Protecting Your Pool During Winter

Don't Overlook These Simple But Important Tips for Maintaining Your Home's Pool

Owning a pool can be a great way to cool off during the summer months, and can provide hours of relaxation and family fun. However, a pool does need regular maintenance, to ensure the water is always clean and to protect the filter, pump, and other such parts. Note a few simple but important tips that you don't want to overlook when it comes to maintaining your home's pool, so you know it will always be in good repair and ready for a swim:

Shocking the pool

Shocking the pool refers to adding a very large amount of chlorine at once; this isn't something you do often, but it should be done after a pool party, rainstorm or anything else that may cause a build-up of debris in the pool. Shocking the pool can also be done after you need to refill the pool, to clean the new water.

When you shock the pool, you add a chlorine "bomb" and then let it sit for several hours; this allows the chlorine to circulate through the filter and mix in with all the pool's water. This also gives it time to kill algae and other buildups, so the water is then safe for swimming.

Water level

The water level in a pool shouldn't fall too low, or the pump will pull air through the filter and lines, putting added wear and tear on all those parts. The pump can then also slow down so that water isn't filtered as often as it should be, which will allow algae to then build up along the pool's wall. Note the water level that is recommended for your pool in particular, and ensure it doesn't get too low; you might even cover the pool during very hot summer days so the water doesn't evaporate, if necessary.


A pump is what pulls pool water through the filter, and also keeps the water moving so that the chlorine you add will circulate and mix with all the water in the entire pool. If the pump you use for your pool is underpowered, it won't pull water through the filter often enough to keep it clean. If the pump is overpowered, the water may be pulled through so quickly that it can't be filtered. Turning the pump off when the pool isn't in use can save electricity, but you do need to run it enough to keep the water clean of debris and ensure the chlorine is always circulating. Note the recommended size of pump needed for your pool and how often it should be run to keep the water in your pool clean.

Contact a pool maintenance company for more information and assistance.