Outdoor pool storage can make using your pool much more convenient, as you won't have to carry cleaning supplies, pool toys, pool floats and more to the pool and back each time you use them. You'll also create a safer environment around your pool without these types of items cluttering up the space. Knowing what to do and what not to do when it comes to pool storage will help you create an efficient, safe system of storage.
Do Put the Storage Unit a Comfortable Distance from the Poolside
Your outdoor pool storage unit may be sturdy, but chances are that it can still topple over with excessive wind or if children goof off around the storage unit. You can attempt to bolt or tether down the storage unit if possible, but you should take additional precautions. It's safer not to have the storage unit right up against the poolside, so that it doesn't fall into the pool and injure anyone who's swimming. Put the storage unit away from the pool and a few feet from the areas around the pool as well.
Don't Leave Cleaning Chemicals Out in the Heat
Although it can be convenient to use your outdoor pool storage unit to store all of the chemicals you need to clean your pool, some chemicals aren't meant to be stored in extreme temperatures. It may get very hot in the storage unit during the summer, so be sure to check the labels on your cleaning supplies. If the labels instruct you not to store the chemicals in extreme temperatures, you shouldn't use your outdoor storage unit to store them.
Do Organize the Items within the Storage Unit
Throwing your pool toys and accessories into the outdoor pool storage unit willy-nilly defeats the purpose of having a storage unit. You should be able to easily access what you need when you need it. Having to rummage through all of the items in the storage unit and possibly pull out other items creates more of a mess and a hassle. Neatly put items away and organize them by type so that you can easily access what you need.
Don't Store Items Outdoors Over the Winter
It may seem convenient to leave everything in your outdoor pool storage unit over the winter, but when it's too cold to use your pool, it's too cold to use your outdoor storage unit. Empty the storage unit when you close the pool for the year and move the items to the basement or garage. Extremely cold temperatures can warp or crack pool toys and accessories, so you won't be able to use them next pool season unless you take the time to empty the storage unit.
Do Get a Storage Unit that Tightly Closes
Outdoor storage units need to be a little sturdier than indoor storage units because of the weather. Having doors that tightly close is important for keeping all of your items safe inside. A lock may be necessary to keep the doors shut tightly.