The summer seems so short here in New England. But there is no doubt it is more enjoyable with a swimming pool!
We hope you had a great season, and we thank you for all of your business. We look forward to serving you again next year.
I am sure by now that your pool has been properly closed and winterized for the season. Keep in mind however, there are still some things you can do in the off-season to make sure your pool is in good shape for Spring. Most of you have mesh safety covers on your pools for the winter. These allow rain water and snow melt to pass through. It is a good idea to keep an eye on the level of your pool under the cover. I find the easiest way to do this is by removing the lid to your skimmer and seeing the height of the water. (Note: If you see water “on top of the cover”, the water in the pool is too high. Water can’t accumulate on top of a mesh cover, so the cover is simply resting on the top of the pool water. This means that the water is too high) For those of you with tile in your pool, it is important that you drain the water below the tile before it freezes. You can risk losing some tiles if they are exposed to freezing water. You also want to make sure that the water level is not too low. Most manufacturers say that the water level should not be more than 18” below the height of the cover. The reason is that if we get a heavy snow load over the winter, the water in the pool actually helps to support the cover. Without that, the cover is likely to tear and the springs securing it to the deck may break.
Yes, there are still some of you out there with a solid cover. The important thing here is don’t allow too much water to accumulate on top of the cover. When it rains, try to pump some of that water off. Keep in mind that you may have to add some water under the cover if it looks too low. A dry cover will allow you to keep the water bags in the right spot on the deck and there is less chance of the cover falling in.
Some of our customers also like to add some chemicals to the pool during the off-season. Nothing has been proven, but experience shows that it may help. Our recommendation is to add some algecide to the pool before it freezes and again after the thaw in the Spring. For most mesh covers, the Algecide can be poured right through the cover and rinsed through with the hose water. Some customers even take back part of the cover in the deep end and add some liquid shock. Then they take a brush and stir up the water a little bit. Just be careful not to splash it on the cover or the liner. If you do, be sure to rinse it off right away.
Contact us if you have any questions, we would be happy help. Thank you.