During the winter months, it can be depressing to look at your pool and remember the fun of summer. You might be tempted to ignore your swimming pool until the first warm days of early summer. But during the winter, your pool and outdoor equipment are exposed to temperatures and conditions that can be very damaging. It is important that you prepare your swimming pool to withstand winter. But it is also essential that you check your pool regularly throughout the winter season. In Canada, our winters can be very harsh, and winter damage can shorten an already narrow summer swimming period. Make sure to get the most out of your swimming pool by taking care of it all year long.
Close your pool properly each winter
The first step to avoiding winter damage to your swimming pool is to prepare your pool for the worst. Your pool and equipment are designed to function in the heat of the summer and to survive the winter – as long as you treat them properly.
Winterizing your swimming pool, swimming pool pump, heater, and pool plumbing correctly is step one in preparing your pool for winter. The key to winterizing correctly is taking the time to get to know each part of your swimming pool, and ensuring you treat it properly for the months ahead. We can help you find everything you need to winterize your pool here.
If you’re not confident closing your swimming pool properly yourself, we recommend getting a professional to help you get ready. We can help you get your pool closed and winterized. When summer comes and your pool opens with no problems, you’ll be glad you did.
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Check on your pool regularly
It can be easy to close down the pool and forget about it until the springtime. This is especially true for people who really only use the backyard for swimming during the summer. But, it is very important that you check on your pool regularly each winter to make sure each part is in good shape.
Fallen branches, trees, blocks of ice, and even animals can cause damage to your pool and equipment. Take the time every few days to take a peek at your pool. Walk around the perimeter to check for signs of damage, animals or snow or moisture buildup that may cause problems in the long run. By addressing these hazards immediately, you can minimize damage or even avoid it completely.
Prevent snow, water, and moisture buildup
For Toronto swimming pool owners, snowfall that sticks around tends to be a minimal concern. But we do have very wet winters in Ontario. This means that ice, rain and snow all pose a risk to your pool, particularly when the temperature is varying.
If you’ve noticed an accumulation of snow, ice or water on or around your pool during the winter, try to clear as much as possible. This will help you avoid ice damage, a misplaced foundation, and a muddy fiasco when it comes time to open in the spring.
Keep the pool safe each winter
When the snow starts to fly, it can be tempting for young kids to make use of every part of the yard for fun – and this can include the swimming pool. Many kids are tempted to use the pool as part of their snow forts and play areas in the winter.
Not only is this a safety concern that should always be avoided, even the safest pools can sustain damage through winter stress. Make sure to alert your family members to steer clear of the pool in winter months for their own safety, and to preserve your swimming pool. Finding out about surprise damage in the spring will cause stress and more damage.
Make sure you open and maintain correctly
Winters are harsh, but summer also brings along its own harsh conditions for a swimming pool. Sun, chlorine, constant use and moisture can all lead to damage over time. To ensure your pool lasts through the winter, the care you provide each summer is essential.
Make sure you open your swimming pool correctly each summer season. Take a look at all of your swimming pool equipment, and make any repairs as needed. Make sure to clean, shock and balance your pool as recommended, and that you aren’t operating with any damage or missing parts.
Once your pool is open, make sure that your pool chemistry is maintained throughout the season. This will prevent your equipment from getting dried out and damaged, which can lead to cracking during cold winters.
Change your setup as needed
If you’ve noticed that there is a winter issue that your pool faces that could be fixed with a small change, the summer is the perfect time to do it. Moving a flower bed that causes snow buildup or looking into installing a safety cover are all perfect pool chores to take care of during the summer.
Make the most of the summer season
In Toronto, we have really limited time to enjoy swimming outside each summer season. Winter damage to your pool can delay opening, and make your pool function less adequately each summer. Beyond that, the opening season is a very busy one for pool professionals, and it may be difficult to find the help you need if you are in need of a sudden repair.