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    Do you cover your pool equipment?

    This will be my first winter with an in-ground pool. Do any of you cover your equipment (filter, pump, etc.)?
    27' round/4 feet deep above ground pool
    ProClean by Waterway cartridge pool filter (125 square foot)
    Flowrate- 125 gpm

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    Re: Do you cover your pool equipment?

    Hi newpull,

    It would be very helpful to know where you are located......city & state?
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    Re: Do you cover your pool equipment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly
    It would be very helpful to know where you are located......city & state?
    Sorry - southeastern PA.
    27' round/4 feet deep above ground pool
    ProClean by Waterway cartridge pool filter (125 square foot)
    Flowrate- 125 gpm

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    Re: Do you cover your pool equipment?

    Quote Originally Posted by newpull
    This will be my first winter with an in-ground pool. Do any of you cover your equipment (filter, pump, etc.)?
    Hi Newpull,

    From the posts I've read, it seems that a good number of members from the Mid-Atlantic (and elsewhere) cover their pool equipment for the winter using everything from plastic sheets to custom enclosures made of wood, metal and abs plastic. Many here favor removing the filter, the pump or both into a protected area... garage, shed, etc.

    There are a few folks on the forum from temperate winter regions that use a minimalist approach to winter closing; they may have their own secrets as to how they protect pool equipment.

    Though I don't need to close my pool (No. Calif) and nothing is covered for the winter, I've become aware that there is an environmental cost to equipment that is left open to the sun, rain, wind and snow all year long. After only two years, I see evidence of the weather at my pad: equipment labels fading, paint peeling, bolts rusting etc.
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    Re: Do you cover your pool equipment?

    We live near Allentown, PA.

    We don't cover the pool itself but we do cover the filter and pump with a tarpaulin to keep snow, ice and debris off it. We disconnect all of the plumbing and stuff the openings with bubble wrap to keep the mice out. We drain the filter and store its top, the drain plug, and any O-rings from any of the equipment inside the house.
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    Re: Do you cover your pool equipment?

    If you decide to cover it, make sure to keep it well ventilated. A tight enclosure can allow condensation to build up inside which can cause more harm to the equipment (specifically the motor) than the cover prevents.

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