How Much Water is Too Much on a Pool Cover? A Comprehensive Guide

When it comes to winterizing your above ground pool, there are certain tips and guidelines you should follow to ensure your pool cover is properly maintained. Generally, if your pool cover has more than two inches of water on it, you should drain the excess water as soon as possible. Removing leaves before the water freezes is also important, as the weight of the water can cause the cover to stretch and create thin spots, holes, and tears. Additionally, the weight of the water can cause the upper edge of the pool to break or detach from the wall.

Not only can this excess water damage both the deck and pool, but it can also present a drowning hazard. To prevent this, you should use a pool cover pump to remove any unwanted water. Wall bags are also an option for collecting water on top of the cover. Winter cover seal and cover clips are two more products that can help keep wind from accumulating on top of the deck.

It's also important to keep an eye on the water level below the deck. If it starts to leak during winter or spring, solid covers may fall off and safety covers will not have enough support. Safety cover manufacturers recommend keeping the water level no more than 18 inches below deck. When it comes to choosing a pool cover, it's best to opt for one that doesn't leak.

You can use a frisbee upside down on a thin cover that leaks, and placing a pump close to the edge or away from seams may help. Adding one to three inches of water on top of the cover will help protect it from wind damage, but be sure to keep an eye on the water level so it doesn't sink into the pool. If you have an above ground pool, you should also make sure you have a cable and winch to secure your winter cover. Dual chamber water pipes are recommended for attaching winter covers for both in-ground and above ground pools. Finally, an automatic cover pump is recommended for easy removal of excess water. By following these tips and guidelines, you can ensure your pool cover is properly maintained and your family is safe throughout winter and spring.