During the winter months, homeowners typically do not have to worry about their pools quite as much. With the cold temperatures and lack of sunlight, algae tends not to grow. With this in mind, a lot of pool-people tend to wait until late into the spring to open their pool. This may save you a few bucks, but it also gives algae time to grow. With a solid safety cover it is usually fine to wait, but if you have a mesh cover or poly cover, there are a few minor steps you should take to ensure that your pool is pristine upon opening.
Every few weeks pull up a corner of your cover, and depending on your pool's size, put in a few pounds of shock.
Next, take your brush and brush the chlorine out toward the center of the pool. Doing so will circulate the water as well as spread the chlorine throughout the pool. Every time you do this, do it on the opposite corner.
Another step you can take is to clean the debris off of your cover. If you wait for a dry spell, you may be able to use a leaf blower. If the debris are just too wet, your net or brush on your telescopic pole makes a good rake. We recommend using a leaf net. With the leaf net, you can drag the debris from the top of your cover, bag it in the yard, and return the net to the cover.
Taking these steps throughout the winter months will lighten the load come spring.
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