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Thread: Above ground pool cover cover or not to cover??

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    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Lancaster, pa

    Above ground pool cover cover or not to cover??


    Last spring I lost my above ground pool due to build up of ice and snow and rain on my cover due to a nasty snow/rain pool was covered with a solid cover, but due to all the weight on the cover, it collapsed the cover into the pool and ripped the liner and damaged the sides.

    I have since put up a new pool this season (which of course my homeowners DIDN'T cover!!) question is whether it would be ok NOT to cover the pool this winter??..I live in PA and get some cold and snow and almost always frozen pool water. We do get some leaves, but I do have a mesh cover I could use in the fall to catch most of them...I'm just not sure if it is "healthy" not to cover the pool, and damage it in any way?

    I just don't want to repeat last spring again!!..With my work schedule, I don't always get to drain off all the water in the winter before it freezes.
    Any insight into this would be greatly appreciated!!!


    24' AGP (13,600 gal)
    Sand Filter with 1.5hp pump
    Lancaster, PA

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    Join Date
    Mar 2015

    Re: Above ground pool cover cover or not to cover??

    Here is scenario.
    We have had our pool for about 3 years, no trees except for one pine tree from neighbor about 40ft away.
    1st 2 year's covered pool with solid cover.
    it got very old very fast going out after shoveling, plowing snow just to scoop up to a foot of snow off the cover every other day.4 inches snow fall equals 1 foot drifts in pool.
    Used a plastic roof rake to drag to one side of pool and then shovel out with a plastic shovel.
    One side of pool has deck surround so it had to be done from ground level.
    After awhile you have a pretty deep pile of snow to stand in and try to do this unless you really toss the snow far away.
    Plus around here,once it starts to freeze temp wise,no water to use a pump with, either ice or snow.
    Old cover was starting to rip around edge,ordered new one last year but didn't use,left it uncovered.
    Lowered water 6 inches below return,plugged return,capped off skimmer with plate,disconnected all plumbing at return and skimmer.
    One thing I also learned,2 years ago I had the sand filter in garage but didn't remove sand, it was enough to split the bottom.
    Now I also remove sand and no problems.One thing about going cover-less you have to wait until later in the year to close and open sooner in the spring." my opinion"last year waited until temps were constant 50's to close.
    A little more cleaning of water when opening but way less work than shoveling your back yard every day.
    Doughboy AG 16' x 32' oval, 13,700 gal.
    AquaView by Doughboy 150lb sand filter model 0-1709-20
    PowerLine pump by Doughboy model 0-3047-200, 1.5hp-single speed-20amp
    Gulfstream electric heater-HE125-R-A
    Taylor K-2006 test kit

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