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Thread: winter pool cover issue

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    May 2011
    Barrie, Ontario, Canada

    winter pool cover issue

    We have had couple of good blasts of snow, followed by some warm weather. I came home today and found that the ratchet tie mechanism had broken and the cord came loose and now the weight of the snow on the cover pulled the cover off the top rail.

    I inspected the pool and all is well, no damage what so ever. The cover however can not be pulled back its to heavily weighted down by snow.

    my concern is not the cover blowing off as the weight of snow will keep in there. but the outer edge of the cover exposes the pool water.

    Not sure what i should do at this point. It seems i am going to have to ride it out and when the snow starts melting I should get my utility pump to drain the water from the cover.

    Any suggestions on what else i could do would be greatly appreciated.


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    Apr 2007
    SW Indiana

    Re: winter pool cover issue

    I'd probably just try to make sure you open early. The cover isn't absolutely necessary.
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    Re: winter pool cover issue

    Where I live we get tonnes of snow, my pool is 20' diamter and I buy a 24' diameter winter cover, the extra footage works very well.
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    Re: winter pool cover issue

    I agree that as soon as it warms up your going to want to get the cove off. Otherwise it's either going to flap around and possible damage your liner or sink into the pool.
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    Aug 2009
    SW Wisconsin

    Re: winter pool cover issue

    Ha......I had the SAME exact problem as you. We got lots of snow here, and melting and more snow...etc pool winter cover sagged so much that the cable broke and now the entire winter cover is in the pool with tons of snow on top. I am waiting for it to thaw..and will pump all the melted snow off and drag the thing off when I can....and will replace the cable with a heavier cable for next season.
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