How To Care For Your Swimming Pool Cover With The Winter Snow

Taken in Megeve, France

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A few handy tips for caring for your automatic swimming pool cover in the Utah winter months. You’re welcome.

  • Keep water levels at the proper level in the swimming pool. This is essential to the survival of the automatic swimming pool cover in the winter snow. The water level of your pool in the winter should be the same as it is in the summer: halfway up the skimmer box (the square opening on the side of the pool where there’s a “flapper” and water goes in) which is usually halfway up the tile. The water under the cover provides the support for the snow on top of the cover. If the water level drops too low in the pool, there is nothing to support the heavy snow on top of the cover, which could result in a torn cover, broken cover tracks, or even broken coping- each of which is a big mess and a costly repair come time for spring opening.
  • Pump water off your automatic pool cover: When it gets very cold outside, the top few inches of water in the pool will freeze which will provide enough support for an enormous amount of snow (we’re talking lot’s of feet here). When the weather warms up a little bit and the snow on top of the cover melts, the water underneath the cover is also melting. Even though it’s still cold outside, it’s important to pump the water on top of the cover off so that next time it snows you’ll be starting fresh again. Luckily this is a service that can be taken care of when we’re visiting for your weekly route pool maintenance.
  • Check water level of pool regularly. It’s important to regularly check the water level in the pool, even if the pool has no known leaks. The water level can become low because heavy snow on top of the cover will push down and force water up and out of the pool into the cover box (where the cover mechanisms are).
  • Pool leaks can occur in the winter months. As you head into the winter months and get your pool winterized, you may not know that you already have a leak in your swimming pool, even though you haven’t noticed anything all summer. In the summer months, because your swimming pool is being regularly used, it’s easy to pass off a small leak as either “splash out” or “drag out” due to evaporation. A small leak in the winter time left unchecked can cause the problems listed above. Also, small leaks can form in the winter, even if the pool was winterized properly. The pool can crack in the winter just as easily as it does in the summer. Hairline cracks in the plaster that maybe weren’t leaking previously, may open up just enough to cause small leaks.
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