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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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