Just because the season is changing doesn’t mean you should neglect your cleaning routine for your pool until next spring. Luckily for most Floridians, we have the option to keep our pools open even during the winter months. Since we only experience mild winter temperatures a few months out of the year, it’s crucial to maintain a cleaning routine.
Join us today as we take a closer look into winter pool chemicals that will help you battle algae and bacteria growth in the colder months.
Winter Pool Chemicals
Before we begin on our pool cleaning journey this season, it’s essential to ask yourself two questions, which are:
- Will you be keeping your pool open?
- Will you heat your pool or not?
Getting the answer to these two questions will help you better determine the type of winter pool chemicals you should be using. Let’s take this one question at a time; if you answered yes to keeping your pool open, you must understand that it is essential to keep up with regular maintenance and a routine to ensure the water is safe for swimmers.
Now, on to the next question; if you answered yes to your pool is heated during the colder months, you must use the right chemicals to get the job done. For example- did you know that water temperature can affect how effective your cleaning chemicals are? Yes, you read that right; if you don’t consider the water temperature and use any type of sanitizing agent, you might not even be cleaning at all.
You want to choose a sanitizer that stays stable in warmer water. Bromine, for instance, does just that. This sanitizer is popular for heated pools and hot tubs because it works in warmer temperatures, unlike the traditional chlorine.
Chemical Checks and Water Levels
Keeping your pool open also means that the chemicals and water levels need to be maintained just like in the summertime. You want to make sure that the water levels do not drop significantly during this time. Even though we still experience some pretty cold mornings and days, your pool water will still evaporate, just not as quickly as in the summertime.
As we mentioned above, chemicals are essential in keeping your pool clean and safe for swimmers. It’s necessary to check these levels using test strips or kits. By doing this, you’ll get a better understanding of what you need to add or cut back on.
Another essential thing to note about winter pool chemicals is that there will be little to no use for anti-freeze agents, especially if you will be keeping your pool open. In areas where pool water freezes quickly in the winter, anti-freeze chemicals are much needed. Since water expands when it turns into ice, this can cause a lot of damage to a pool and the pipes and lines. Even if you are not using your pool, you may not find a use for this in your maintenance routine. Taking care of your pool in the winter shouldn’t be a big ordeal. By understanding the basics behind winter pool chemicals, you’ll maintain the right cleaning routine to ensure your pool’s health and longevity. For more information on our custom-built pools, visit us at Artesian Pools and speak to one of our pool building professionals today