While we’re lucky to have mild winters here in Arizona, your pool likely will be taking a few months off when the temperature drops. As we head into the fall in the coming weeks, it’s time to start getting your pool ready for winter. With that in mind, we’ve put together this list of tips for how to take care of it so your pool will be ready for you next spring. Need pool service in Goodyear? Call Universal Pool Service today to schedule your appointment!

-Balance it out

As a pool owner, you undoubtedly know how important the pH levels are to the health, longevity, and appearance of your pool equipment. Leading up to the winter months, ensure the water has a pH level between 7.2 and 7.6. Not only will this provide a comfortable swimming experience for anyone looking for one last lap before it gets too cold, it will also keep the water sanitized through the winter.

-Clean it up

The last thing you want when you uncover your pool after a long winter, ready for the first swim of the season, is to be greeted by a bunch of junk making the water look like a petri dish. Cleaning the pool will prevent stains from setting in. Not cleaning your pool can even cause permanent damage to your equipment, so it is not something to avoid. If you ignore leaves or any other debris, they will become much more difficult to remove, and if left to rot in the water, they can degrade into harmful bacteria.

-Clear the filter

Just because you won’t be using your pool doesn’t mean you can ignore your filter. It’s important to clean your filter before winter, as it will ensure it keeps working properly. Additionally, a cleaned filter will make it easier to get your pool up and running once the winter is over.

-Algae protection

When algae is left unchecked, it can turn your pool from a beautiful oasis to an unsightly eyesore. Not only does it make the water look cloudy and gross, it can clog up your filters and increase your pool’s chlorine demand. When that happens, you’ll also have to deal with a pretty noxious odor emanating from the pool. With the right chemicals, you can protect your pool from developing green, yellow, and black algae. If you’re not sure which chemicals are right for your system, contact a pool service professional (like Universal Pool Service) to have them take care of it for you.

-Keep the water up

While it might be tempting to empty your pool of all of its water, it is incredibly important you don’t do this. Not only could this void your pool’s warranty, it will put undue strain on the pool’s structure, which can cause irreparable damage. Keep the water level above the skimmer box to avoid damaging your pool over the winter.

-Cover it

The last step you’ll take is just as important as the first. Cover your pool up once you’re done to keep leaves and other debris out. This will also prevent additional water from rising and changing pH levels.

When you want to get your pool ready for winter, there’s a bit of work that needs to be done, but with a little elbow grease and maintenance, you can make sure your pool will be ready for you once spring rolls around. Need some help getting your pool winterized? Call Universal Pool Service in Goodyear today to schedule your appointment!