There are several options available for closing up your pool for the winter, and for many people it’s a pool cover. There are pros and cons to all the options, including this one, so let’s talk about the benefits and disadvantages concerning pool covers.
Primarily, pool covers are meant to prevent leaves and other debris from getting in the pool water and clogging up the drains and vents. A cover also keeps the chemicals in the water from evaporating over the winter season. Be sure to understand that off-season pool covers are not meant to be safety covers, which have a different set of weight-bearing regulations. If you don’t have a safety cover, you should absolutely have a pool safety fence installed.
Standard pool covers are not designed to be solar covers, which are used during summer to keep the heat retained in the pool water. Solar covers do nothing to keep debris out of the water or prevent algae from growing.
Pool covers can be made of a hard vinyl or a softer mesh material. These materials are made to stand up against the hot sun over extended periods of time. A well-made pool cover will stay in place when you put it on until you remove it the following swimming season. These covers lie below the pool deck surface and are held in place by Aqua Bloks, which are filled with water to weight the edges of the cover down and keep it from sinking.
The benefit of hard pool covers is affordability, as well as hardly any evaporation of water and chemicals, as well as keeping the water clean. All of this adds up to money saved.
A disadvantage of these pool covers is that they do need some maintenance through the winter. Because they lie on top of the water in the pool, a big puddle of water and debris gathers on top of the cover. This needs to be pumped off the cover with a pool cover pump to avoid it becoming a slimy mess. If this is not done, then it will be almost impossible not to dump contaminated water into your clean pool water. Small creatures can also get into that debris and water and not be able to get out, thus drowning.
A leaf net on top of the cover will allow you to easily remove leaves and other debris before they break down and decompose. A pump is still needed to get the standing water off the cover.
A mesh cover can also be used, but they are much less effective at controlling algae and you will have to do more maintenance and chemical replacements when the swimming season comes back around.
For more information on pool covers and how to choose the best one for you, please give us a call here at Cooper Pools or post your questions below!