In our first article, we looked at some of the most basic ways you can help your pool water to look as clean and sparkling as possible when you open it in the spring. First of all, you need to clean it thoroughly and make sure the chemicals are balanced. Second, you need to find out the best way to prepare your pool based on the type of pool cover you have. That’s the topic we’re going to cover in this article.
First, we’ll look at how to prepare your pool if you have a mesh safety cover, which is a type of debris cover.
Mesh Pool Safety Covers Are Hard to Keep Clean
Safety pool covers are a great idea at any time of the year, but they’re especially helpful for winter. You definitely don’t want any animals or people to either purposefully try to enter or accidentally fall into your winterized pool. If someone were to do so, there’s a high risk that they could end up getting seriously injured.
Mesh safety covers are a debris cover, which means they do allow rain and melted snow to drip into the pool while trapping debris such as dirt and leaves on top of them. All of those wet leaves can end up making the water that enters the pool pretty dirty.
There are different types of mesh covers that allow in more or less sunlight. The most expensive ones block out 99% of the light from the pool while the less expensive ones keep out around 95% of the light. The more sunlight your mesh pool cover allows through it, the more likely you will see a significant amount of algae growing in the pool. The bigger the openings in the mesh, the more fine particles of silt will be able to slip through into the water as well. Overall, mesh covers tend to be a real challenge to keep clear of debris over the winter.
How to Prepare Your Pool for Winter if You Have a Mesh Safety Cover
If you do own a mesh safety cover, consider closing your pool later in the year than you would if you had an isolation cover. If you live in a cold climate, you’ll still want to close the pool before temperatures dip down below freezing at night. Try to put it off until just before those freezing temperatures start to hit. Then in the spring open your pool up right away when you’re confident that the freezing temperatures are over for the year. It may seem strange to open the pool up well before you plan to swim in it, but this will give you more time to get the pool water clean and clear and allow less time for the water to lie dormant under that mesh cover.
As you can see, mesh pool covers probably aren’t the best option for keeping your pool water clean and clear during the winter. In our next article, we’ll look at some of the different types of isolation covers available on the market. These would provide a more effective barrier to prevent dirt and debris from entering the pool.
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