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    Winter Pool Cover Maintenance

    October 27, 2017
    mattspencer

    Winter Pool Cover Maintenance

    winter pool cover maintenance

    Depending on the type of winter pool cover used, there are different tasks that need to be done, to protect the pool and the pool cover.

    I'm covering All covers today - floating solid covers and safety covers for inground pools, and also solid and mesh covers for above ground pools.

    Inground Winter Covers

    solid pool covers ingroundYour basic floating solid pool covers, aka water bag pool covers, keep pool water fresh and in complete darkness, all winter long.

    Being solid covers, they do collect debris and water, and because they aren't strapped down, they can shift and move. They can also be damaged by too much water and debris left for too long.

    • Pump off rain water regularly with a pool cover pump
    • Scoop off leaves and sticks with a pool leaf rake or leaf blower
    • Tighten-up cover to pull out any slack and wrinkles
    • Inspect for holes in the cover or leaking water bags
    • Inspect the cover 'fit', leaking pools pull-in pool covers

    Inground Safety Covers

    inground mesh pool coversSafety covers are those that are anchored into the deck, with straps and springs attached to the cover, to hold it drum tight over the pool.

    They are attractive, durable and safe for kids and animals, yet not completely maintenance free. There are a few tasks or things to do, usually long after the cover is put on.

    • A cover pump in the skimmer or on the top step can be used to prevent the pool water from touching the cover and trapping debris.
    • Add another quart of algaecide and refill floaters 6-8 weeks before opening, to prevent a green opening.
    • Is the pool leaking? Safety covers need the support of the water during a snow load, and can be damaged if water drops too low.

    Aboveground Winter Covers

    aboveground mesh pool coversAboveground covers are cinched around the pool tightly with a cable, but often cover clips or cover seal are needed to keep wind from getting under the cover.

    Solid covers collect debris and water, and because they aren't strapped down, they can shift and move, or become loose with heavy wind or heavy water and snow loads.

    • Pump off rain water regularly with a pool cover pump
    • Scoop off leaves and sticks with a pool leaf rake or a leaf blower
    • Tighten-up cover to pull out any slack and wrinkles
    • Inspect for holes in the cover or leaking air pillows
    • Inspect the cover fit, leaking pools pull-in floating pool covers

    Aboveground Mesh Covers

    pool covers for aboveground poolsMesh covers for aboveground pools are a tight mesh weave that lets the rain water and snow melt pass through the cover and into the pool.

    The pool will fill-up from all the rain however. You can allow over flow water to drain out the skimmer hose, or use a cover pump to lower the water level inside the pool occasionally.

    • Lower the water level to keep it at 6-12" from the top
    • Scoop off leaves and sticks with a pool brush or a leaf blower
    • Tighten-up cover to pull out any slack and wrinkles
    • Inspect for holes in the cover

    Fixing Pool Cover Holes

    There are 3 basic ways to patch a pool cover hole.

    • Shift the cover. If the hole is near the edge, floating covers may be shifted to bring the hole close to the edge, above the water level.
    • Raise the cover. For narrow areas of the pool, extend a pole or board across the pool, to elevate the pool cover above water level.
    • Patch the cover. Best done with the cover removed, but for holes near the edge, just clean, dry and stick on a pool cover patch.
     

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