Getting Your Winter Swimming Pool Ready for the Summer

Updated on February 25, 2018
robhampton profile image

Rob is a licensed pool service industry professional with over 20 years of experience.

Source

Water Temperature Matters

In warmer climate areas, most pools are not "winterized," meaning that the pool is still operational. Although costly, some pool owners may run a heat pump during the cooler months in which the chemistry would be maintained the same as it would be during the warm months. Most pools, on average will get little to no use. Water chemistry will still need balancing during the off season. Very rarely will algae form in a pool when the water temperature is below 82 degrees Fahrenheit even if very little chlorine is added to the water.

Watch the Weather

This year in Florida, we've had well above average temperatures for this time of year—low to mid 80s in February. Early to mid-March is when I normally start paying much closer attention to the water chemistry. Now that pool water temperatures are already increasing, it's important to test a full range of chemicals.

Adding More Chlorine Is Not Enough

Although Chlorine will need to be increased during this transition period from cool weather to warm weather, there are many other factors that should be considered. This includes:

  • Sanitizer level (chlorine/bromine) 3-5 ppm
  • pH 7.4 - 7.6
  • Total Alkalinity 80 - 120 ppm
  • Stabilizer 30 - 50 ppm
  • Phosphates < 100 preferably 0

These chemicals all play a big role when transitioning a pool to warm weather. When water temperature is below 82 degrees F, phosphates can be present in the water even if it isn't causing visible algae. If the pool water chemistry has been neglected during the cool weather months, once the temperature of the water exceeds 82 degrees, an algae outbreak can occur very rapidly.

The Alkalinity level in the water is a buffer for the pH. Proper alkalinity levels will reduce scaling and help with having less pH fluctuations.

Stabilizer should be at an ideal level. If it's too low, the chlorine in the pool will burn off quickly. If the stabilizer level is too high, this will cause "chlorine lock" in which the chlorine molecules become ineffective as a sanitizer.

I strongly recommend that pool water be tested for phosphates. Algae feed on phosphates. If this is present in the water then algae will be sure to form at some point as the water increases in temperature. Phosphates can easily be removed by using a phosphate remover solution such as "PhosFree". I have had excellent results with this product. Keep in mind that with any phosphate remover solution, the filter will need cleaned after 24 hours of water circulation.

Keep the Filter Clean

When a swimming pool has good chemistry but no circulation and filtration, this is known as "stagnant" water. Algae and other bacteria can begin to grow. Chlorine will also dissipate quickly if the water remains this way.

A good clean filter, along with balanced water chemistry can:

  • Help prevent a pool from getting algae.
  • Effectively filter out bacteria and impurities
  • Reduce strain on the pool pump
  • Increase overall flow through pool drains, skimmers, vacuum ports and returns.

With normal use, a cartridge filter element should be cleaned weekly and replaced on average about once per year. A DE filter should be back-washed every 6 weeks and have a full dismantle and clean every 6 to 8 months. A sand filter should be back-washed once every 60 days.

Conclusion

Most swimming pool algae outbreaks occur when the outside temperature increases causing the water temperature to rise. This usually happens in the spring season. If the pool is properly addressed before this temperature change occurs then it is likely that the pool should remain clean and clear. Listed below are some useful links that go more in depth about some of the information mentioned in this article.

© 2018 Rob Hampton

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, dengarden.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://dengarden.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)