Are You Worried About Algae Growth? 3 Tips To Keep Your Pool Clear Through The Off-Season

Posted on: 29 November 2017

The main swimming season may be over, but that doesn't mean that you can give up on your pool maintenance regimen. Over the next few months, your pool is still susceptible to potential damage from freezing weather along with the possibility of contamination that can lead to an increase in the algae growth. While you might not be planning to take a dip for several weeks, you still need to use these tips to keep the water clear throughout the off-season:

Trim Back Outdoor Vegetation

During the fall and winter months, plant growth tends to slow. However, you may still discover errant leaves and branches creeping too close to your swimming pool. Make sure to trim back trees and bushes that are close to your pool early in the off-season. Then, keep an eye out for new plant growth as spring nears so that you can continue to reduce the potential of organic matter making it into the pool water.

Keep the Cover Clear of Debris

A quality pool cover goes a long way toward protecting the water from contamination from plants and animals. Always make sure that the cover is fitted properly and is securely attached. Then, use a water hose to spray off leaves and other dry debris. If a large amount of water accumulates on the cover after a rainstorm, then you may also need to use a wet vacuum to dry it out. If it snows in your area, then use a roof rake to gently remove the frozen precipitation from the top of the cover so that it does not weigh it down.

Maintain the Chemical Balance

Algae is most likely to bloom when the water loses its chemical balance, which is more likely to happen during the winter months when you may be tempted to slack off on the maintenance. Arrange for a pool maintenance service to check the pool chemistry when it is not in use so that the appropriate chemicals can be added to keep it clear. Often, an algaecide or chlorine treatment that is designed to last for longer terms can be added to reduce the frequency of your pool services during the off-season.

The off-season may mean that your pool gets less use, but this doesn't mean that you can just ignore it for the next several months. Make sure to check on you're your pool's water chemistry regularly, and keep it free of debris. By engaging in a little effort now, you can look forward to opening up your pool next season without the fear of seeing too much green.