Winter Pool Care in Arizona

Given Arizona’s relatively mild winters, it can be easy to neglect your swimming pool during the cooler months. However, whether or not you use your pool over the winter, taking steps to keep it in prime condition will ensure that it will be ready when spring comes—and more importantly, safeguarding your family with proper pool barriers and gates is a year-round commitment. Here are a few tips for maintaining your pool during the winter in Arizona:

  • Balance the water chemistry. Before the winter chill sets in, it’s crucial to ensure that your pool water is balanced. This involves checking and adjusting the pH, alkalinity, and sanitizer levels. Balanced water prevents algae growth and scale buildup, which can be a bigger headache come spring. Keep an eye on the water levels too, as they tend to drop during winter and could potentially damage your pump.
  • Inspect your pool barriers. Safety doesn’t take a winter break—well-maintained pool fences and gates are crucial for preventing potential drownings, no matter the season. Winter is a great time to inspect your barriers for any signs of wear or damage. If you notice rusting, damaged pickets, or latches that don’t close properly, it’s time to repair or replace them. Secure pool barriers are not just a regulatory requirement in Arizona, but an investment in your peace of mind.
  • Keep it clean. Even though you might not be using your pool as much as you do during the warmer months, regular cleaning is still essential. Skim any leaves or dirt that make their way into the water, and brush the sides of the pool frequently to prevent algae and maintain the integrity of the surfaces.
  • Run the pump. In Arizona, freezing temperatures are rare, so there’s no need to winterize your pool completely. However, circulating the water for at least a few hours a day can keep it from becoming stagnant and help prevent freezing on the occasional cold night.
  • Consult a professional. Whether you’re in need of help maintaining your swimming pool, repairing or replacing your fences and gates, or keeping any other aspect of your pool area in prime condition, the winter months are a great time to invoke the help of a professional. Then, when swimming season returns, your pool area will be safe, clean, and beautiful to serve as an oasis from the heat!

No matter the time of year, the team at DCS Pool Barriers is here to ensure that your residential or commercial pool area is secured by sturdy, beautiful, and legally compliant fences and gates. We offer pool barrier options in a vast range of styles, and will work with you to create a solution that’s perfect for your property. Contact us today for a free estimate!