4 Winter Care and Maintenance Tips for your Mesh Swimming Pool Cover

Mesh pool covers are perfect for covering and protecting your pool during those cold winter months. With the winter season upon us, here are some things to keep your eye on to ensure that your mesh pool cover and pool are properly cared for while we wait for summer to return!

1. Tightness
Your mesh cover should remain tightly stretched across the pool. The tightness should resemble a trampoline. At first installation, the springs are compressed at 90%. Over time, the tension will decrease and lead to more sagging. If you notice that your cover is indeed sagging, this can be remedied by tightening the springs. A description of this process should be found in the instructions included with the cover at installation.

2. Water Level
During the winter months, the water level of the pool should not be more than 18 inches below the top of the pool. This is important for supporting the weight of snow on your mesh pool cover. Allowing the water level to drop below 18 inches may put excessive stress on the cover.

3. Cover Strength
As you may have seen in advertisements, mesh safety covers are proven strong enough to hold large amounts of weight, and are designed to support the weight of a child or adult in an emergency. However, the manufacturer does not recommend walking on it or deliberately placing large amounts of weight on it. The weight of snow on your mesh pool cover will not be an issue, but don’t put more strain on the pool cover than necessary!

4. Chemical Treatment
If you take proper care of you pool and mesh pool cover during the winter, you should be ready to go for reopening your pool easily in the spring. Approximately one month before opening your pool in the spring, chlorine and algaecide should be added to the water. This will keep your pool water clear, clean and safe.

If you’re looking to purchase or learn more about mesh pool covers, visit Professional Pool Services at 1604 Mt. Nebo Road
 in Sewickley, Pa. (15143). Or give us a call at 412-741-4774 and we will be happy to assist with all of your pool needs!

Buy Your Pool its Own “Watchdog”

You keep a close eye on your belongings – and now you can keep a better eye on your pool than ever before.

The Pool Watchdog Swimming Pool Safety Cam helps you easily keep watch on your pool when you’re not home. The wireless camera works with your internet router to give you a picture in full-color, with night vision and motion detection included. Installation takes just minutes.

For busy parents, the Pool Watchdog is a great tool for keeping kids safe. You can come and go from the pool area while never letting children or other swimmers go unwatched. If someone trips the motion detection on the camera while you are away from home, you can set the system to give you text or email alerts.

There is a Watchdog app available for both Android and iOS operating systems, which you can use to view a live stream of your pool while you’re on the go. You can also stream footage to a computer or television screen.

This product is great for winter, as it can show you if any debris has landed on your pool cover while you are away fro the holidays. Plus, it’s weatherproof, so no matter what the weather, your Watchdog will keep an eye out for you.

For more information on pricing and getting a Pool Watchdog camera of your own, call Professional Pool Services at 412-741-4774 or send an email to info@professionalpoolservices.com.

 

Closing Up Your Inground Pool for Winter

So before sunny days make way for snowy ones, you need to close up your inground pool for the fall and winter. Here are the steps you need to take to get the job done right.

  1. Don’t leave anything in the pool! Be sure that is it properly cleaned, which includes removing any toys and accessories. Then, be sure to skim and vacuum the pool to be sure that you didn’t miss anything.
  2. Be sure to balance your pool before you close it up for the season. This means adjusting your PH levels, alkalinity, and calcium hardness. Your next step will be shocking your pool with chlorine. Once your pool’s chlorine level gets back to 1 to 3 parts per million, you can add an algaecide made to work over a long period of time to clear the pool of algae and prevent it from forming throughout the winter.
  3. You’ll need to remove some water to prevent freezing mishaps throughout the winter. Depending on the cover you will use, how much you need to reduce your water level, ranging from 3 to 18 inches below the skimmer. Be sure to drain your pumps, filters, heaters, etc, by opening their drains and give them a good cleaning. Don’t forget to empty out the water line running to your pool, also, as well as add an antifreeze.
  4. Once you’ve found the right cover for your inground pool from Professional Pool Services, you’re ready to cover your pool for the cold days ahead.

Don’t worry. Summer will be back before you know it!

Don’t Save Pool Repair for Next Summer

While you may be thinking it’s time to close up the pool for the season and leave any repairs and maintenance tasks for next summer, you may want to think twice. It is actually more beneficial for you to take care of some of this in the fall than waiting for the long winter to pass.

If you’re concerned about a leak in your pool, the last thing you need to allow to happen is for the water to leak out during the winter months. As the water level in your pool drops and heavy snow settles on your cover, it can lead to tears in your cover or its straps. In the end, it will be more costly for you to have to deal with the problem later!

Another important thing to consider is that this is a great time to repaint your pool. The ground is still holding heat, which means that the paint will cure nicely on the surface of the pool.

As you get ready to make those last minute repairs to your pool, remember that we have everything you need to get prepared for colder days. Call us at (412)741-4774 to have leaks repaired, for a new paint job, or to pick out just the right cover for your inground pool. End this summer with a little bit of maintenance work so that you can start next summer with a splash.

Make Chlorination Simple with a Salt Generator

Not using a salt generator for your pool? Save yourself the trouble of buying, hauling, storing and adding chorine to your swimming pool.

Salt generators use a small amount of regular salt and the process of electrolysis to create chlorine for your pool. A fantastic benefit of salt generators are that they make your pool water become softer, which is easier on eyes and skin for swimmers. There is no more “shocking” water with granular chlorine. Plus, this chlorine can be used over and over again.

It is still important to maintain your pool when using a salt generator, and making sure that the proper amount of chlorination is taking place. PH levels will also rise as chlorine is added to the water, and it is important to keep a healthy level.

If you have questions about salt generators or would like to purchase one for your pool, stop by Professional Pool Services and we’ll be happy to help!