Although you might not be enjoying a daily dip in your swimming pool throughout the winter season, any pool can develop problems even when it’s out of commission for months on end. And unfortunately, when your pool isn’t in use, there’s a good chance you don’t pay close attention to it, which will only allow budding problems to quietly grow worse behind the scenes.
To help you take great care of your pool — yes, it still requires periodic care even if it’s not in use — our team at Royal Pool & Spa has compiled a list of some of the most common winter pool problems we see. We’ve also included simple solutions to prevent these wintertime issues, so your pool and all of its accessories remain in great shape throughout the snowy season.
Water Accumulation in the Center of Your Pool Cover
Obviously, snow and ice will accumulate on top of your pool cover whether it’s a mesh cover or a solid one. And while some snow and ice atop your pool cover is fine, when that buildup exceeds about two feet, it can damage the cover and may even render it completely useless.
What’s more, if leaves, sticks, and other debris builds up in the center of the cover, you’ll have a lot of cleaning (and maybe even surface staining) to deal with come pool opening time.
If you want to reduce your risk of pool cover damage and a dirty pool come spring, here’s what you can do:
● Insert an air pillow beneath the center of your pool cover to keep the area just a bit higher than the outer edges of the cover. When you do this, the water and debris will accumulate closer to the pool deck, where you can easily deal with the buildup.
● Use a push broom or plastic snow shovel to remove as much snow and debris from the center area of the cover as possible. Taking care of this periodically will help prevent the buildup from getting excessive.
● Keep a close eye on the weather so you know when to expect significant precipitation. That way, you can prepare your cover pump and snow-removal schedule in advance, so snow and ice don’t have a chance to accumulate atop the cover.
Winter Pool Cover Damage
When snow and ice melt during the day, they can easily refreeze when temperatures drop again during the night. And when water freezes on top of your pool cover, the resulting ice can easily tear the material. The simplest way to prevent tears in your pool cover is to use a pool cover pump. Turn it on and let it do its thing whenever you notice water pooling on the surface of the cover, and you’ll dramatically reduce your risk of dealing with tears later on.
Pool Plumbing Leaks
If you winterized your pool properly, you blew out the lines during the pool closing process. That means there’s no longer any water in the plumbing system, so it can’t freeze, expand, and crack the pipes. But if you decided to keep your pool open throughout winter or you didn’t blow out the lines properly, you run the risk of cracked pipes and moderate to severe in-ground plumbing leaks.
To prevent leaks from occurring, you must keep the water moving on a regular basis, so it doesn’t have a chance to freeze, expand, and crack the plumbing components. You can either turn your pool filter on periodically (if you know you’ll remember to do so) or use a freeze guard timer that will periodically run the filter for you.
Choose Royal Pool & Spa for Your Pool Maintenance Needs
If your Twin Cities pool develops any issues during the winter season, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at Royal Pool & Spa in White Bear Lake, MN for help! You can reach us by phone or email with any questions or concerns, or to schedule swimming pool product pick-ups at our store. Feel free to call us at 651-779-7606 or contact us online, and we’ll be in touch!