Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Snow and pool cover

  1. Back To Top    #1

    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Location
    Belle River, Ontario
    Posts
    18

    Snow and pool cover

    Being a first time pool owner I have a question.

    We have an in ground pool and it snowed A LOT here last night (and still snowing a bit today). The previous owners of the house closed the pool so I assume they did it right.

    Do you have to / Should you remove snow from the top of the cover when you have a lot of snow .. if so, HOW??

    Here is a picture of my lovely pool right now

    IMG_20150202_082429.jpg

  2. Back To Top    #2
    JasonLion's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Silver Spring, MD
    Posts
    37,879

    Re: Snow and pool cover

    If the cover has the proper amount of slack and is sitting down on the water there shouldn't be any problem and there is nothing you need to do.

    You get into trouble when the cover is partially taut and is holding up some of the weight of the snow, which tends to lead to collapses.
    19K gal, vinyl, 1/2 HP WhisperFlo pump, 200 sqft cartridge filter, AutoPilot Digital SWG, Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
    Creator of PoolMath and Pool Calculator. Other handy links: Support this site, TF Test Kits, Pool School

  3. Back To Top    #3

    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Iowa
    Posts
    76

    Re: Snow and pool cover

    The covers are made to pull down and float on the pool water (or sit on the ice, depending on how cold it has been) and thus hold the weight without any problems. I wouldn't worry about it until it melts. Once it starts to melt I like to pull the water off before it refreezes because if you get a big block of ice on top it seems to take forever for the ice on top to melt and thus longer for the pool to warm up in the spring, but maybe that's just my imagination.

    Maybe it's just me but I see Ontario and "it snowed A LOT" and that picture doesn't match up with my expectation, that looks about like our backyard right now.
    20,000gal in-ground 16x36 sentry pools vinyl liner, Pentair sand filter, Pentair minimax NT heater, auto-cover, Polaris 280 cleaner.

  4. Back To Top    #4
    Swampwoman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Posts
    3,537

    Re: Snow and pool cover

    Lol, that IS a lot of snow for Belke River...they're actually pretty far south...eg Detroit is North

    Regnant in just do be clear, do not attempt to remove snow from cover.
    Let it melt.

    It your cover has a mesh panel in the center, or is the mesh type, the water goes back in the pool. If its fully solid, you will need to use a cover pup to get th water off once its in a liquid state. Don't pump if you have mesh at all
    In ground extended Grecian, 22,000 gal, Hayward 220t sand filter, vinyl liner, dolphin m4 supreme.
    If TFP has helped you, please click to SUPPORT TFP!
    Helpful Links:
    GET A TEST KIT Chlorine/CYA Chart How to SLAM About Metals & Stains

  5. Back To Top    #5

    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Location
    Belle River, Ontario
    Posts
    18

    Re: Snow and pool cover

    Yeah we are south of Detroit. I hear that this is a lot of snow for the area (1st winter here). However that is a lot of snow for many places in Ontario (in one snow fall).

    Not sure if the centre is mesh or not, it was already on when we moved in and had some water on it, and I never looked closely. I will get a small pump for when it starts to melt closer to spring and get rid of some of the water. Thanks for the advice

    edit: I went out to shovel the back deck so I can BBQ some steak tonight... it is about 2 feet deep on the deck (mostly drifts because we only got about 12-15 inches in snow fall)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •