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Thread: Winter Cover Questions

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    Sep 2007
    High Point, N.C.

    Winter Cover Questions

    I have a big fall leaf problem with trees around my pool . Old winter cover is worn out and purchasing new one now. Should I buy a cover in addition to one of those leaf net covers? I am also confused about use of air pillows. The installation instructions for covers say that the cover should lay flat on the surface of the water, but air pillows would not permit that, right? I am also interested in an automatic cover pump as I have been using a commercial submersible pump in the past and like the automation idea.
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    May 2007
    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: Winter Cover Questions

    Some people use leaf nets on top of their solid covers, many don't. Personally, I don't find that a leaf net makes removing the leaves any easier, so I just go with a solid cover.

    Pillows are used with above ground pools, but not with in-ground pools.

    An automatic cover pump is a wonderful thing. They do tend to fail after a couple of years and need to be replaced.
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    Exeter, PA

    Re: Winter Cover Questions

    If your problem is leaves then you definitely might want to consider a safety cover. The leaves stay dry and usually end up blowing off the cover by themselves.
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