When you decide to invest in a swimming pool for your backyard, you probably want it to last as long as possible. Getting the most out of your pool means keeping up with regular maintenance. Regular maintenance includes tasks like thoroughly cleaning, balancing chemicals, and keeping the entire pool safe at all times. There are many things you can do to lengthen the life of your pool through maintenance, but one of the most important things is to purchase a quality winter pool cover and put it to use when needed. Here is some helpful information on the importance of winter pool covers in the life span of your pool.
When the winter comes along (or maybe even the fall, depending on your climate), you will need to properly winterize your swimming pool in order to keep it safe and clean during the harsh and cold months of the year. Winterizing includes cleaning extra thoroughly (vacuuming, scrubbing, etc.), draining the water to below the skimmer line, chemically shocking the entire pool, and disconnecting all equipment. This is a complete shut down of your pool for the winter, so it must be done properly. After you have taken care of the cleaning and draining, you should cover your pool with a winter pool cover. Lay the cover over the top of the pool and secure it so that it does not move for the entire cold season. Having a quality winter cover will keep your pool from freezing over, collecting debris, and cracking when the weather is bitter cold. It must stay in place for the entire season, as it will lessen the amount of work that you will have to do when it comes time to open the pool back up.
So now that you know the importance of a winter pool cover, you should go out and purchase one. But where do you start? What should you look for? The first telling characteristic of a quality winter cover is a black underside. The reason that the cover should be black underneath is that it will keep light out of your pool that algae may have otherwise fed on and grown from. A black underside will keep your pool nice and algae free! The cover should also be lightweight, but heavy duty. It should not be too heavy for you to lift. If you are unable to lift it, then are you are not likely to use it when necessary. It will be too much of a pain. Your pool covers should also have a small amount of seam lines. Seam lines are vulnerable, so the lesser seams you have, the stronger your cover will be. It is not likely to rip with this type of set up.
Winter pool covers are essential in keeping your pool running safely for years and years to come. Make sure to use it whenever the weather gets cold, and look for the characteristics listed above when shopping for a quality winter pool cover. Take care of your pool and it will last.