Swimming Pool Covers: Questions and Answers

Why Should I Cover My Swimming Pool in Winter?

One of the most common questions we come across regarding swimming pool covers is why do you need to cover swimming pools at all. The most obvious reason behind that is, during winter a cover protects the pool from the harsh weather conditions. It also protects the pool's structure and the water inside it from debris and tree branches that can damage the liner of your pool.

Handle for swimming pool cover

A pool cover saves you a lot of time from having to manually remove all the debris when you need to use it. When you start to get your pool up and running again in spring, you will be glad that you used a cover to keep it relatively clean. A cover also helps to avoid your water and chemicals evaporating – after all the effort you made to balance the chemicals, it would be a shame to have to start again from scratch!

Once you've learned about pool covers, check out our review of the best swimming pool cover.

How to Clean A Swimming Pool Cover

Reel out the swimming pool cover and gently clean it with a good quality detergent and a brush. This will dislodge all the dirt so you can easily remove it by washing it all down with a garden hose. Let it dry before you reel it back in.

How to Remove Water From a Swimming Pool Cover

Removing water from the swimming pool cover might not seem like a big deal, but it is important to do this. Over time, just an inch or two of water accumulated on the pool cover can account for a lot of weight and that can damage the swimming pool cover.

Use a water pump to remove water from the swimming pool cover. It might not be as fast a method as you might hope and it can be expensive, but it will make sure that the pool cover does not get damaged during the water removal process.

During winter, it is recommended that you gradually keep removing any snow from the pool cover. It can get difficult to remove all of it at the same time when the snows start to melt.

What Does a Solar Cover do for a Swimming Pool?

Almost 75 percent of all the water lost by swimming pools is because of evaporation by the sun. While you might think that any swimming pool cover can keep the water from evaporating, there is more to the story. A solar swimming pool cover will not only prevent evaporation, but it also traps and retains the sun's heat inside the pool, keeping it warmer & more pleasant to use for more of the summer.

How To Keep A Swimming Pool Cover On When It’s Windy

Here are a few basic tips that can help you make sure that the cover stays secure in its place during the windy season:

  • If you have an above-ground swimming pool cover, make sure that the cable and winch system is tight.
  • For in-ground pool covers, you can use several sang bags around the edges of the pool to keep the cover securely in place.

Final Thoughts

And that is about it. These are some of the most basic aspects to look into when it comes to swimming pool covers. Make sure that you follow through on these guidelines to help you take better care of your swimming pool cover.

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How to Clean a Swimming Pool after Winter - October 31, 2019

[…] to clean a swimming pool, check out our review of the best above ground pool cover. Also go through the basic q's and a's about swimming pool covers that we came […]

Paula - September 10, 2020

Can I use a 24 ft winter cover on ans 18 ft pool?

    Scribbler - September 26, 2020

    Ideally, pool covers should be around 3 to 4 feet wider than the pool, so a 22 feet pool cover should be best for your pool. In your case, you might to have to drape over the extra bit and secure it using additional weight, depending on the cover’s specific mechanism of attaching it.


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