Question: Can you leave a pool uncovered in winter?

No, but winter covers protect your pool from stains, algae growth and poor water balance that could damage pool surfaces. However, if you want to close the pool, but keep it uncovered all winter, or if you need to delay purchasing a new cover until next fall – here are the steps we took to do it for our customer above.

Can I leave my pool uncovered?

Until you allow your swimming pool to be uncovered for 6 consecutive months or more, it may be hard to grasp, but your pools bottom is likely to be completely covered in a few months time. The weather will bring cold fronts, north winds, rain, sleet and snow to much of the region when the pool is not in use.

Why should I cover my pool in winter?

Fundamentally, swimming pool covers protect your pool from falling or blowing debris and can protect against pool related accidents. Covering your pool will also protect the shell of your pool in colder weather, making it less likely to crack than it would without a cover.

What happens if you dont close your pool in the winter?

The harsh weather conditions throughout the winter season can create potential damage to more than just the pipes. What happens when you dont winterize your pool is that the water could turn green with algae. If the chlorine system stops functioning, youll say adieu to the beautiful blue pool you know and love.

Is it better to keep a pool covered or uncovered?

Although you keep your swimming pool clean and maintain the equipment, getting a cover for that pool will cut down on energy use and costs, evaporation, and save you time. Its just one of those things that, sooner or later, youre going to have to buy. But hey, its never too late to cover your pool.

Should pool cover touch water?

The cover is designed to touch the surface of the water. So your pool should always be filled when covered, and the water level should never go below 18 inches from the top of the pool. Check the water level of the pool and fill it up if it goes below 18 inches.

Should you cover your pool when it rains?

When preparing your pool for a storm, leave it uncovered. Installing any kind of cover across the pool will not do much to protect against dust and contaminants because storms often bring strong winds and heavy rain that can cause the cover to lift off your pool.

When should I take the winter cover off my pool?

Its best not to try and remove the winter cover before the water is removed because you risk the chance of having the debris on top of the winter cover falling into the pool.

How do you close an inground pool without draining water?

Lower the water level to just below the mouth of the skimmer. This removes the water from the throat of the skimmer, which could easily sustain damage should water left there freeze. Also remove the water from the plumbing lines using a shop vac. Be sure to plug the empty lines to prevent them from refilling.

Can you cover a pool with a tarp?

CCS polypropylene mesh tarps are the best tarp for pool covers. They do an exceptional job blocking sunlight, which is essential for preventing algae growth when chemicals are not being added regularly. Polypropylene tarps are strong, too, so they can withstand the weight of ice and snow that builds up over the winter.

What color of a pool cover goes down?

black In most cases the black side of the cover goes down. Anchor the pool cover accordingly – for in ground pools youll use water tubes or in some cases sand bags to help weigh down the edges of the winter pool cover.

Is rainwater bad for a pool?

Rainwater is known to have acidic properties that can negatively affect your pool water chemistry balance. This can affect anything from the pH balance to alkalinity levels and more. Aside from rainwater falling directly into your pool being a bad thing, something even worse can happen.

What do you do if your pool freezes?

If the pool is already frozen more than 1/2″ thick, wait for a bit of a thaw before lowering, or break up the ice first before and while lowering the water level. For safety pool covers, be careful not to lower the pool more than 12″ below the tile line.

How much water should I leave in my pool for winter?

Its acceptable to drain the pool a few more inches below that if you live in an area that gets heavy precipitation during the winter months. Some pool professionals even suggest draining the water to as much as 6 inches below the skimmer — about the level of the bottom of the pools return jet.

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