clips, and the air pillow. For inground pools with water bags, make sure they are full and have remained in place.
3. Check Your Pool Water
Do you notice any visible algae growth or stains? If so, you will need to treat such issues. You also want to check the water level to be sure it hasn't dropped too much. Finally, you should check the pH, calcium hardness, alkalinity, and adjust any levels if needed.
4. Clean Up the Surrounding Areas
Once you are sure that everything in your pool has been inspected and taken care of, it is time to address the areas surrounding the pool. This is a good time to trim any shrubs, trees, or bushes that might hang over the pool. You should also remove leaves and debris that have fallen around the pool area.
Proper inspections and maintenance throughout the winter months will keep your pool in the best shape. It will save you time, money, and a great deal of stress should anything go wrong. If you do notice any problems, it is important to address them immediately before the problem gets too big. Performing a mid-winter check on your pool is a great way to protect your pool from damage and ensure that it will be ready to go in the spring.