How to Prep Your Pool Deck For Winter
October 27, 2015
After spending all that money installing a pool deck, it doesn’t make sense not to prep it for winter. The ice, snow, sleet, slush, and wind are all going to ruin the pool deck pavers, and who’d want that? So, here’s what you need to do.
Give It a Good Washing.
While the weather still permits, you’re going to want to give your pool deck a good washing. Use a pressure washer to blow away all that dirt and grime from swimming season. Be sure to first sweep it all out to get rid of any loose dirt and debris, though. Otherwise, you won’t be able to properly take care of it.
Don’t Leave Leaves.
Leaves should not be left on pool decks. They need to be raked, bagged, and thrown out. If they’re not, the wet winter months and piles of snow will cause mildew and mold to grow, potentially creating a serious health hazard. During these fall months, be sure to head outside every so often to sweep and rake up those leaves that have gathered on your pool deck. You don’t want to leave them sitting there for too, too long, otherwise, the mold may start to set in.
Shovel It Off.
Just because you’re not going to be using your pool or walking around your pool deck doesn’t mean you don’t have to shovel it off. Your deck needs just as much TLC as your sidewalk and driveway. Don’t use salt, though, as it could damage things. Just be sure to shovel it lengthwise to minimize the chance of scratching your pool deck. While you’re at it, you might want to get rid of the excess snow on your pool cover, too. That way, the sun will melt it much easier.
It doesn’t matter whether they’re in ground or above ground pool decks, they need to be prepared for winter. If you have any questions about getting pool decks ready for winter or have any other pool deck ideas, feel free to share in the comments.