Choosing a winter pool cover is an extremely important part of getting your pool ready for winter (see Parts 1, 2 & 3). There are, however, some other accessories and pieces of equipment that you’ll need to make sure your pool winterizing process goes as smoothly as possible. These supplies can help keep your pool’s water chemically balanced as well as help get rid of any debris that ends up getting onto the pool cover.
In this article, we’ll discuss a variety of different items you’ll want to stock up on before you close down your backyard oasis for the winter.
Pool Winterizing Equipment
Pool Cover Patch Kit
The first item you’ll want to have on hand is a pool cover patch kit. No matter which pool cover option you go with, there’s a possibility that you may end up with a bit of damage from a storm, fallen limb, or constant exposure to the elements. If so, your patch kit will definitely come in handy.
Winter Chemical Kit
Another type of kit you should stock up on is a winter chemical kit. These kits are useful for maintaining a healthy chemical balance in the pool’s water throughout the winter months. If you use one, you may see slower algae growth and fewer stains, making your pool opening go better in the spring.
Pool Air Pillows
If you have an above ground pool, don’t forget to get some air pillows. These ingeniously designed pockets of air serve a very important purpose. They can keep pressure from building up too high around your pool’s walls if the temperature gets below freezing. A secondary function of the air pillows is to help prevent water and debris from accumulating on top of the pool cover.
You’ll also want to invest in a few leaf-catching nets. They go right on top of the cover. That way, if debris, branches, and leaves end up on top of the cover, you can simply pull the net off and get rid of them. They’re designed to be easy to move so periodic winter debris removal will be a cinch with these nets.
Pool Cover Broom
Finally, you’ll need a broom. Make sure to get one that’s specifically intended for removing snow from a pool safety cover. You should be able to locate one at a pool supply store or online from a pool equipment retail website. A regular broom may have bristles that are too harsh and would damage your pool cover.
Making sure that you have the right equipment is an essential part of getting your pool ready for the winter. With a broom, leaf catching nets, air pillows, winter chemical kits, and a pool cover patch kit, you’ll have the tools you need to start preparing your pool for winter. Last but not least, don’t forget the pool cover!
In our final article in this series, we will look at some questions that many pool owners have about pool covers. Once you know the answers to these questions you’ll be well on your way to deciding which of the winter pool cover options will work best for your pool.
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