When your pool is not in use, you still need to take care of it. This includes keeping on top of your pool’s maintenance and safety. That is why we want to address how to maintain your pool when you are not actively using it. The biggest question we will be covering is whether to cover your pool or not. 

Covering your water when your pool is not in use


The first option of what to do when your pool is not in use is to cover it. There are a number of elements to consider in relation to covering your pool. 


When it comes to maintenance, covering your pool dramatically lightens your load. The number one thing a pool cover does is prevents your water from getting dirty and having debris fall in it, which means you will spend less time cleaning it out next time you go to use it.

Using a pool cover slows the rate of evaporation, which means you will not need to top up your pool as often. On top of that, you will also have less chlorine evaporating, so you will not have to check or rebalance it as often either. 

The temperature of a covered pool is also higher. This is important because it will allow your pool to remain a comfortable temperature without using as much electricity, keeping the cost of your pool lower. 


Looking at the safety side of things, a hard pool cover is the best way to ensure that your water is secure. A hard pool cover will lockdown your pool when it is not in use. This protects any children or pets from getting into the water. Just ensure that you or someone else checks your cover on a regular basis to ensure there has been no damage. If there is any damage to the cover or lock, replace it as soon as possible. 


There are few cons to using a pool cover, especially when your pool is not being used. Some homeowners, however, complain about covers being unsightly. Nowadays, there are plenty of pool cover options to choose from, including a number of stylish designs. With a little work, you can find a design for almost any kind of look. 

The other issue that sometimes arises is storage space for the cover. If you have a soft pool cover, you will need space to roll it away when you do want to use your pool again. A hard pool cover will need a separate storage area. If storage is an issue for you, speak with your pool contractor about your options. It may be possible to incorporate a storage area into your design. 

Leaving your water uncovered when your pool is not in use



A pool cover does not reduce all maintenance. In fact, with a salt-water pool, you have to rebalance the water less when you don’t have a cover. Still, without a cover, you will have to clean debris out of the pool more often. 

What about draining your pool? Surely that would require the least maintenance of all? It is true that while it is empty a drained pool requires little to no maintenance. Keeping your pool drained over extended periods of time, however, can cause extensive damage, requiring costly repairs. 


If you are not using a hard pool cover, you need to look at other safety options. If you are planning on keeping your pool closed for only a short time, draining the water could be a good option. Another way to keep your water safe is to fence off your pool.

Remember that, if you do not have a hard pool cover or drain your pool, it is best to have someone house sit whenever you are away. That way, you have someone onsite to monitor the pool and ensure it is properly secured. 


Not covering your water with a hard pool cover generally means more maintenance and safety concerns. Draining your water may help, but only in the short-term. Other than that, you will have to work harder to make sure your water is clean, balanced, and secure. 

Think a cover could be right for you when your pool is not in use? Here are a few more pool cover benefits to consider.