Backyard swimming pools are a great way to beat the intense summer heat, and are assets of rental properties that increase value. However, as the weather turns chilly and the days get shorter, the pool sits empty and it’s time to do some winter maintenance. As a property owner, you must understand how and when to begin cleaning and protecting your investment from the harsh winter weather. This will ensure that your swimming pool is kept up well into the future. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind during winter.
- Clean the Pool. Whether it’s an automatic underwater vacuum or a manual water skimmer, make sure that your pool is free of debris. Leaves, sticks, and bugs will clutter the surface over time. Before closing up for the winter, be sure that the water is sparkling clean. The clearer the water, the quicker you’ll be able to use your pool when the weather warms up again.
- Use a Pool Cover. Investing in a quality cover will ensure that your swimming pool is protected from animals, debris, and harsh weather conditions. Periodically throughout the winter, you may need to go outside and tidy up a bit. Leaves, twigs, and other debris can get caught in the middle. Use a vacuum to get rid of unsightly messes that accumulate on the cover. If you live in an area with lots of snow or rain, be sure to stay on top of the weather. The risk of freezing precipitation tearing the cover can sneak up on property owners if they’re not careful.
- Maintenance & Chemistry. Although your pool will be covered for the winter, it may still be exposed to temperatures below freezing. It’s vital to maintain a correct chemical balance in the water to discourage freezing. Furthermore, the sophisticated pumps and machinery that keep your pool running in tip-top condition need to be monitored every other month. Ask your pool maintenance technician how best to care for the machinery and what products to use in and around your pool.
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