If you are lucky enough to own a pool, you want to be able to get the most out of it. Even in fairly hot parts of the world, it is often too cold to be able to swim comfortably during the winter months. That means for at least 4 or 5 months of the year, it is off-limits. This is a real shame because unless you have a pool cover it will still need cleaning and topping up with water.

However, there are ways to get more use out of a swimming pool. One of the best options is to have a pool enclosure screen installed. If you do have one built you will usually be able to use your pool year-round. Provided that is that you maintain it well. Below is an overview of the steps you need to take to keep it in good condition and make it last.

Don’t delay having holes fixed

If you need a pool enclosure screen repair, don’t be tempted to leave it too long. The longer you leave things the worst the damage is going to get. An awful lot of people make the mistake of waiting until several panels need to be repaired.

Usually, doing this works out to be a false economy. The panel that is broken will let the rain in. This can greatly increase the chances of mold taking hold within the enclosure. Once that happens and it spreads getting rid of it completely is exceedingly difficult and time-consuming.

Plus, a hole in a single panel is enough to let leaves and other debris get into your pool. Once there, they will sink to the bottom and upset the chemical balance of the water.

Clean your pool screens regularly

At least once a year, you will need to have your entire pool screen cleaned, inside and out. This is especially important if the screen has a solid element to it. For example, a plastic or glass layer.

In some climates, these are prone to mold. Once it takes hold it will soon spread. That not only looks unsightly – as you can see here – but for many people, mold spores are a health hazard. If the screens are cleaned regularly the mold cannot take hold. Usually, doing this will extend the life of your pool enclosure by a few seasons.

Brush any debris that gathers on the roof

Not all screen enclosures are roofed. If yours is, be particularly careful not to let debris build up on the roof. Now and again get up there and use a leaf blower to blow it all away. If you leave the debris up there it will start to rot. Over time, this will breakdown the materials that your screen is made from. It will also make it far harder for you to maintain the water quality of your pool.

Doing all of the above may sound daunting. But, armed with the right equipment, none of the tasks above will take you long to do.