With summer in full swing, the last thing you're probably thinking about is how to deal with your first winter with a swimming pool in the yard. While you might think that all you need to do is winterize the pool and cover it, there are a few things you need to be attentive to. Here are a couple of common problems you might encounter after you've secured the cover for the winter.
Water Pooling On The Cover
Winter weather brings with it a lot of moisture in the form of rain, ice, and snow. All of this water can build up on the surface of your pool cover. If you've installed a hard pool cover, this isn't as much of a concern, but with a soft pool cover, it can lead to flooding, stretching, and other problems.
Having any kind of standing water on your pool cover can be hazardous to your property because the water provides an environment that's perfect for things like mosquitoes, worms, and other insects to breed and thrive. As birds try to eat these insects, they risk damaging the soft pool cover. It's important to keep the cover dry for this reason. You can clear excess water off the cover easily with a pump designed to draw standing water off pool covers.
Lawn Debris On The Cover
When you're using a soft pool cover, another common threat is lawn debris. Whether it's sticks, leaves, acorns, or other debris, it can not only weigh down your cover and cause it to stretch, it can also put the cover at risk of punctures from sticks and such. Stretching is an even greater risk when you have a lot of leaves on the cover and it rains. The water adds weight, especially when it saturates the leaves. Keep the cover swept clean at all times to avoid this risk. If the cover gets punctured by a stick, it can introduce bacteria into the water. With the water sitting through the season, that can spell disaster for your early spring opening.
Lost Pool Cover
Failing to properly secure your pool cover can also leave you at risk of problems. Even if your pool area is fairly isolated through the cold season, high winds and winter weather can be enough to break the cover loose. If that happens, it's likely to fall into the pool. Not only can this damage the cover, it can also introduce bacteria into the water. Avoid this by inspecting the cover every few weeks as well as before and after any major storms.