If your covered pool is losing water throughout the winter, you most likely have a leak. An uncovered pool will lose water to evaporation in the winter just as it does in the summer. However, water loss over a 24-hour period when the pool is not in use is just around a quarter-inch on average. This should be more than enough to prevent problems with bank erosion or sagging.
If your pool is still full of water in March, there are several possible explanations. First, if it's an above-ground pool, don't worry about it until late April or early May when the first signs of growth begin to appear. If it's a backyard in-ground pool, check with your local pool service company about how often they clean pools in your area. They may need to add another trip before you see any changes in order to avoid damaging the pool filter.
Second, your pool might be retaining too much water. There could be leaks in the skimmer, main drain, or other parts of the plumbing system. The chemicals in your pool might also be too dilute because excessive temperatures can cause some chemicals to evaporate quickly. In either case, your pool needs to have less than 15 percent depth in order to remain stable during cold weather. Any deeper and you risk damage to landscaping or fencing surrounding the pool.
Third, maybe the weather is responsible. Pools that sit empty for long periods of time can become ice boxes.
When water, ice, and snow accumulate on your pool cover throughout the winter, always use a cover pump to drain the cover. If there is too much water on the cover, it might ruin your pool if it is not drained. The cover is drawn into the pool by the weight of the water. As more water is pumped out, the cover is lifted off of the pool.
Also, make sure that any hoses used to fill the pool in the winter are cold-treated or replaced if they are worn out. These areas of the pool system should be treated with anti-freeze or replaced if they are old. Not doing so could cause the hoses to burst when they freeze.
Finally, clear away any fallen trees, branches, or other debris that may block water circulation in your yard. This will help prevent frozen pipes.
If you don't drain your pool, it can become damaged from excessive heat. Also, without draining your pool, you risk causing health problems for yourself and your family members.
Draining your pool prevents damage to your pool and provides you and your family with better access to swim during the winter months.
During dry, hot weather, pools exposed to direct sunlight and kept uncovered 24 hours a day will lose a quarter-inch of water on average. This is mostly due to the fact that heat rises when the air cools. As the air near the ground temperatures down, less moisture becomes evaporated, and thus more water is lost through leaching.
Pools with an internal filter system will also lose water because they don't capture all of the small particles that can cause problems for people and pets. For example, sand from the beach can find its way into a pool through the drain or through cracks in the foundation. This can clog up the filter media and reduce its effectiveness.
Water that contains chemicals such as chlorine or bromine may become more likely to damage property by causing burns or other chemical reactions when it comes in contact with skin or eyes. The amount of exposure depends on the concentration of the chemical and the length of time it remains in contact with the skin or eyes.
People who are physically disabled or elderly may not be able to tell if their pool is getting too low and might not have the mental acuity to avoid getting hurt by jumping into a suddenly empty pool. If this describes you or someone you know, call your local swimming pool company today for assistance installing automatic pool shutoff valves.
Winter covers, on the other hand, protect your pool from stains, algae development, and improper water balance, which may harm pool surfaces. Pool covers keep trash and sunshine out of the pool, preserving your winter chemicals and maintaining delicate and smooth surfaces. Covers are easy to install and remove for seasonal cleaning or repair.
The main advantage of a summer cover is that it allows you to use your pool during cold weather. A spring-loaded pin pulls back the cover, allowing water to drain into the pool while keeping leaves, sticks, and other debris out. The cover is then reattached to the pool when temperatures rise again.
Some people choose to cover their pools in the winter for protection against staining and drying out caused by excessive sunlight. This option should be considered along with the size of your pool and location of the coverage required. A large pool that is not covered may require several years before its expense is repaid with light savings from less chemical consumption and fewer visits to the pool center.
A pool cover is as important to have in the winter as in the summer. If your cover is missing, tears, or is no longer fit for purpose, call a contractor to fix it before using the pool. A damaged cover can lead to dirt and debris entering the pool, causing oxidation and bacterial growth. This can put your health at risk!