How to care for your fiberglass pool in winter

Swimming pool at home is synonymous with guaranteed fun on the hottest days, but many are undecided about investing in this leisure space, as they don’t know what to do with it on cold days.

Even if you don’t use it as often, it’s essential to take care of your fiberglass pool in winter to ensure it’s in optimal condition for the summer.

Regular maintenance of this space — and any other — avoids future headaches. If you need some tips to keep your pool well maintained on the coldest days, you’ve come to the right place!

Follow in this text the main recommended care for this time of year.

Before talking about what to do with the pool in winter, let’s talk about what not to do, which is to leave this structure abandoned. As we have already seen, when you don’t do any kind of treatment in the water, it gets dirty, greenish and this brings several harms.

From that point on, you have two options on what to do with the pool in winter: continue its treatment normally, which, of course, means spending more time and money on all the necessary physical and chemical processes, or, on the other hand, hibernate the pool.

When we talk about hibernating the pool, we are remembering that concept of hibernation of bears, who spend time sleeping during the winter. In practice, this is basically what hibernation of the pool consists of: leaving it idle, without any use.

For this, however, it is necessary to ensure that the chemical and physical treatment of the water is up to date, in addition to turning off all the equipment that makes it work normally.

Hibernate the pool

In regions where the cold doesn’t let up, the “hibernation” procedure is recommended, that is, making the pool unusable for some time. This process consists of the complete treatment of the water, emptying some of the volume, cleaning the equipment and covering the pool to avoid dirt.

Use the pool occasionally

However, there are places where you can use the pool in winter, especially if it is covered and heated. In this case, the main care is with the water treatment and with the equipment, which can undergo maintenance, taking advantage of the infrequent use.

According to your option (hibernate or use it sporadically), you will need to follow the procedures below:

Treat the water

Those who use the pool in the cold can do the thorough cleaning less often than in the summer. In the heat, cleaning is recommended almost daily, but in winter, it can be weekly.

Cleaning includes chlorinating, balancing the water’s pH, decanting, vacuuming the coating, and other standard procedures. In winter, cleaning decreases because the chlorine and alkalinity of the water are more stable.

Superficial dirt should be removed with the sieve when convenient. This will depend on factors such as the environment the pool is in, whether it is covered or not, and whether people take care before entering the water.

Speaking of water, emptying the pool a little is recommended, because, with the cold, the water molecules expand – thus, the amount of water can increase and leak if not previously reduced. However, do not empty the pool completely, as it is the water itself that keeps the pool lining hydrated.

Clean the equipment

Filters, water pump motors and plumbing should be clean, especially if you are going to hibernate the pool. In that case, after cleaning them, turn them off.

Even when continuing to use the pool in the cold, it is possible to take advantage of the days when it is stopped to perform this procedure. The ideal is to handle the equipment according to the recommendations of the parts manufacturers.

Cover the pool

If you choose to hibernate the pool, covering it will be the helpful step — after you’ve treated the water and cleaned all the equipment.

Outdoor pools can be covered with a canvas cover, which is the most common on the market (it is even possible to order custom made). A protective cover or screen keeps the water free of dirt and helps prevent dengue. It is important to clean any dirt that may fall on the cover, as the accumulation of residues can weigh and tear it.

Investing in a retractable deck can be a good option so that the pool is covered during the winter and the space above it can be used. Decks are usually well structured and support chairs, tables and the movement of people.

Opting for a telescopic cover (a kind of dome, usually made of laminated glass or plastic film) is also a way to keep the pool covered and protected during the winter, and if the water is heated, it will be possible to use this leisure space even on the coldest days.

And did you see how there’s no secret to taking care of the fiber pool in winter? If you liked the text, enjoy and keep following our blog.

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