February is Cold for Pools

Here in the Northeast, February can bring some of our worst winter weather. This cold weather can certainly affect your pool even while in a closed state. And being so cold, you probably don’t want to go outside right now. But, checking on your pool during these cold weather times is essential for a better opening come springtime.


While February brings some cold weather, we also get those random 60-degree days. When temperatures fluctuate so wildly, that increases the potential for freezing and thawing of water. If there is any water that made it into open cracks and crevices, freezing and thawing can cause expansion and contraction behind the tiles and coping and potentially lead to cracks and tiles and coping becoming loose and popping off. Additionally, the pool water can actually freeze which can put stress on the actual pool surface. This can cause cracks in concrete and gunite surfaces. Vinyl liner pools are also affected by freeze and thaw which can make the liner brittle which can cause cracks or tears that can lead to leaking.  If the pool water is severely frozen, pool covers can actually stick to the frozen water. That is one reason why we want to monitor water levels in the pool and remove standing water on the pool cover.


We also want to ensure we remove snow (and debris) from pool covers. Anything on your pool cover has the propensity to affect its elasticity and integrity. That is why removing as much as you can from your cover that collects on it is in your best interest. Anything on your cover can also lead to rips, tears, and holes which can allow debris and small animals to get into the pool over the winter. When that happens, it can affect your water chemistry which can increase your potential for algae growth and staining.


When it is that cold outside, beings that live outside are looking for places to protect them from the elements. That is why pests and rodents love to take up occupancy in your filters and heaters. They are protected from the elements, warmer than the outside air temperature, and great places for them to build their nests. You can consider using rodent repellents to prevent them from taking up residency in your equipment.


The best way to address these cold weather concerns for your pool is to keep an eye on your pool and equipment over the winter and address issues as soon as they happen. The longer they sit, the more potential for damage. Not interested in seeing your pool until it’s open? Contact us and see how we can help over these cold winter months!

*This information is obtained from the Certified Pool and Spa Operator Handbook. This information may not be applicable to your pool based on your pool type and location. One should reference all applicable regulations and standards for your facility.

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