The inevitable result is that the owner uncovers the pool to discover a world of unnecessary work and expense that could have been avoided with a little extra work during the winter. The extra winter work can save thousands in repair costs and can make your pool last longer than the warranty says the pool will last.
These simple steps are winter care musts for any pool.
1) Watch the weather
The amount of care that your pool needs in the winter is in part related to the potential for freezing weather. All mechanical and electrical parts of the pool need to be checked for leaks, proper function, and wiring failure before and after a freeze.
Naturally, the number of times that this extra work is done depends on the climate. Adding chlorine and algaecide before a freeze may prevent the water from freezing at all.
The simple idea here is to spot a maintenance problem when it starts so that the repair work and expense are minimized.
2) Clean and protect the cover
The winter cover for your pool should be looked on as a trusted and valuable friend. You paid a good bit for the cover and taking a bit of care with the cover will make it last and do the protection job for your pool that it was designed to do.
The best way to protect your cover from destruction is to cut limbs that hang over the pool before they get an opportunity to freeze, break off, and cut a hole in the cover.
Do not let ice, water, or leaves collect on the cover. You need to inspect the cover at least every week. Dry debris can be dealt with using a leaf blower. Water can be removed with a shop vacuum or a sump pump. A floatation pillow under center of the pool cover will push ice, water, and debris to the edges of the pool. You have easier access to the debris and faster cleanup.
3) Dealing with winter gunk
Your algaecide is designed to minimize the growth of living organisms that can visit your pool in the air. Alga does not die in the winter. A shot of algaecide into the water left in the pool in the middle of the winter prevents extra spring cleaning.
Much of the unwelcome material that gets deposited in your pool in the winter is not organic. You cannot stop the material from getting into the pool but you can eliminate the clogging of the pumps and pipes by using an enzyme product that keeps the foreign matter in solution and off the pool walls and floor.