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How To Install A Pool Winter Cover

Installing an Inground Pool Winter Cover

1. Cover or pad any sharp corners, rough edges, and abrasive decking with foam, cardboard, or old towels. Even though winter covers are made of tough material they will catch snags and tear. If you need to repair your tear you can purchase repair kits here.

2. Lower your pool water level below the skimmer approximately 18 inches down from the coping to prevent water freezing in your pipes and skimmer.

3. Spread the winter cover out on the ground or decking with the black side down next to your pool.

4. Loosely tie down 2 corners of your cover to a fence post or decking.

5. Now using 2 people on opposite side of the cover, take the leading edge of the cover in hand and pull it taught between you. Walk the cover to the opposite side of the pool. Avoid dipping the leading edge of the cover into the water. Now, loosely tie down the remaining 2 corners of the cover.

6. For covers with straps, insert unfilled vinyl water tubes through the straps around the perimeter of the pool ensuring the water tubes lay end-to-end to prevent wind from getting under the cover. If you experience freezing conditions, your water tubes should be filled half-way allowing for ice expansion.

7. Allow approximately 12 to 14 inches of the pool cover to lay over the edge of your pool.

8. Fill your water tubes and secure any loose ends with extra tie-downs if needed.



Installing an Above Ground Pool Winter Cover


1. Cover or pad any sharp corners, rough edges, and abrasive decking with foam, cardboard, or old towels. Even though winter covers are made of tough material they will catch snags and tear. If you need to repair your tear you can purchase repair kits here.

2. Lower your pool water level below the skimmer approximately 18 inches down from the coping to prevent water freezing in your pipes and skimmer.

3. Spread the winter cover out on the ground or decking with the black side down next to your pool.

4. Thread the pool cover cable through the grommets forming a belt that runs along the top edge of the pool and underneath the edging to hold it in place. Place the cable into a winch and pull it tight. If material bunches or gathers, simply walk around the pool and position neatly. Once all the material is tucked in, tighten the winch more to secure the cover.



*************Do not allow large quantities of water, snow and ice to build up on the surface of your pool cover. *************

Two inches or less of water on your cover is acceptable. Any more than this should be removed as too much water on the pool cover will cause excessive stress on the grommets and/or tarp tabs. Excessive weight will displace the water in the pool itself allowing an overflow situation. If you are unable to remove the water, loosen or cut the ropes and add new ropes.