Paradise Pools (Brantford, ON)

Why care about snow on your pool cover

Released: January 12th, 2024

Why Care About Snow on Your Pool Cover?

Winter's charm often brings a challenge for pool owners – dealing with snow on your pool cover. Don't let this snowy dilemma dampen your spirits.

Snow, especially when it accumulates, can be surprisingly heavy. This weight strains your pool cover and can lead to damage or, worse, a collapsed cover.

Avoid Sharp Objects: Never use sharp tools like shovels or ice picks. These can easily puncture or tear your pool cover .

If ice forms on your cover, it's often best to let it melt naturally. Trying to remove ice can cause more harm than good.

Use a Pool Cover Pump: To avoid water accumulation, use a cover pump to remove melted snow and excess water. Same goes for high water level in your pool (safety cover owners).

Check for Wear and Tear: Regularly inspect your cover for any signs of damage and address them promptly.

There’s no danger of your inground pool collapsing under the weight of too much snow on the pool cover. But the cover itself can stretch under that weight, which means it won’t cover your pool the way it’s supposed to.

Let’s be honest: pool covers can be expensive. Safety covers can be even more expensive. It’s important to keep it free of snow to prevent stretching and tearing. The weight could also pop out the cover anchors or even your pool’s coping. And there’s more money you’ll have to spend.

Above ground pool walls and rails are strong. They must be to contain hundreds of gallons of pool water. But that’s just it. They’re built to hold in a certain amount of water and weight.

If you allow snow on the pool cover to accumulate, it will slowly increase in weight, putting more and more strain on the cover. And because the cover is attached to the pool walls, that weight will strain the top rail and walls as well, pulling them inward toward the center of the pool. They’re not made for that. Let it get too heavy, and the walls could collapse altogether, leaving you with a huge mess to clean up, and the expense of replacing the pool in the spring