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Keeping Your Pool Cover Free Of Leaves & Debris This Winter

The holiday season is upon us, and in Atlanta (even with the weather still relatively mild) that means the winter is quickly approaching and soon it will be time to consider closing your swimming pool.

While this may seem optional for some pool owners, properly closing your pool is recommended in order to keep your pool or spa damage-free once swimming season begins in the spring. With that said, most novice pool owners will mistakingly attempt to close their pool on their own.

Unfortunately, if a pool isn’t closed properly — which is something the pool cleaning and maintenance experts at The Pool Butler can handle for you — then you’re setting yourself up for a host of issues once it comes time to open your pool again. These problems can include damage to your pool equipment (including your filter and pump) and your pool itself.

Most of these issues stem from improper installation of a pool cover, which is what will be primarily be keeping your pool clean and free of debris during the winter months. Improperly installed pool covers can allow leaves and other debris to accumulate and make its way into the pool’s water, which over time can cause stains and clogs.

In order to avoid these issues, we’ve compiled a few helpful tips on keeping your pool cover clear of leaves and debris this season:

Exploring A Pool Cover’s Purpose

Before we dive into our tips for keeping your cover free of debris this winter, it’s important to understand why a cover is needed in the first place.

The pool cover doesn’t just protect your swimming pool from the elements during the winter months but acts as a barrier to keep leaves, twigs, branches, insects, and other debris out as these substances can infiltrate your water and cause stains or damage.

With that said, it’s important to note that this debris should never simply be left to accumulate on top of your cover, as (on top of being unsightly) this will put added weight on your pool cover, which can render it ineffective by creating gaps where debris can enter your pool’s water.

While clearing your cover of debris may seem like an easy task, it’s a bit more complicated. After all, doing the task the wrong way could force debris into your pool or make a mess of your yard. Here’s how the pool cleaning and maintenance experts approach clearing a pool cover of debris:

Sweeping Up Debris Off Of Your Swimming Pool Cover

The first approach to clearing your pool cover of debris is to use a good old fashioned broom to sweep it away.

Using your broom, you should carefully try to collect as much dirt and debris as possible at the edge of the pool’s cover. Once this has been done you can then scoop the debris up (using your hands or a specialized tool), while being extremely careful to avoid dropping any back into your pool.

Hosing Debris Off Of Your Swimming Pool Cover

Once your pool cover has been thoroughly swept, you can then remove the cover itself slowly, ensuring no leftover debris makes its way into your pool.

Once removed, you can then spread the pool cover out on your deck or lawn, grab your water hose and thoroughly hose the cover down in order to remove any debris you missed during sweeping. Keep in mind, this may make a mess and you may need to follow it up by scooping the debris off of your lawn or patio.

Thoroughly Skimming Your Swimming Pool

When the debris has finally been completely removed from your cover, you should refrain from immediately placing it back over your pool, as during the cleaning and removal process debris may have found its way into your pool.

This is why it’s best to give your swimming pool a thorough skimming after the cover has been cleaned. Afterwards, you can then place your cover back onto your swimming pool. These steps should be repeated periodically throughout the season to ensure the cover remains clean.

Hiring A Professional To Handle Pool Cover Cleaning

Now that you’re aware of how tedious and time-consuming the task of keeping your pool cover clear of debris can be, you may be doubting your availability to handle the task altogether.

After all, with a full schedule and busy lifestyle, who has time to consistently check and clean a pool cover throughout an entire season? Luckily, with a swimming pool cleaning expert on your side — like The Pool Butler — you don’t have to worry about keeping debris off of your pool cover ever again.

Our technicians are fully equipped to handle the job of cleaning your swimming pool cover, and can even handle the rest of your swimming pool maintenance throughout the winter season. With The Pool Butler, you get an experienced and trained group of professionals on your side to ensure your swimming pool looks fantastic once the spring rolls around.

Why Choose The Pool Butler?

At The Pool Butler, we’ve been serving Atlanta and surrounding communities for many years with the best in swimming pool maintenance, cleaning, and repair.

Our reputation for excellence has been built on our commitment to providing the best (and most wide-ranging) swimming pool services and our dedication to satisfying our customers. We make it our mission to handle all of your swimming pool or spa needs in order give you peace of mind and to allow you to solely focus on enjoying your swimming pool with your family and friends.

Our team of experienced professionals will arrive at your home with the proper equipment and knowledge to detect and fix any swimming pool issue and keep your pool looking and running at peak performance throughout its lifespan. This allows you to get the most out of your swimming pool and allows you to rest assured that a group of professionals is attending to all of your swimming pool tasks.

To learn more about any of the swimming pool services we offer contact The Pool Butler today or click here to view our entire list of services, including our eco-friendly solutions.

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