After the summer swimming season is over, it's time to close down your pool for the winter. Not only does properly closing down your pool make it easier for you to open it next year, but it protects your pool from the cold weather. It's common for people to make mistakes when they close down their pools, which can result in severe pool damage. So, after your last swim, check out these three common, costly mistakes so that you can avoid hefty repair bills come spring.
Draining the Pool
It's a common misconception that you should drain your pool completely when you're finished using it for the summer. You might think that leaving a big block of ice in your pool for the winter would damage it, but that's actually not the case.
If you have an above-ground pool that's lined with vinyl, leaving it full throughout the winter keeps the vinyl protected and ensures that it will not shrink in the cold weather. If you have an inground pool, the water in the pool puts pressure on the pool's walls, which counteracts the pressure on the walls coming from the ground. So, by draining an inground swimming pool in the winter, there's a good chance your swimming pool's walls will end up cracked.
Skipping the Pool Cover
Pool covers are costly, so if you're trying to save a few bucks, you might be thinking about leaving your pool uncovered during the winter. However, if you leave your pool uncovered, the debris will destroy your pool.
Leaves will gather in the pool, and by spring, you'll be faced with a sludgy mess of leaves to clean up. Also, things like chunks of ice and sticks can rip your pool liner. So, don't skip the pool cover. It may be costly now, but it'll save you a lot of money and time in the long run.
Letting Debris Gather on Top of The Pool Cover
The pool cover is there to keep water, snow, ice, and debris out of your pool. However, you don't want to let that stuff sit on top of your pool cover all season long either.
As snow, leaves, and ice build up, they put unnecessary strain on the cover. This means the cover needs to work harder to keep things out of your pool. Also, the added weight could tear the cover completely, rendering it unusable. So, take the time to check your pool cover every couple of days. You need to make sure that it's secured properly and use a shop vac to remove any debris from the top of the cover.
Taking care of a swimming pool is a year-round job, the work doesn't stop when the swimming season ends. Fortunately, by avoiding these common, costly mistakes you're less likely to need a swimming pool repair service in the spring. For more information, contact a professional like those at Budget Pool & Spa Tech Inc.