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Thread: Winter cover and closing for liner over steps

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    Winter cover and closing for liner over steps

    Now that the pavers are installed around our new pool, they will be coming out to measure to order our winter cover. Our pool has liner over the steps. Here in New England, most people drain pool to just below the returns and blow out all lines. My question is with liner over steps is it safe to lower the water that much? Can the liner become damaged over time with no water over it? The winter cover came as part of the pool price. However, most pools installed by my PB use the fiberglass stairs. Usually they supply a mesh winter cover and drain water. Would that be ok in this case, or do I need to plug returns and skimmer, blow out lines, and use a sold cover? PB will supply solid cover if I ask for it.
    14x28 Kidney IG vinyl pool, 9250 gallons. Pentair 1.5hp superflo variable speed, Pentair Clean and Clear 240 Cartridge filter, Pentair IC40 SWCG, Hayward Heatpro 110,000k heat pump, Pentair Intellibrite 5G LED lights, Polaris 280, Taylor K-2006 test kit

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    Re: Winter cover and closing for liner over steps

    loop loc pool covers state to lower your water no further than 16" below pool deck surface. You can go to there site and check that dist. But I think it is 16". When your water freezes it helps to support snow load. The springs that are on the straps can only stretch so much, thus the 16" I lower my water just below the returns, blow out the lines and then before freeze up the water rises a bit due to rain. I monitor it and keep it about 1 or 2 inches below the bottom of the skimmers. My steps sound like yours, there plastic and the cover goes over it. There probably the most durable part of the pool. The steps are the least of my concern.
    19,000 gal - Vinyl IG - Sand filter -1.5hp. - Taylor k 2006 - Loop Loc cover

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    Re: Winter cover and closing for liner over steps

    Thanks for your reply, howeverr my steps are not plastic. My steps are liner over cement with a padding in between.
    14x28 Kidney IG vinyl pool, 9250 gallons. Pentair 1.5hp superflo variable speed, Pentair Clean and Clear 240 Cartridge filter, Pentair IC40 SWCG, Hayward Heatpro 110,000k heat pump, Pentair Intellibrite 5G LED lights, Polaris 280, Taylor K-2006 test kit

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