Covering Winter Care for Your Pool and Spa
By far the easiest way to keep your pool in top shape through the off season is to hire a Certified Service Professional® to handle all the responsibilities and inspections. Here at B&B, we service pools in Bergen County, New Jersey as well as Rockland and Westchester Counties in New York. Click on the link below and we’ll be in touch about your service needs.
If you want to do it on your own, here’s some advice to consider. Winters, especially in cold weather states like we have in the Northeast, can be hard on your pool or spa. There are some precautions you can take to ensure that your prized investments are protected from the elements.
The first thing to do before the winter arrives is to close your pool. This means draining the plumbing and preparing your pool to handle the changes in temperature. With storms and debris in the likely forecast, a strong cover is essential to protect the surface, coping, and shell of your pool. You can read our tips on closing your pool in our recent blog, “Closing Your Pool for the Season.” Just click the link.
Covering Your Pool
One of the most important things you can do to safeguard your pool is to install a protective cover. It provides you and anyone who visits your home an all-important layer of safety.
Before you cover your pool, you need to clean the pool thoroughly. You’ll wan to lower the water level slightly. Keep in mind that when water freezes into ice, it actually expands. Lowering the water level appropriately ensures that the to coping and tile surrounding your pool are kept intact and secure.
With a pool cover in place, water has a harder time evaporating. Less evaporation means you don’t need to top off the water as often, plus the chemical concentration in the water retains its balance more easily.
Choosing the Right Pool Cover for the Winter
Although there are several types of covers to evaluate most covers will only suffice for mild weather. If you’re located in a cold weather state, like we are, you need a protective cover for the off season when you close your pool.
Today’s custom pools often having unique shapes, which require a custom cover. A protective cover will need to be properly anchored during the cold weather months. When spring returns and you want to open your pool to enjoy the sights and sounds of your water features, your cover needs to be properly stored in a safe and dry environment.
A winter cover keeps the snow and ice completely away from the interior of your pool. Properly installed, a winter cover extends beyond the perimeter of the pool and is anchored to the decking.
Can I Use My Automated Pool Cover for Winter Care?
Here at B&B, we serve customers living in the cold weather states of the New York and New Jersey. If you live anywhere freezing occurs and you have this question, the simple answer to your question is, “No.”
According to B&B’s senior partner, Drew Bagin, “We never recommend using an auto-cover as a winter cover. For the best winter protection for your pool, we advise using either a mesh or solid deck-anchored safety cover.”
It’s true that during the swim season an automatic pool cover gives you added advantages. It lowers your operating costs by conserving heat. An auto-cover lessens the amount of evaporation and therefore the amount water used to keep your pool full, thereby reducing your chemical consumptions, and lowering the burden on your equipment.
Keeping dirt and debris from getting into your pool adds longevity to your pool and lowers your operating costs. However, winter comes, you’re best served by having a deck anchored cover. It will protect both your pool and your automatic pool cover.
Inspection Your Pool and Pool Equipment
Throughout the winter months—especially after a weather event—you should inspect the pool, the pool cover, the equipment and equipment pad for any signs of damage or potential problems. Making a visual inspection may be a bit of preventative medicine for your backyard treasure.
You don’t want to leave a snowpack on your pool cover, so it’s important to remove the excess. You want a pool cover pump that activates when water accumulates on the cover. Not only should it remove any standing water, it will prevent the build up of ice when the temperature drops.
Consider engaging a qualified pool technician for a “Winter Watch” service. You’ll have a properly trained pool specialist inspect your pool, pool cover, equipment, and equipment pad for any issues that need to be addressed – before they become problems.
Although a properly configured and installed pool cover can handle the weight of a huge snowfall, having Winter Watch Protection means you’ll have a professional visting your property and taking care of any issues that arise due to the weather. Winter Watch is a great way to put your mind at ease.