When you live in a part of the world where winter weather is extreme and you cannot use the pool during that time you need to ensure it is kept safe and ready to go once the weather warms up again. Closing the pool for winter is a tedious task but it’s one that is crucial to your pool’s maintenance and protection. While you might have read a lot of articles about chemicals for winterizing, various types of pool covers and other elements involved, you might not have read much about how to protect your pool cover during winter season. What could possibly go wrong and how you can go about handling situations.
First off, someone might think that a pool cover is an accessory and can be skipped. This is untrue. You should always cover your pool in winter if it is not going to be used for a few months otherwise you’d be constantly cleaning it all winter.
You should always cover your pool in the winter if you’re not going to swim in it. The cover protects the pool from the elements. Without the cover, you’d be constantly skimming and vacuuming the pool all winter, and you don’t want to be doing that when it’s freezing out.
How to Protect Your In-Ground Pool Cover
Here is what you need to do to protect your in-ground pool cover from any possible winter damage.
- Protecting Against Ice: Pool covers are fragile and can tear apart from sharp objects even frozen ice. Therefore, be careful when you handle ice frozen on pool cover. Instead of forcefully removing it, let it melt and remove it with a winter cover pump.
- Protecting Against Wind: Any weight on top of the pool cover will help it weigh down and prevent against wind damage. Keeping almost 1/2” of water on top of the pool cover serves the purpose well and holds it down.
- Protecting Against Rain and Melted Snow: Water accumulated after rain showers and from melted snow should be removed using a pump.
- Protecting Against Trees: Fallen tree branches are one of the main reasons swimming pool covers get damaged. Take precautionary measures and remove any overhanging branches from nearby trees that may land in your pool in case of a strong wind or storm.
- Protecting Against Animals: Keep stray animals and pets away from the pool by installing a sturdy fence around the pool that is high enough to prevent any animal from jumping it over. Also keep the inside and surroundings of the pool clean so no stray animal is attracted to it in the first place.
How To Protect Your Above Ground Pool Cover
Here is what you need to do to protect your above-ground pool cover from any possible winter damage.
- Secure It With A Cable & Winch: An above-ground pool cover needs to be heavy duty with grommets which are actually holes around the edges of the cover protected with metal rings. A pool cover designed for an above-ground pool comes with a cable and a winch to ratchet it down. Wrap the pool cover under the rails and look the cable through the grommets to secure it tight.
- Use Cover Clips: Cover clips are simple and cheap and are used to clip the cover directly under the above-ground pool rail. They are good to add an extra layer of cover security. Add as many as needed to ensure the cover is secured well.
- Add Water: 1 – 3” of water added on top of the cover adds the extra weight to keep it down and help protect it from wind damage.
High quality pool covers and supplies to protect them are easily available in stores and online and do not cost much either. Spend a few bucks on buying the right type of cover and save your pool from any possible damage.