For many, a pool is the ultimate status symbol for their outdoor space. It’s a symbol of luxury and opulence. But it’s also a great opportunity to grab a full body workout whenever you need one, and enjoy countless hours of sun-drenched fun with the whole family every summer. Indeed, for many the pool is the ultimate antidote to 2020 when communal pools may be shut down or heavily regulated (for obvious reasons) and the simple pleasure we get from propelling ourselves through the water is off limits to us. Or at least not worth the risk. We get to enjoy spending time outdoors in the water with the people we love most in our very own little piece of the natural world. A great mood booster when we need it most. 

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If you’ve had a pool installed in your outdoor space this year, you may be reluctant to cover it up, knowing that there are a good few sunny days left in the early weeks of fall. And while you’re welcome to spend a little extra quality time in your newly christened pool, you also need to know how to take good care of it when the cold winter months set in (and winter will be here before any of us know it). You need to consider pool care just another part of keeping your garden fab and groovy over the winter months. 

Here’s how you do it…

Invest in a good cover

Needless to say you’ll need to keep your pool covered in the winter months, lest you be driven to the brink of insanity trying to scoop endless dead leaves out of your pool and pump apparatus. But don’t make the mistake of assuming that one cover is as good as any. Check here for some great examples of what you should be looking for. You’ll also see the pros and cons for each so you can make an informed decision on what’s best for your garden.  

Check your pool chemistry

The chemical balance in your pool water is extremely important, even when the pool is not in use. Left unattended, your pool may develop algae, bacteria and other nastiness. Keep checking your pool chemistry every two months and discard any pool chemicals that are left over. You won’t want to use them again next year as they will have lost much of their potency. If you don’t like the idea of scrubbing your pool tiles after winter, you should use an enzyme product to break down non-living contamination and prevent the forming of an unsightly waterline ring. 

Beware dangerously low temperatures

If you live in an area where winters get particularly cold, you may want to invest in a digital timer with a thermometer that alerts you to extremely cold temperatures. The last thing you want is to find that you have a cracked pipe or a leak in your pool liner once the ice and snow have thawed. 

Keep important parts in working order

Finally, your pool is more than just a giant box of water. There are complex parts at work keeping your pool clean, warm and healthy. It’s important to check on them periodically and ensure that excess water has been removed from your pool pump and heater. If this freezes, it can cause damage resulting in expensive repairs. 

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