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Keeping Your Pool Safe During the Winter

When the snow finally melts, and the temperature starts to rise, you will undoubtedly want to open your pool again. If you do not take care of it properly in the winter though, you may need to drop a significant amount of money before it can be open. Frigid winds and icy snowstorms can cause your swimming pool to take a beating. The best way to limit costly repairs is by making a plan for preventative maintenance and booking regular checkups. Here are some ways you can ensure your investment stays in pristine condition throughout the winter.

Drain Water


Cold weather, water, and pipes are not a good combination. Unlike most other liquids, when water freezes it expands, which can cause pipes to burst. If you leave water in your pool pump, heater, or filter when it gets cold, expect hefty repair bills come summer.

Add Algaecide


This product can help prevent algae from growing in your pool during the winter. You should add it to the water just before you close your pool for the season. Just be sure your pump is running so that the algaecide circulates throughout your pool. Read and follow the instructions on the product carefully as it will tell you how long it is sufficient for.

Pool Cover


Your pool cover will be the first line of defence keeping leaves and other debris out of your pool. Without it, your pool could end up suffering severe damage. Make sure the pool cover fits well and is installed properly so that it is protected to the maximum. If your pool has a custom shape, you may need to work with a company to make a pool cover that fits. The cover should be sturdy enough to withstand ice, wind, and snow.

After you have bundled up your pool, you will need to make sure it stays clear over the winter. Check the cover regularly, especially after storms to ensure it is in place and working well. Routinely sweep away debris that ends up on the cover to prevent it from damage.

There are three types of pool covers to consider depending on the type of pool you have. Inground pools benefit from tarp covers secured with water bags or tubes that hold them in place. These are easy to maneuver and saves you time when removing or installing your cover. You could also opt for a safety cover, which uses brass anchors to sit flush with your patio. It is the most common type of pool cover because they are cost-effective up front, but they are quite heavy and require more effort to use. A fitted or lock-in cover goes into the pool coping track. Your pool must have a double track coping to use that kind of cover, which is typical for vinyl pools.

Check Water Equipment


The most effective way to keep your pool in working condition is by getting it checked regularly. Our team at KW Pool Solutions have years of experience in pool repair and maintenance. Call us today, and we can have one of our technicians check the vitals of your pool and make sure it is holding up well against the cold.

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