You’ve enjoyed your pool all summer and now winter just around the corner! It’s important to take steps to protect your new pool from potential damage, such as freezing temperatures or snow accumulation. Here are some tips on how to properly maintain and store your pool during the cold winter months:
Cover Your Pool
Invest in a good quality pool cover for your new pool. A cover will help keep your pool clean while not in use. The last thing you want is debris, dirt, and water getting in to your pool during the cold winter months. Animals are also less likely to take refuge in your pool if it’s covered. Make sure to secure the cover firmly with ropes or straps, getting a tie-down kit if need be, to ensure it stays in place all season.
Maintain Water Levels
When temperatures drop below freezing, it’s important to lower your pool’s water levels to prevent cracking or splitting of the walls. After building a new pool, the worst thing that you could do is allow high water levels freezing to do detrimental damage. Keep in mind that most pool manufacturers recommend keeping water levels between the middle and top of the skimmer.
Clean Your Pool
Before you cover your pool for winter, clean it thoroughly to get rid of any dirt and debris that may have built up during the summer months. Without this crucial step, come spring time, your pool will have mildew, rotting debris and need an intensive clean before being able to be used. A quick skim and touch up of chemicals will help ensure that your pool is in good condition when you uncover it in the spring.
Remove Pool Accessories
Take all pool accessories, such as ladders, slides, floating toys, and other items out of your pool before you cover it for winter. Doing so will reduce the chances of those items becoming damaged due to freezing temperatures or high winds during the winter months. Removing all accessories is a simple yet important step in preparing your pool for the off season, failing to do so could not only do damage to the pool but increases the chance that said accessories will actually receive significantly more wear and tear and possibly need to be replaced by spring.
Check for Leaks
Before you cover your pool, inspect it for any possible leaks. When preparing to close down your pool for the season, even the smallest leak should be addressed. If it is not, by the time you are ready to use your pool again in the spring, the damage could have worsened and could be more costly to repair and delay the use of your pool all together.
Following these tips will help ensure that your new pool is properly protected during the winter months and ready for use come springtime! So, don’t forget to take the necessary steps to protect your new pool when winter rolls around. When in doubt, follow the manufacturer guidelines and consult a professional if you have any questions. With proper maintenance and care, you can enjoy years of use out of your new pool!