In most parts of the country, fall is definitely in the air and the time to put your swimming pool to sleep is very near. How will you cover your pool for those cold, rainy, snowy winter months? Many cover options are available. Let’s discuss some.
One type of cover is an anchored cover, sometimes also referred to as a safety cover. If you have a concrete patio around your pool, this type of cover can be installed. If you have pavers around your pool, this type of cover can be installed. With pavers, the installer will also need to add Paver Rods to hold the anchors in place. The installer would drill a series of small holes in the concrete or pavers to install the anchors. The springs on the cover would attach to these anchors. In the summer months when the pool is in used, these anchors will be flush with your patio.
The Safety Cover could be manufactured with MESH material or SOLID material. The MESH material will allow rain water or melted snow in your pool but no trash. The amount of fine particulates and sunlight that enter your pool are determined by the grade of mesh used to make the cover. When you remove this type of cover when you open your pool, your pool water may not be clean for swimming right away. You may need to run your filter a few days to clear the water. This type of cover is light weight and easy to install.
The SOLID safety cover will not allow any water or sunlight into your pool. If you closed your pool with clear water and put some winterizing chemicals in the water, when this cover is removed, you may be able go swimming right away. This cover is available with a pump that will pump off rain water or melted snow or with a MESH panel in the center that will allow the water and a small amount of sunlight into your pool.
If a Safety Cover is not for you, use a regular winter cover that has water tubes that hold it in place. This type of cover overlaps your pool about two feet all around and water tubes are filled half full to have the weight to hold this cover down on this two foot overlap. Do not fill the water tubes all the way, the water inside will freeze and cause the tube to split. Your local pool dealer will be glad to show you these cover option
pH levels that are too low or too high can cause damage to your spa and to it’s equipment, especially the heating element. High pH levels can also lead to scale build up. Alkalinity acts as a buffer for the pH to help prevent rapid fluctuations. Stabilizer helps prevent sunlight from stripping chlorine or bromine out of your water.
Most spas also have a cartridge filter that needs to be kept clean and replaced on a regular basis. It’s a good idea to have a replacement filter on hand. The one that is dirty, you can soak overnight in a filter solution and put the other filter in to keep the spa operating.