When you decided to become a swimming pool owner did you know that it would require year-round care and maintenance? Yes, even in the winter your swimming pool requires care. Living in an area of the country that sees snow and ice means you need to take the additional step of protecting your swimming pool from the winter elements because ice and snow can cause damage.
In order to prevent damage, there are steps you can take, and we’d like to offer just a few:
- Remove ice and standing water from the cover. The best way to do this is by using a pump. If there is a warm day that melts the ice that’s gathered on the cover, you will want to pump off the standing water. Resist the urge to pull off chunks of ice from the cover, because of its sharp edges you run the risk of cutting the cover.
- When the wind gets whipping it can blow the cover off the pool. If this happens it can tear and even shred the cover. Depending on how loose the cover is it could be completely blown off and out of your yard never to be seen again. The best way to prevent this is by making certain the cover is secure at the beginning of the winter season and check it at least weekly. Ask your swimming pool builder the best way to keep the cover tight and secure.
- A swimming pool cover is not an inexpensive purchase, but if taken care of properly, the cover can last for many years. Pool builders find that tree branches are the main culprit to pool cover damage. Before winter hits, remove any branches that hang over the pool. If you have a lot of dropped leaves in your yard you may also want to consider installing a leaf net on top of your regular pool cover – this device catches leaves, making it easy for you to remove them without having to take the whole cover off.
- Prior to putting the cover on, your swimming pool professional will lower the water a few inches below the skimmer. You certainly don’t want the water level too low or it will cause the cover to sag too far into the pool water.
- Keeping branches cut back from the pool makes sense any time of the year but especially in the winter when snow or ice make them heavy and prone to breaking. Your pool cover will keep small twigs and leaves from the pool water but is no match for heavy snow-laden branches.
- Keep the correct water levels. When we’ve closed your pool, we will have lowered the water levels prior to closing your pool for the winter, but you will want to keep track of levels.
- The level of chemicals in your water over the winter season could be impacted by rain or snowfall. The over-winter chemicals keep algae growth at bay and also help prevent bacteria growth, making for an easier spring pool opening.
Proper winter swimming pool protection will not only protect your pool from the winter elements but can potentially save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, in expensive swimming pool repairs when the winter season rolls around.