If you happen to be fortunate enough to live in a warmer climate and are able to escape the rain and snow that plagues other states during the winter months, then you may want to consider keeping your pool open year-round.  There are a number of advantages to keeping your pool open all year…think about swimming whenever you want and just being able to enjoy the beautiful ambiance day or night. But keeping it open throughout the year does require a bit of maintenance. 

Read on to learn more about how to keep your pool healthy throughout the off-season for the non-winterized pool. 

How Often Should I Maintain my Pool?

How often you maintain your pool depends on the amount of time you have to take proper care of it and how often you plan to be using the pool.  For most, a weekly or bi-weekly maintenance schedule is more than sufficient when the pool isn’t being used as much, as long as you’re thorough every time.  

TIP:  If you don’t have time to maintain your pool as often as necessary, consider hiring a professional pool care company for those weeks when you can’t do the job.

What Sort of Maintenance Is Necessary?

When maintaining your pool during the off-season, pool owners should follow the same maintenance that they would throughout the rest of the year:

  • Test the water chemistry: Even if the pool is seldom used, it’s important to ensure that the chemistry of the water is balanced so that the chemicals continue to keep harmful bacteria and algae at bay
  • Clean the water line:  Not only are “rings” around the pool unattractive, but those rings are a breeding ground for unhealthy bacteria
  • Brush and vacuum the pool: If left uncovered, you’ll likely need to still vacuum your pool once a week (if not more, if you have falling leaves in your yard). You may only need to brush your pool bi-weekly
  • Check the equipment: You need to regularly make sure that all of the pumps and motors are performing as they should.  It’s also important to pull out the filters and give them a good clean every one to two weeks

Your Rio Grande Pool Care Experts

Once you decide on your pool maintenance schedule, make sure that you stick with it.  As the temperature, sunlight, and a number of other environmental factors tend to fluctuate in the fall and winter months, your pool is more prone to having improper chemistry levels, which could result in damage to the pool and make it more difficult to get the water back to acceptable levels when you’re ready to go for a dip.

Give the pool service experts at Hamlin Pools a call today to answer any questions you may have regarding the health of your pool during the winter months. 


Since 1952, Hamlin Pools has been a family-owned and operated pool company serving the Rio Grande Valley, including McAllen, Mission, Brownsville, Harlingen, South Padre Island, and Corpus Christi. Hamlin Pools is the largest pool builder south of San Antonio and is proud to have built nearly 4,000 swimming pools for its customers. 

Hamlin Pools is an industry leader in combining innovative designs with construction know-how. Through an extensive network built over the past 5 decades of building swimming pools in the Rio Grande Valley, Hamlin Pools has the ability to deliver a better pool at a better price. Hamlin Pools also does pool renovations, pool remodels, outdoor living, custom outdoor kitchens, weekly pool maintenance, pool equipment repair, pool chemical retail sales, and commercial pool construction. 

Hamlin Pools, with its main office Pharr, has received numerous awards for pool design and construction and are members of every major industry group dedicated to upholding high pool construction and service standards. Contact them today about building the backyard of your dreams.