Tips For Keeping Inground Pools Intact During Winter

by Pool Builders on 10-11-2009 in Articles

You do not just install an inground pool cover then leave it to fend for itself for the rest of winter. It needs to be constantly checked and maintained. You might as well not have installed one if you will not maintain it anyway.

Water tubes, for example, break easily. These water tubes are attached to the edges of the pool cover in order to secure it in place. You need to constantly check and immediately replace damaged ones. Without it, the unsecured part of your inground pool cover could fall into the pool, or worse, the wind can get under it through its unsecured parts and blow the whole thing off.

Do not use flower pots, stone blocks, rocks or any other heavy object to secure the cover's edges. These may be heavy, but these do not have anything to secure them in place. These can slowly be dragged down into the pool as the cover gradually sags into the pool. This could shatter the tiles on the pool floor or cause other severe damages.

Snow and rain will regularly accumulate on the cover as well. Too much of those will weigh down heavily on it causing it to get stretched and damaged. Other debris such as dried leaves and tree branches may add to the weight as well. Regularly remove any dirt and debris, and pump off excess water on your inground pool cover to relieve it from any weight that may be stressing it.

The water level inside the pool should also be monitored regularly. If you notice a decrease in the water level, it means you have a leak. You can't fix the leak for now. Just replace the spilled water. Keep the water level in your pool high because this way, the water can also provide support to the cover.

If you accomplish all of these, you can be sure to have a quick opening in the spring and have more time enjoying your swimming pool.

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