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    Above Ground Winter Pool Cover Check-Up

    December 12, 2017
    Matt Spencer

    winter pool cover maintenance

    Early winter, before the first snow fall is a good time to go over an above ground pool winter cover for one final look to see if the cover is on properly and ready for the long winter season. A winter cover that is installed incorrectly will have a greater risk of tearing, especially if there is a heavy snowfall that weighs the winter cover down.

    Cover Cable

    To check if your winter cover is ready, go out and look at the vinyl-coated cable that runs the circumference of your pool. Make sure the cable runs through all the grommets on your winter cover and that none of the grommets are missing or partially torn from the cover material.

    If any grommets are torn, or the cable doesn't through any grommet, that portion of the winter cover will allow wind to enter under the cover causing it to lift (if there is no water or snow on the cover). When the cover lifts from the wind, there is a good chance of it tearing, especially around other grommets and the vinyl-coated cable.

    aboveground pool wind stoppers

    There is still time to install products like wall bags, cover clips or a winter cover seal as good insurance to keeping your winter cover on your above ground pool securely throughout the winter. 3 easy ways to keep wind from getting under your pool cover, which can shred a cover in minutes.

    spider winter cover saverThere's a new wind stopper in town, and it is called the Spider Winter Cover Saver - stretches across your pool, latching onto the side in 5 places, and locking your air pillow in place, to keep it from 'migrating'.

    Air Pillow

    Air Pillows are used to prevent a solid ice sheet from forming in the pool, which creates pressure on the walls as it expands. Air Pillows should be placed in the center of the pool. Sometimes they migrate, use a pool pole and soft brush to push it away from the walls.

    There is also a product called Pillow Pal that is used to keep the air pillow 'Velcroed' in place, in the center of the cover. Larger pools should use the larger pillows and very large those 27' or larger should use more than one.

    infographic - how to correctly install above ground pool covers

    Leaving a small amount of water on the cover 1/2" or less, can help hold down the cover, and help hold the air pillow in place. However, keep it clean, because dirty water attracts birds and squirrels, looking for worms and acorns, and they can both damage a cover.

    Cover Pumps

    pool cover pumpsKeeping water regularly pumped off of a solid pool cover is important to prevent stress to the seams, which can lead to failure, and that can get messy. Your cover can handle an inch or two, but any more than that and it should be removed. You can use an automatic cover pump, manual cover pump, or a non-electric gravity pump. See all cover pumps.

    Discharge the water at least 15' away from the pool, to avoid saturating the ground near the pool walls.

    Finally, inspect the cover itself, to see if there are any holes in the cover. If so, you can apply a self-adhesive cover patch to make it thru the season, in most cases.

    Taking care of your pool cover all winter long is key to avoiding a mid-winter pool cover disaster. Neglected pool covers often dump gallons of what I like to call 'cover sludge' into your swimming water. Eww.

    Take a few minutes once-a-month to give your pool cover some love, and it will repay you with a blue water pool opening.

    Til Next Time!

    Blog Author
    Matt Spencer