Make Sure to Clear Snow off Your Pool Cover
The dog days of winter for pool owners are in full swing. With everything you see covered in white, and with no reprieve in sight, now is the perfect time to remind you to keep your pool covers cleared when the snow hits!
Pools of Fun has provided pool and spa owners in Indianapolis and the surrounding counties with vital advice and information in our 34 years of industry experience. Staffed with experts in design, construction, maintenance and customer service, our mission is to give you the best possible experience when dealing with your pool — no matter the season!
Your pool cover can be a problematic and expensive part of pool ownership if not properly maintained. In the wintertime, mass amounts of snow and ice can ruin the integrity and structure of your pool cover, rendering it broken and unusable.
If you have an inground pool, the damage done by ice and snow can tear a hole if you have a solid cover. If you have a mesh cover that is anchored to the ground, the pressure from the snow and ice can cause undue strain and eventually cause the anchors to pop out. This potentially damages the concrete base around your pool, which is very expensive to replace.
If you own an above ground pool, failure to remove snow can destroy your pool. As snow accumulates, the walls connected to the cover are pulled to the center. Catastrophic damage occurs when your pool structure is compromised and sometimes a full pool replacement is the only option.
Make sure you are safe when cleaning off your cover. Ice on your cover likely means ice on the ground, so be careful when walking outside. Use a long broom to get everything off the center. Do not use a mechanism with sharp edges, such as a shovel. This way you avoid puncturing the cover. If and when the snow melts, use a pool cover pump to clear all remaining precipitation. Staying on top of the problem is the best way to prevent damage.
When the snow melts, make sure to pump the cover off. Do not take the ice off your pool cover right now, as it could damage the cover. Make sure to also check your sump pits, they are just as important to your liner not floating in the winter as they are in the spring.
Be sure to come into one of our five convenient Pools of Fun locations near you if you have any questions. Have a safe winter and make sure to take care of your pool!