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Winter Pool Tips for Polar Bear Dips

By Kristy Alpert 12.9.13

Brrr! If you’re braving the pool this winter, make sure it’s ready for the big splash. A little light maintenance will keep it clean throughout the year and ready for your next pool party season. Follow this easy guide.

Every three days:

  • Skim debris (leaves, branches, etc.) from the top of the water and clean out the baskets.

Once a week:

  • Vacuum the bottom of the pool and brush the walls and tile with a stiff brush to remove calcium deposits.
  • Check and maintain the pool’s water level.

Once a month:

  • Check the pH level (7.2 to 7.8 is the goal).
  • Chlorinate the water heavily.
  • Add algaecide (check with your local pool supply store to see which brand they recommend for your climate).

When necessary:

  • Clean the pool filter.
  • Get the pool’s heater serviced by a professional.
  • Search for and repair leaks.
  • Turn off pump if freezing weather is imminent.

If it gets really cold:

Consider winterizing your pool in advance of any inclement weather. Although most Texas climates won’t call for this, you may want to check with your local pool experts to see if they recommend taking this extra precaution in your area. Winterization includes:

  • Blowing water out of the pool’s plumbing with an air compressor.
  • Draining water from the filter and heater.
  • Adding nontoxic antifreeze to all the pool’s lines.
  • Disconnecting the heater, pump, and chemical feeders, and storing them in a dry place.
  • Cleaning the pool and covering the entire surface with a child-safe cover until a few weeks before you’re ready to use the pool again. 

Prepare for warmer days by getting your pool maintenance down to a science

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