8 Tips for Protecting Your Inground Swimming Pool from Harsh Weather

Dale KreviazukPool Maintenance, Pool Renovations

When the weather is warm, it is all fun and games, yet do you know what to do to safeguard your inground swimming pool from rainy, cold, harsh winter weather? Pools don’t like extreme cold – there are many things the cold will do to damage the equipment and pool. That is why UV Pools suggests that inground swimming pool owners be proactive and take measures to close their swimming pools in the winter season.

Besides closing the pool at the correct time, UV pools is sharing other pro tips about how to safeguard your inground swimming pool from harsh weather such as snow, hail, thunderstorms, wind and heavy rain, hurricanes and much more.

Winterizing the Pool

When a swimming pool isn’t in use, it is important that you close it for the winter months.

Water Balance

Start by testing the water for balance. Water balance comprises of 3 key parts: calcium hardness levels, alkalinity levels, and pH levels. You must ensure that those elements all are in balance before moving on to other measures in the process of pool closing.

Winterizing Chemicals

Add in a winterizing chemical kit to the pool to safeguard it from the cold, harsh weather.

Drain Water from the Pipes

You also will want to ensure the water is drained from the pipes and that they stay under pressure all winter long. That way, you’ll avoid lines that fill with water and freezing as the temperatures drop below 32 for extended time periods.

Best Use of Pool Covers

In colder places, pool closing is made to protect the pool from animals, debris, and snow. Make sure that your winter swimming pool cover is securely connected to the pool.

Inground swimming pools should have water bags secured, the customized winter swimming pool cover tied down, as well as all safety elements in place.

Check for any Debris

Occasionally remove all debris from the pool cover. In addition, you might want to make use of a pool brush in order to get snow off of the pool cover, as this excessive weight may cause damage to the pool. Automatic cover pumps help remove excess snow or water from the cover top to decrease strain on cover itself or the anchors.

Be Cautious of Ice on the Pool Cover

Ice also can form on the top of your pool cover; however, you’ll want to wait until it thaws or melts to remove it. Breaking the ice up into shards may cause the pool cover to tear or rip, destroying it.

Continuous Chemistry Checks

For the majority of pools, when the pool isn’t being used, it is a good idea to check the pool chemistry every 2 months. Incorrectly balanced pools may be a breeding ground for the growth of bacteria and algae.

However, if your swimming pool is under 2 years old, you will want to check your pool chemistry’s more frequently – about one time per month.

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