Closing down your swimming pool for the season is a process that requires several steps and more than a couple of tools. Among the most important things you’ll need to use is a quality winter pool cover. When it comes to keeping out debris, light, and more, a winter pool cover is one part of the shutdown process you simply can’t ignore. But while it’s fairly easy to track down the right pool cover, it’s important to take a look at all the different accessories that accompany your pool cover. Take a few minutes to find the right pool cover accessories and you could have a much easier time where your seasonal shutdown, maintenance, and spring startups are concerned.
To begin with, take a look at the different cover accessories that actually help your cover get in place and stay in place. For above ground pool covers, these include things like cover locks and cover clips. These essentially clamp your pool cover to the pool itself and are much better options than older drawstring methods of sealing up a pool cover. A winter cover seal is another option worth taking a look at and can be installed by one person. It basically wraps around the seal and prevents wind from slipping underneath the cover and damaging it. And replacement cable cover wench systems are also available to make it easy to pull your cover tight and keep it that way.
Bags, tubes, and pillows are important as well. An air pillow placed underneath your pool cover will help make it easy to drain standing water and to prevent it from collecting in the first place, and can also help to reduce the damage that freezing temperatures can do on your swimming pool walls. As the water freezes, it expands. In pools this can cause damage to the walls since they’ll have huge pressure against them. But a pillow actually reduces that pressure by absorbing the force of the expansion. It’s a simple, inexpensive way to prevent pool damage. Water tubes are used to help weight down your in ground swimming pool cover and are designed to be easily filled by a garden hose. They’re available in different sizes, making it easy to find the one that you need for your pool.
One hurdle that pool owners constantly have to clear is standing water. When it rains or snows, the water can collect on your winter pool cover and cause it to sag tremendously. In some cases a mesh cover will eliminate the problem, but for the rest of us there are other options. One is a siphon drain. This item is basically a tube connected to a plastic collector. The collector is placed in the standing water and the siphon motion is started. Once it’s started the water will drain gradually out of the pool cover and onto the ground.
The other option is an actual pump. These are set up to pump the water that is pooling in a swimming pool cover and eliminate sag, damage, and more. They’re more expensive than a simple siphon device, but much easier to set up and use and will really be an investment that can protect a winter swimming pool cover and extend its longevity.
All of these accessories are worth understanding when you’re a pool owner. Most people know fully what a winter pool cover can do for their pool, but don’t realize what accessories can do for the cover itself. Take a minute to double check what you have and what you need, and you could find yourself very surprised about what you’ve found.