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Winter Cover Installation Instructions

Below are some basic tips & helpful hints regarding the installation of your Winter Cover. A properly sized & installed Winter Cover will thoroughly protect your pool, and give you years of hassle-free performance. And fortunately, installing a Winter Cover on an aboveground or inground pool is an easy process. Review the tips below, and feel free to call us at 1-800-983-7665 if you have questions or need assistance.


Always select your Winter Cover based on your pool size, NOT by Cover size. Winter Covers are made with sufficient overlap to cover your entire pool (usually between 3' & 5' extra depending on the type of Cover and type of pool).


Do not attempt to stretch the Winter Cover across the pool to make it fit (see diagram below). A Cover installed in this manner will fail during the off-season, and voids the manufacturer's warranty.


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This diagram illustrates the correct way to install your Winter Cover. As shown, these Covers are designed to "lay-on-the-water" and not to be stretched across the pool. Properly installed, a Winter Cover will provide you with years of protection & hassle-free use.

These standard tarp-style Winter Covers are designed to handle the weight of accumulated rainwater & snowmelt on top of them while on the pool. This will NOT damage your Cover. Excessive water can be periodically removed from the Cover using a Cover Pump if desired, but you should always leave at least 1" of water to weigh down the Cover and protect it from wind damage.


When draining water with a Cover Pump, be sure not to position the Pump over a seam, as this can cause the Pump to pull / drain water from your pool!


Our Winter Covers accommodate up to an 18" drop in your pool’s water level (from the top edge of your pool). If you normally drop your water level more than 18", you will need to order a larger size Winter Cover for a proper fit. Give us a call at 1-800-983-7665 for more information.

We recommend the use of Water Tubes or Aqua Blocks (for inground pools), and Cover Clips or Wall Bags (for aboveground pools) to weigh down your Winter Cover. Do not use bricks or sharp blocks for this purpose, as they can damage the Cover.


If you tie your Winter Cover to a fence or other permanent structure, be sure to use a flexible "Bungee cord" which will allow the Cover to shift under the weight of water, ice & snow without damaging the corner tabs or straps. We recommend the use of Water Tubes, Aqua Blocks, Cover Clips or Wall Bags under these circumstances as well.


If you need assistance with selecting or installing a Winter Cover, please feel free to call us at 1-800-983-7665. One of our friendly Pool Experts will be happy to assist you with answers to your product questions, and expert advice.


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