Winter is coming, and pool season is at an end for a majority of the country. Once you’ve winterized your above ground swimming pool, how do you plan to keep your winter pool cover in place for the duration of the off-season months? If not secured well, a winter pool cover can be easily blown around on breezy days, exposing your pool to the elements and ruining the hard work you put into winterizing. Three of the available options include pool cover wall bags, winter cover seal, and cover clips.
Pool cover wall bags are designed especially for above ground pools and are positioned around the inside perimeter of your pool, fastened to your pool cover’s cable. Wall bags should be filled only three quarters full with water to make room for the water to expand should it freeze.
Winter cover seal is another way to keep your pool cover in place, and while it looks very much like a large roll of plastic wrap, it’s really a tough poly blend film packed with UV inhibitors. Winter cover seal is wrapped around the covered pool several times to create a tight seal, which prevents wind as well as dirt from getting under the cover and causing damage and premature wear and tear.
Cover clips are a third option for securing your winter pool cover. Cover clips are exactly that — handy fasteners that hold your pool cover in place. They grip your top rail like a clothes pin and hold securely throughout the winter season.
However you choose to secure your winter pool cover, be sure to use something that will keep your cover in place through the entire winter season. Doing so will protect your cover and your above ground pool from possible damage and exposure to the elements.
If you have an above ground pool, you probably have a winter cover. Now is the time to start thinking about the best possible ways to hold your cover in place this winter to ensure that your pool stays clean and protected. There are several methods available to hold your cover securely in place. Here are the tools that we suggest:
- Cover Clips – These handy fasteners are tough! They grip your top rail like a clothes pin and hold your cover on tightly. Cover clips keep your above ground pool’s cover in place and helps reduce the wear and tear on a winter cover from wind damage. Use two clips per upright or approximately every 16 to 18 inches.
- Cover Loc Jr. – If you are looking for a stronger hold that regular cover clips can offer, you should consider the Cover Loc Jr. system. It offers deluxe two-part cover locks that will not pull off in the strongest winter winds. Just snap together the 5″ male and female clips and your cover will stay firmly secured. They are perfect for high wind areas.
- Winter Cover Seal – In addition to cover clips, winter cover seal is a great option for keeping your cover in place. It offers a very simple solution to keep the wind from getting under your winter cover and causing damage and premature wear and tear. Its unique blend of tough poly-blend film wraps around your pool to seal out gusty winds. The secret to Cover Seal is a special blend of resins that enables this unique material to stretch and hold tightly over a long period of time, even during extreme cold weather. Cover Seal is also packed with U.V. inhibitors so that the sun will not weaken it.
If you own an above ground pool, you probably use a winter cover. With the abundance of options available with your cover, you might find yourself slightly confused about what to buy. I am here to help! Below is your guide to winter pool cover accessories for above ground pools!
Pool cover pumps are used to remove water that builds up on your pool cover. They are available in manual models, where you will have to monitor the pumps progress and unplug it when the water is drained, or in automatic models, which sense and automatically start when water is on the cover and cut off automatically! While cover pumps are not absolutely necessary, they will drastically reduce the amount of time it takes and the burden of removing your cover.
Air pillows are placed under the cover on top of the water. They absorb freezing water’s pressure to protect your pool walls and liner. They also reduce excess rain, snow, and leaves on your winter cover. Using an air pillow under your winter cover will make draining the water off the top of your cover much easier.
There are also several option available when deciding how to keep your cover in place. Pool cover wall bags are fillted with water and used to hold your cover in place during times of high wind. They are designed to lie on top of the cover around the inside perimeter of your pool. Winter cover seal is very much like a large roll of plastic wrap. It is wrapped around the covered pool to keep wind from getting under your winter cover and causing damage and premature wear and tear. It is easy to apply and can be done by one person. Cover clips are handy fasteners that hold your pool cover in place. They grip your top rail like a clothes pin and hold throughout the winter season. The cover lock system is similar to cover clips, but more secure. It involves a two-part system that snaps together to ensure maximum hold, even in the highest winds.
With you understanding of these accessories, you will be thoroughly prepared to close your pool this season!
When summer ends and you prepare your above ground swimming pool for a long winter’s nap, a major part of that process is using a winter cover to protect the pool through long months of harsh winter weather. How do you protect your winter cover from wind damage and keep it from blowing off of your pool or from creeping slowly out of position over the course of the winter season? Two inexpensive and super-easy options for protecting and securing your winter pool cover are Cover Clips and Winter Cover Seal.
Cover clips are exactly that…clips that keep your above ground pool’s winter cover in place. Cover clips grip your top rail, holding your cover on tightly. They also help to reduce wind damage and general wear and tear on your winter cover. It is recommended to use two clips per upright or approximately every 16 to 18 inches. Cover clips are inexpensive and come in packs of 5, 10, 20, or 30 clips.
Another option for securing your above ground pool’s winter cover is Winter Cover Seal. While it looks a bit like the plastic wrap that you have in your kitchen, Winter Cover Seal is actually a tough poly blend film that wraps around your pool to seal out gusty winds and keep your cover in place. A special blend of resins enables this unique material to stretch and hold tightly over a long period of time, even during extremely cold weather. Winter Cover Seal is also packed with UV inhibitors so that the sun will not weaken it.
However you choose to secure your above ground pool’s winter cover, doing so is an important step in protecting your pool cover, which in turn protects your pool.