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How to Remove Snow From a Pool Cover

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If you live on the east coast (or anywhere else in the country for that matter) then you may be left with a bunch of snow on your swimming pool cover. It’s extremely important to get the snow off your pool cover as soon as possible and here’s why…

How to Remove Snow From a Pool Cover

Why It’s Important To Remove Snow From a Pool Cover

If you have an above ground swimming pool, all that snow weights down on the cover pulling the pool walls in towards the center. This could damage the top rail, fence and walls of your swimming pool.

Snow on Above Ground Pool Cover

If you have an inground swimming pool, the heavy snow can cause the cover to stretch, to the point of damaging your cover.

Snow On The Pool Cover

If you have an expensive mesh or solid safety cover, it’s important to make sure that the snow doesn’t pile on and rip the cover. It could also pop out the cover anchors or even your pool’s coping.

If you have a cheap or general plastic cover, then chances are it will be destroyed if you don’t quickly remove the snow.

Let’s think about how much snow weighs. There are 7.48 gallons per cubic foot of water – that’s about 62.4 pounds of snow!!!

Wet Snow

Assume wet snow would be equal to 1 inch of rain or 5 inches of snow. This means you would get a resulting 62.4/5 = 12.5 pounds!

Light, Powdery Snow

This snow would be equal to 2.5 inches of water and 12 inches snow, you would get 62.4/12 = 5.2 pounds! Thanks wiki!

Once the snow melts it will turn into water, and now you will need a pool cover pump or siphon to get the water off the cover. If you have a mesh safety cover, you will still need the pump to get the water out of your now overflowing pool.

How To Remove Snow From a Winter Cover

Here are a couple of quick tips on how to remove snow from a pool cover properly. Remember, that you don’t have to do this, but you risk pool damage otherwise.

Happy Snowing?

(Photo Credits: pat00139)

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Last Updated: Monday, December 21st, 2009