Winter Pool Care

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  • Nov 15, 2016, 18:47 PM
It’s that time of year again – the time to trade in flip flops and swimsuits for boots and scarves. The dreaded day of closing the pool has arrived, and now it’s time to prepare for winter.

Although the pool has been covered, that doesn’t mean that it can be completely forgotten about until it’s time to open up in the spring.  There are several steps that can be taken to make sure your pool is prepped for winter and will be in top shape for opening.

A Good Cover
The better the cover you put on your pool, the better your chances for an easy pool opening. Both solid and mesh safety covers do a great job of keeping debris like leaves, sticks, and the occasional wayward animal out of your water. Merlin’s patented SmartMesh™ Safety Cover technology provides 100% shade, which inhibits the growth of algae and other contaminants. This makes it nearly impossible for algae to grow under the cover.

Periodically throughout the colder months, it is a good idea to check on your cover to make sure that everything is working properly. Keep an eye out for anything that looks out of the ordinary or potentially harmful to your pool or cover, like large sags, loose straps, or any wear of the cover on the coping. These issues should be addressed immediately. 

Water Levels
Inspecting the water level on a pool is imperative – even during the winter. Never drain your pool completely when winterizing. The water is needed for both the liner and the cover to function at their best. It is important to check the water level from time to time, even in the winter, to make sure it is at the appropriate level. Do not lower it more than 18 inches from the deck level. Also, keep the water below the tile on a concrete pool.  An automatic pump can be placed on your steps to help maintain these proper levels.
Remove Debris
If your pool is surrounded by many trees, leaves falling around the pool area and onto your cover are going to be inevitable. A covered pool will keep leaves out of the water, but they tend to accumulate on top of the cover.  In order to make sure that falling leaves and branches do not harm it, take the time to remove the debris off of the top of the cover.  This is as simple as using a leaf blower to remove them. Make sure not to use anything sharp that could puncture the cover.
Allowing leaves and debris to collect and remain on your cover can create a situation like a steeping tea bag which can result in a pool opening mess.
Checking the Pump
Some covers come equipped with pumps that take the water off of the top of a cover. This pump should be checked regularly to make sure that it is properly removing the water. Without this, too much water can accumulate, putting stress on the cover.  If too much weight is left on the cover, this will cause it to over-stretch and reduce its useful life.

Following all of these steps will aid in a better pool opening, and will also increase the longevity of your cover.  A safety cover that is taken care of can last for many, many years. Good luck with and have a safe winter!