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Ok, we hate to say it on a gor­geous 90-degree August after­noon, but it’s time to start think­ing about winter-time pool care. If you have a  swim­ming pool cover, you know that it can be a siz­able invest­ment, so you want to make you are pro­tect­ing it from the win­ter ele­ments.  Here are some tips.

1. Keep about an inch of water on top of the pool cover to weight it down.  The high winds of win­ter can blow your pool cover around or even off.  Keep this water level to a min­i­mum and on warm days when excess snow and ice melt, use a pump to reduce the amount of water that has built up.

 

There are also a num­ber of prod­ucts, such as water bags, that can serve as weights for your pool cover.

 

2. Dead tree limbs are the pri­mary cause of holes in pool cov­ers over the win­ter.  This is a bit of drag if your pool is sur­rounded by trees… so hire a tree spe­cial­ist to remove any dead or over­hang­ing limbs that may dam­age the cover.  You can also pur­chase a swim­ming pool leaf net that installs right over the cover and yet allows water to drain through.  Once the leaves fall for the year you can just pull off the net.

3. Keep the pump on top of your pool cover free from leaves and debris so that it can work prop­erly.   Here’s a secret tip.  Place the pump in a 5-gallon bucket that has small holes drilled into it.  That way it will con­tinue to pump out water with­out get­ting clogged with debris.

 

Fol­low­ing these sim­ple steps will not only save you money, but will save you tons of win­ter frus­tra­tion as well.  We can assist you in find­ing just the right pool cover and show you how to make sure it sur­vives our North­west win­ter intact.

As always, just give us a call.

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