If you are a new pool owner, you may not understand why a solar cover is important for your La Grange home. The truth is that a solar cover pulls double duty and we are going to talk more about that in this article. Understanding the importance of a solar cover will allow you to feel good about investing the extra money into this piece of equipment for your pool.
What Is a Solar Cover for Your Pool?
A solar cover pulls double duty because it helps to keep your pool heated and it helps to keep debris out of your pool. You may be wondering if there is any other reason besides for computer that you want to keep a solar cover on to warm your pool. Yes, there is. Of course, you want to stay comfortable and have a nice warm pool whenever you get in to swim but you are also going to save energy when you have a solar cover warming your pool. Instead of having to have your heater on in the pool, it is already warm. Another point of why you are going to want a solar cover is because having a solar cover keep your pool from evaporating. In some places, you can actually lose 4-6 foot of water each year because of evaporation.
How to Use Your Solar Cover Properly
Now that you want a solar cover, how do you use it properly? You want to make the solar cover work for you instead of being an annoyance and there are ways that you can make sure that your solar cover is a good thing instead of a bother. When you get your solar cover, you need to spread it over the top of your pool water. It is going to look like a big piece of bubble wrap, but you need to make sure that you do not pop it. It is not bubble wrap. Put the bubble side down on your pool and spread it out over the entire pool surface. If you have a strangely shaped pool, you can always cut the extra off the sides so that it isn’t in your way. Another thing to think about is getting a reel that you can wind your solar cover up on so you don’t have to pull it off your pool manually every time. If you don’t want to get a reel to put your solar cover on, you can always cut your solar cover into smaller pieces so that it makes it easier for you to remove it. Pulling off smaller pieces of the solar cover is going to be a lot easier than trying to manage a single piece that is on your pool but getting a reel to put it on is even easier. You can get one with wheels so you can roll it away or you can choose to have it mounted on your pool. Once swimming season is over you are going to need to roll this solar cover up and put the safety cover on. Make sure you get all of the water off of it before storage so there won’t be any mold.
A pool cover maintenance checklist will make life easier when you are trying to make sure that everything goes well in the offseason with your pool. If you aren’t sure what to do, it can be stressful. It can also be stressful if you can’t remember what you were supposed to do. Having a pool maintenance checklist will enable you to rest much easier.
Pool Cover and Pool Maintenance Checklist
So, your pool cover is in place and you are taking stock of the necessary pool maintenance. Maybe you are getting a little stressed out because you love your pool so much and you don’t want to do anything wrong. Don’t worry, it’s not as big of a deal as you might think. You are going to be totally fine. Here are some simple things to remember when it comes to your pool cover and pool maintenance. 1 – Make sure you keep all water off of your pool cover. You can get a pool cover pump and remove the water right away. These pumps are easy to use and lightweight, so don’t worry that it is going to be a big problem. 2 – Remove dirt and debris from your pool cover. While the pool cover is very durable, you need to make sure that you keep all dirt and debris off. You can do that by using a soft pool brush or a normal broom. 3 – When you are treating the pool, make sure to leave the pool cover off for at least 2 hours after you’ve finished your pool maintenance. Make sure to keep pets and children away from the pool whenever the cover is open. 4 – Retract the cover once a week so that you can make sure there are no built up gases inside of your pool from the chemicals that you use to treat it. 5 – Keep an eye on the fabric of the pool cover when you go out to take a look. You want to make sure nothing ripped or frayed it. If you see it is worn, you want to replace it as soon as possible. The aforementioned points are very important when it comes to your pool maintenance so make sure that you pay close attention and to these points so that you can keep your pool safe and sound and make sure it will be ready for next swimming season.
Owning Your Own Swimming Pool
Owning your own swimming pool is a great experience and being able to easily take care of it because of the developments in technology, you may have noticed it is much easier than years ago when you were a child. The joys that you get from having your own private backyard paradise greatly outweigh any other work that is required due to having your own pool. Your kids, pets and of course yourself and your friends are going to enjoy your new addition and when you speak with professionals, it is pain-free to get started!
If you want to know what the best option of swimming pool cover would suit you, you must consider the personal needs and preferences of your loved ones. You must also consider the size of your pocket. There are numerous choices to choose from and the manner in which each cover functions.
These cover, is mounted permanently in place. With one push of the button, you can automatically cover and uncover the swimming pool. You can get them in lots of different types, most of which you can use all year round. Their more firm design seals out foreign matter and makes it extremely hard for anybody to fall in by mistake; furthermore, these covers as well minimize evaporation and keep the swimming pool warm.
These ones are created from heavy duty materials, built to protect your pool from freezing temperatures during the winter months. You can use winter covers all year; however, they are difficult to take on and off, and thus they are usually used in winter when you are closing your pool. Similar to other types of covers, these covers keep out debris and minimize evaporation, along with providing thermal protection against decreasing sunlight and freezing, which helps to stop the growth of algae. This cover is relatively light, meaning it has to be anchored around the perimeter of your swimming pool, and, similar to a solar cover, a winter cover cannot hold weight, so it provides no protection pets and kids.
Solar Pool Cover
These are a favorite option since they are easy to install and inexpensive. With a design much like translucent bubble wrap, solar pool covers are made to soak up the sun’s heat in the daytime and keep holding this heat when the temperature outside drops during the night. In addition to being the only pool cover that can increase the temperature of water, solar pool covers reduce evaporation, minimizing the need to top up your pool water and regulate its chemical levels which, in turn, decreases your maintenance costs. But remember that most solar covers are relatively thin and so they are not made to support the weight of humans. This implies that everybody with small kids or pets should take extra care.
Safety Pool Covers
Safety pool covers are perfect for most families since they can be used all year round, and they are made to support weight, which stops animals and people from falling into the swimming pool. There are two main kinds of safety pool covers: Mesh and solid. Mesh covers: keep debris and leave out while also permitting melting snow and rain to seep through into the swimming pool. The drawback is that this outside water could make your pool quite filthy over the winter season; however, it also means that you do not have to be concerned about accumulating water weighing the pool cover down. Solid safety covers: alternatively, are made of a solid vinyl material, are extremely effective in protecting your swimming pool from sunlight and debris; but they do not permit water to pass through, so they usually have a drain panel or need a pump so as to stop precipitation from building up on top over the winter months. By finding the time to explore all of your pool cover options, you will be able to easily identify a cover to suit your budget and the needs of both you and your loved ones.
Just like that summer is over in a blink of an eye, all the summer parties are over and the sun is starting to hide behind the clouds. With all the cold weather on the horizon, your pool needs to be taken care pronto so you can spend many more summers enjoying a pool. This is a guide to help you with closing your pool for the winter.
10 Simple Steps for Closing Your Inground Swimming Pool For The Winter
1. Balance the pH Adjust your pH levels in the pool. We recommend doing this a few days to a week prior to closing your pool, to make sure that further adjustment isn’t required. Shocking the pool with granular chlorine is best done before closing the pool, but this also should be done 1 week prior to closing. This allows the chlorine level to drop before you put your pool cover on. High chlorine levels can and will weaken your winter pool cover. Be careful not to allow highly chlorinated pool water to contact your winter pool cover. 2. Clean your pool thoroughly.
If you want your pool looking clean when you TAKE OFF the cover, it’s best to clean it before you PUT ON the cover. Debris and algae left in the pool prior to closing will dilute the strength of your pool chemicals, as these chemicals work on organic matter left in the pool, there is less available for preventing algae growth during the winter. 3. Lower the pool water.
For mesh safety covers, this level should be 8-12″ below the tile. For solid pool covers, 3-5″ below the tile. If you have an in ground vinyl liner, you can also use a product called an Aquador, which is much like tupperware for your skimmer. It snaps on the front of the skimmer so you don’t need to lower the water level at all. 4. Add your winter pool chemicals.
Many pool owners use a pool closing kit that contains: algaecide, borate floaters, stain & scale and some non-chlorine shock. Following the instructions on the package, they usually recommend adding the chemicals before lowering the pool water, however we recommend adding them after lowering the water level, so that the concentration is stronger. Distribute the chemicals evely over the pool surface, and use your pool brush to help. If you have a mesh safety cover, we recommend using a pool enzyme product to help control algae growth during the winter. It’s also helpful to check the water chemistry during mid spring, about a month before opening, and add another quart of algaecide or refill the floating chemical dispenser. 5. Clean the pool filter thoroughly. For DE filters, remove the assembly from the filter tank and hose very clean to remove all DE powder. DE powder left to dry on the grids during the winter can cause clogging of the fabric, creating filtration problems next spring. If you have a cartridge filter, the same rule applies, remove the cartridge and hose very thoroughly. After you’ve blown out the lines, place your grid assembly or filter cartridge back in the tank for safekeeping during the winter. Make sure that you secure the filter lid and clamp band tightly before and after blowing out the lines. Loose or improperly secured filter clamp bands can cause the filter lid to blow off during start-up, with disastrous results. 6. Remove drain plugs from pump(s), filter, heater, chlorinators. Inspect all the pipes and every piece of equipment, looking for and removing any drain plugs. Open all directional valves to allow water level to fall to the level of the water in the pool. 7. Blow out the lines with compressed air. This is the most important step in the process. Blowing out the equipment and plumbing will ensure that there no water is left that can freeze and cause damage. If you don’t blow out the lines, make sure your equipment is completely drained, and that you add non-toxic pool antifreeze to your plumbing lines. 8. Plug the lines. Use freeze plugs, or expansion plugs to plug all skimmers, returns, cleaner lines. 9. Add skimmer bottles. Plug the skimmers with rubber freeze plugs, then use a 1 qt or 1 gallon bottle, empty except for a few inches of either antifreeze or small pebbles. This will weigh the bottle down and allow it to float partially submerged. When the water rises in the skimmer and freezes, the expansion of the ice will collapse the bottle and not the outside walls of your skimmer. 10. Shut off power to the pump, by turning off the circuit breaker. It’s also a good idea to remove any timer dogs on the timeclock, just in case someone turns the breaker back on during the winter. Closing the swimming pool at the end of summer may be sad, but Premier Pools and Spas wants to make sure you do it successfully so you can spend many, many more summers jumping in and hosting parties. With a job done successfully, you get rewarded for the next summer you get to dive in or make a splash to beat the summer heat.