How to Install a Winter Pool Cover  

by Pool Builders on 10-08-2010 in Articles

If you don't want to swim in a dirty, swampy, murky swimming pool, especially in the spring, you need a winter swimming pool cover. Without a winter swimming pool cover that is precisely what you'll face as soon as the weather warms up. A winter swimming pool cover will collect bugs, sticks, leaves, and dirt and you need one in order to prevent these things from collecting in your swimming pool in the winter months. After the weather has warmed up and the time has arrived to remove your swimming the pool cover, you first need to clean it off in order to prevent any debris and dirty water that collected on the surface of the swimming pool cover from falling into the pool water.

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The first thing that you need to do is to lower the sump pump into the swimming pool water on the surface of the swimming pool cover. Then place pumps exit hose completely away from the swimming pool. Power up the sump pump and permit it to run until it has removed all of the accumulated water from the surface of the winter pool cover

Next, take out the sump pump and then clear any debris that is left from the swimming pool cover with a pool net.

Then, remove any water bags or sand that is weighing down the swimming pool cover and roll the swimming pool cover up and carry it away from the pool. Because this is more than a one man job, you may need some help in doing this.

Lay the winter swimming pool cover down flat and rinse it of well with a garden hose. Then scrub the swimming pool cover with a solution of water and detergent and a soft bristled brush if the swimming pool cover is quite dirty.

Then, permit the winter swimming pool cover to completely dry out. It might take many hours for it to dry completely but the amount of time it takes depends on the weather and the size of your swimming pool. Obviously the warmer the weather is the more rapidly your swimming pool cover will dry.

Next, sprinkle some talcum powder over the swimming pool cover in order to absorb any of the excess moisture that might be remaining in order to prevent mildew and mold. Last, fold the swimming pool cover and then store it in a dry, cool place until the next winter.

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