4 Tips for Winter Pool Care

Keeping Your Pool Healthy This Winter

At Parnell Pool & Spa, we understand that owning a pool is a year-round responsibility. In fact, the cold winter weather is no excuse to ignore your pool and skip out on proper pool maintenance. To help keep your pool operational and clean during the winter, we put together a list of 4 tips to consider when taking care of your pool during the winter season. 

Tip #1: Reduce Pump Operations

You may have already decided to disconnect your pool filtration system and winterize your pool for the colder months. However, if you are determined to keep your pool open this winter, it is common practice to reduce the pump speed and operational hours. While you don’t need to run the pump 24/7, it is important to keep the water flowing during freezing temperatures to reduce potential risks to your plumbing. For more information about this topic, take a look at 

Tip #2: Keep the Chemicals Going

During the winter months, your pool needs to maintain proper water chemistry. While you will need fewer chemicals to manage bacterial/algae growth during cold weather, you still need to check your water on a regular basis. Our experts at Parnell Pool & Spa recommend testing your water twice a month to make sure your pool water chemistry is spot on!

Tip #3: Don’t Let Debris Get You Down

Debris is usually the biggest concern when it comes to upkeep during the cooler months. Skimming the surface for any floating debris and frequently checking your skimmer basket is critical when keeping your pool operational and clean during the fall and winter. When checking your pool for tree and leaf debris, make sure your pump is running correctly and there are no obstructions in both the drain and pipelines. Also, know that if you leave any debris in the pool for a long period of time, it can decay and cause bacterial and staining issues. Bottom line, a clean pool is a happy pool!

Tip #4: Salt Cell Care

It is best practice to remove your salt cell during the colder winter months. By removing your cell, you limit the potential damage that may occur to the unit during cold or freezing temperatures. If you choose to remove your salt cell during the winter, you can place a “dummy cell” or “mock cell” into the spot of your existing salt cell. For more information, take a look at 

  • Caring for you Salt Cell during the Winter Months

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Need Help Balancing Your Pool Water?

At Parnell Pool & Spa, our trusted specialists use only the best equipment and procedures to get a complete and accurate reading of your pool water. Our computerized Water Analysis System, BioGuard’s® ALEX®, provides results in an instant with step-by-step instructions. Bring us your water sample today and leave knowing every step needed to get your pool water safe and sanitary. 

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