As winter approaches, many pool owners decide to close their pools for the season, while others prefer to keep them open for longer periods of time. If you decide not to close your pool in the winter months, you should be aware of certain problems that might arise in cold weather and give you a headache in the spring.
Here is a list of the most common problems people experience with their pools during the winter months:
Leakage can occur when there are cracks. Cracks could be previously existing in older pools but can also be developed during the closing process if the lines aren’t winterized properly. When water remains in the lines, cold temperature freezes and expands the water putting your pool at risk for cracks and leaks. Avoid this problem by addressing cracks as soon as possible and having your pool winterized by a professional.
2. Unbalanced Water Chemistry
Unbalanced water chemistry can damage the surface of plaster as well as cause corrosion or erosion. The only way to avoid this problem is to make sure the water is balanced properly BEFORE winterization begins. It’s important to either test your water at home or bring a sample to your local pool professional. Knowing the state of your water can help you determine which chemicals are needed to get the water balanced and ready for the closing season.
3. Freezing Temperatures
As stated before, freezing temperatures can do a lot of damage to your pool if not winterized properly. Any water left in the lines can freeze, expand and crack the lines. Other expensive pool equipment is also at risk for damage or a shorter lifetime if not winterized and turned off properly at the time of the closing.
4. Green Water
Green water can be a common issue with swimming pools in the winter season. The green color could be a result of algae or minerals oxidizing. Be on the lookout for unseasonably warm days during the winter. Consecutive days with temperatures in the upper 40s, 50s, or 60s are the perfect conditions for these growths to occur. Avoid green water by adding liquid chlorine. If you’re not sure how to handle this situation, contact your local pool professional for assistance!
5. Water Freezing In Pipes
It is a very serious issue that should not be neglected or ignored. When water freezes in pipes, the pipes can crack or burst. The best thing you can do to prevent it is to winterize your pool properly, so there is no water in the pipes to freeze. If it’s too late for that, it may be time to repair the damage and ensure your pool is properly winterized for the next season.
Mt. Lake Pool & Patio
Mt. Lake is a family-owned company that offers full renovation, maintenance, and pool tile repair services in Bucks County. If you want to keep your pool in great condition this winter and avoid any problems when the spring comes, call us to schedule weekly or bi-weekly pool service in New Hope, PA and let us take care of your swimming pool.