If you decide to close your pool off for winter, there are a few steps that you will need to take before you can do so. The processes that you carry out will depend on what type of swimming pool covers you have.
When it comes to winter swimming pool covers, meshed and solid are two of the most common types. These covers have their own strengths and weaknesses, so you will need to change how you close your pool accordingly.
Closing your pool with a mesh swimming pool cover
As mesh covers allow sunlight and rainwater to come into contact with the pool during the winter months, it is recommended that you chemically treat the pool at least once a month to stop the build-up of algae.
We also advise keeping the pump running throughout the winter months to prevent the build-up of dirt. It’s best to run the pump for long enough for all sections of the pool to pass through the filtration system at least once. You should check your manual to find out how long this is.
Closing your pool with a solid swimming pool cover
These covers are usually opaque, meaning that they do not let light through. This lack of light prevents the build-up of algae, so maintaining your pool will be easier and less time-consuming. Simply switch off the pump and the motor, put a gizmo inside the skimmer to shield it from freezing water, and then blow out any excess water from your plumbing system. You should also chemically treat the pool to balance out the levels of calcium and alkaline.
Keep an eye on the weather
Winter weather can be unpredictable at the best of times. It could be snowing and raining one day and then glorious sunshine the next. However, these conditions can wreak havoc with your pool if you’re unprepared, especially if you have mesh swimming pool covers.
Heavy rain could dilute the chemicals that you’ve added to kill off any algae. It’s important that you monitor the weather so that you can re-balance the chemicals inside the water when necessary. This process will save you a lot of hassle when it’s time to open the pool up again.
Here at Pool Warehouse, we have a wide selection of meshed and solid swimming pool covers for all types of pools, so why not contact our team today to learn more about how we can help you to save time, money and effort on your winter closedown methods?