Winter Care

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Winter Care Warnings

It is very important that your pool cover remains dry and the water level in the pool full at ALL times to avoid damaging the cover and/or pool. It is the water in your in-ground pool that keeps the structure of the pool safe from hydrostatic groundwater pressure and also supports the cover fabric of your automatic pool cover keeping your pool cover safe. To ensure that your pool stays full of water you will need to make sure that your pool cover pump is placed out on the cover for the entire winter season and periodically monitor the water level in your pool.

Keep Your Cover Dry

Keeping your pool cover dry in the winter is the best way to ensure that your pool will remain full of water:

  • Your cover pump with coverblaster nozzle should be plugged into a weatherproof outlet and placed in the center of your pool by laying the pump on the side of the pool and pushing it to the center with your pool pole and brush.
  • The blaster nozzle will shoot the water off of the pool 15 to 20 feet.
  • Aim the nozzle out in the yard away from the pool and electrical outlets.
  • Frequently check your; cover pump, G.F.C.I. outlets, and breakers during the winter to ensure that your cover pump is working (the cover pump has an internal float switch that activates when the water is 2 to 3 inches deep around the pump).

Leaf Prevention

Leaves can clog up the vents on the underside of the cover pump and prevent the pump from working correctly or at all, which will allow water to accumulate on top of the pool and form a shallow water pool on top of the cover. It is very important that you do not allow a shallow water pool to form on top of your pool cover. A shallow water pool not only creates a drowning risk to small children and animals, but can also cause water displacement from your swimming pool and damage the pool and the cover!

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Your pool cover will freeze in the tracks and will not open once we have had a few nights of temperatures below 32 degrees

  • This will prevent you from opening the cover to check the water level.
  • Water levels in the pool can be determined by looking at where the pool cover rest on top of water.
  • To determine the water level with the cover closed you need to determine the distance between where the cover comes out of the track to where the cover rest on top of the water (pool professionals call this the drop to water).
  • This distance will vary dependent upon which type of track you have.
  • A cover system with top track (track that is mounted on top of concrete) or flush track (track that is mounted prior to concrete being poured and ends up being flush with the top of the concrete and both have a cover that rides over a small portion of the pool deck and then drops down to the water’s surface) will have a drop to water of about 9 to 10 inches when the pool is full of water.
  • A cover system with under track (track that is mounted in the sidewall of the pool between the bottom of the deck and the top of the pool wall) generally has a 6 to 7 inch drop to water.
  • The minimum safe water level in your pool is 6 inches below the water level mentioned above for your type of cover track i.e. cover hanging 16 inches down in pool for top or flush track, cover hanging 13 inches down in the pool for under track.
  • You must refill the pool to avoid damaging the cover system and/or pool.

Please call our office to notify us and discuss refilling the pool (317) 782-9956.

frequently asked questions

When the cover is dry a leaf blower can be used, if the cover is wet use your pool pole and brush to pull the leaves to the side of the cover to be hand removed.