Taking Care of Your HOA Swimming Pool During the Winter Months
How to Take Care of Your HOA Swimming Pool
Indoor or Outdoor?
Whether your HOA’s pool is outside or inside makes a significant difference when it comes to winter maintenance. After all, most indoor pools can be used year-round while outdoor pools are best left closed down until the weather is consistently above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Still, even if your pool is indoors, it’s important to protect this area from the outside environment. Residents may track in moisture and rock salt, leave doors and windows open, and so on. Some HOAs will shut down their indoor pool during the winter to avoid these outcomes entirely, while others will simply change hours of operation, post more signage, and invest in additional cleaning and maintenance resources. If you do shut down your indoor pool during the winter, it might be a great time to hire local interior painters.
Winterizing Your HOA Swimming Pool
Outdoor HOA pools must be properly winterized for the coming cold season to keep all structures and systems intact. Your winterization checklist should include:
- Drawing down the water level to 10-18 inches and adding winterizing chemicals to prevent the growth of algae, mold, etc., then draining
- Clearing pool lines and applying anti-freeze to them to prevent freezing during the coldest days
- Thoroughly cleaning (power washing) pool surfaces, furniture, flooring, etc. and letting them dry
- Unbolting handrails and other moveable features and storing them along with furniture and equipment until spring/summer
- Properly covering the pool, prioritizing safety so no one accidentally falls into the pit
- For indoor pools, ensuring all windows, doors, and gaps are tightly sealed, weatherstripped, etc.
- For indoor pools, ensuring all doors are properly locked to prevent residents, guests, and intruders from entering the pool area
Taking these steps will keep your pool area safe all winter long and ensure that it’s operational when winter finally ends.
Audit Your Pool Equipment, Facilities, and Systems
As you prepare your Northern California HOA pool for the winter, it’s a great time to take inventory of your pool equipment and carefully inspect all systems. This way, you’ll have the entire season to stock up on supplies and find reliable contractors to repair anything that needs fixing.
Does Your Pool Area Need a Facelift?
As we briefly mentioned earlier, winter may be the best time to update your Northern California HOA pool’s appearance and protect its surfaces with a fresh coat of paint, especially for indoor pools. And if your HOA is located in a region with mild winters, you may even invest in exterior painting for your outdoor pool during this season, considering that no one will be using these facilities for at least a few months. In addition to there being less foot traffic during the winter, this season tends to yield the lowest prices and highest scheduling flexibility when hiring local painting services. This is because painting services are in lower demand during winter. So, if your pool or patio needs a new coat of epoxy paint, or your walls require fresh high-gloss coatings, consider getting it done in the winter.
At Endure Painting our HOA painting professionals work year-round, and we’re happy to help you protect your community’s indoor or outdoor pool this winter and beyond. For more information regarding our skills and services, call us at (510) 458-2120 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.