How to prepare your pool for the winter!

16 June, 2022

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How to prepare your pool for the winter!

We all know that time of year. The dog days of summer are long gone as the sun sets earlier and the air feels cooler and crisper. It’s time to properly close your pool for the offseason and give your pool and robotic pool cleaner some tender loving care. If you don’t, you might find yourself opening your pool in the spring or summer only to discover that your pool is damaged and dirty or that your pool cleaner isn’t working.

This will not only keep the water clear, but it'll also increase the life of your equipment!

That’s why proper winter care is so important.

When treated correctly in the offseason, your pool and cleaner will be ready to go once the weather heats up. Preparing your pool for the offseason might seem complicated but trust us – it isn’t.

Follow our pool and robotic pool cleaner tips below and you’ll be good to go once the seasons change.

Our tips to prepare for winter include:

Balancing your pool chemistry

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Before closing your pool for the season, be sure to balance your pool chemistry.  Check your sanitizer levels, along with pH, alkalinity, and total hardness, which all impact water quality and extend the life of your pool equipment.

If necessary, add pool-grade antifreeze. Additionally, be sure the pH of the water is between 7.2-7.6 and the alkalinity is between 80-120ppm.

Or save yourself the frustration and hassle by getting your pool water tested by your closest Elite Dealer. Plus, it will save you time and money putting chemicals in that you don’t need.

Take care of pool circulation

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As pool usage decreases, it’s common for pool owners to run the pump and filter less. This can lead to clarity issues once the pool season resumes. To combat this, we suggest running the pump and filter. You should also remove debris from the skimmer baskets.

If you are unsure on how long you should run your pump, ask to your local Elite dealer:

Clean your pool thoroughly

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Put your Dolphin robot pool cleaner to work!

Running your pool cleaner several times prior to closing it for the season will prevent the breakdown of organic material over the winter.

Get your pool cleaner a tune-up!

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The offseason is the perfect time for a tune-up of your robotic pool cleaner. Routine winter maintenance can also help you avoid the spring rush.

Bring your Dolphin pool cleaner to an Elite Dealer pool shop for an in-person check-up:

  • Replace tracks and climbing rings

  • Test the power supply, motor, and cable

  • Replace the filters

Book for a check-up today with your nearest Elite dealer👇

Store your pool cleaner safely

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First, make sure your Dolphin robot pool cleaner is dry to avoid any degradation or damage to the motor or internal mechanisms. Then thoroughly clean the filter bags or cartridges and place them back in the unit. Roll up the cable like a garden hose so there are no kinks that could interrupt the water flow. Finally, store your cleaner upside down in a protected area, out of the direct sun, rain, or frost. You can also store your cleaner in a large plastic caddy that provides even better coverage against the elements.

Though this list may seem daunting, preparing your pool for winter is a simple task, especially when you have a Maytronics Dolphin robotic pool cleaner and a group of Elite Dealers for support.

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