Winter Pool Protection Tips

Protecting your pool throughout the winter is very important in maintaining it for as long as possible. In-ground and above-ground pools have different needs when it comes to surviving the winter. The brutal winter weather can do damage to a pool unless you keep the following protection tips in mind.
 

In-ground Pools

 
If you have an in-ground pool you will need to make sure you have a cover for it for the winter season. Leaving the pool uncovered all winter can damage it in ways you may not be able to repair. A solid pool cover should always be used but you must be aware that it is not safe for anyone to fall on one of these covers. The weight of a person on top of the pool cover will cause it to wrap around the person very tightly. Any rain water that is on the top of the cover at the time will rush towards the cover’s lower bottom.
 
Safety pool covers can also be used and these covers can withstand the weight of a human being. These covers are either solid or made of mesh. This is probably the most secure type of cover you can use.
 
When putting on any pool cover make sure not to pull it too tightly and leave some room for it to give. A pool cover that is too tight will collapse under the weight of too much snow. You will want to install a quality pool cover for you.
Using a pool alarm will alert you when children, pets or an elderly relative get too close to it. Young children may not understand that the pool has no water in it during the winter, so if they fall into it they could get hurt.

 

Above-ground Pools

 
Above-ground pools should not be very accessible during the winter months. This means if there is a ladder leading into the pool it should be put away until it is time to open the pool once again. Those who have a deck surrounding their pool should have a safety cover installed on it for the winter. In the event that the deck of the pool is attached to the house it is advisable to install a safety fence that keeps the pool off limits.
 
Though it is common to drain a pool of its water for the winter, many people choose to leave the water in there until summer. In this case it is necessary to use an ice compensator in the water. Securing this for the winter season relieves pressure on the pool when the water turns to ice. The correct chemicals also have to be used in order to prevent algae from growing in the pool. Algaecide and strongly concentrated chlorine can be helpful.
 
Following these tips can help your pool survive the winter and prevent it from causing danger to your loved ones. Proper care is essential to your pool’s success.