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Can you use a winter pool cover in the summer?

Last Updated: 25th March, 2020

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In the Spring and Summer months you might not think you need a pool cover. The truth of the matter is, a pool cover does much more than just cover your pool in the winter. A pool cover can keep heat in your pool, leaves out of the pool, and save your chemicals in addition to its safety benefits.

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Also know, can you cover a pool in the summer?

Covers prevent evaporation When the sun and your pool meet during the summer, this means that your pool water will disappear at a greater rate. Having patrons in the water during the day may reduce this effect, but an uncovered pool will still lose water during the night.

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  1. 1 Blue Wave Bronze 8-Year 18-ft Round Above Ground Pool Winter Cover.
  2. 2 In the Swim 8-Year 24 Ft Round Pool Winter Cover.
  3. 3 Pool Mate 351833-4PM Heavy-Duty Winter Cover for Oval Above Ground Swimming Pool.
  4. 4 Swimline 18 Foot Round Above Ground Swimming Pool Leaf Net Top Cover.

Similarly one may ask, can you use a solar cover as a winter cover?

It may have simply been the extended time in the Sun or the decomposing leaves that caused the cover to break down. If you use the solar cover as a winter cover then it will see a much shorter service life. We now store our solar cover during the Winter and it lasts much longer.

When should you cover your pool?

Pool covers should be used during your swimming season. If you use your pool during the daytime, take off the cover just before swimming and replace the cover as soon as you're done using the pool.

Related Question Answers

Carriona Kassmodel

Professional

Should pool cover touch water?

Your pool water level should not be too low, as the water must support the cover in situations where you receive a heavy snowfall. At the same time, ideally you don't want the water to touch the underside of the cover under general conditions as that contact will create a wet spot where debris will accumulate.

Jayone Yakimovich

Professional

Is it OK to have water on pool cover?

So, six inches of water on your pool cover, weighing over 6 tons, can put a fair amount of strain on the cover and pool. Be sure to remove the pump before temperatures fall below freezing and drain all the water out of your garden hose so it does not freeze up.

Jannett Stephens

Professional

Can you use a tarp as a pool cover?

An obvious solution is to cover the pool when it's not in use to keep out foreign material, but custom-made swimming pool covers can be quite expensive. An alternative option, much less expensive, is to use a large plastic or vinyl tarp, secured at the corners with tent stakes and bungee cords.

Hedwig Cabero

Explainer

Should I keep the pool cover on during the day?

Ideally, you'll put your solar blanket on whenever the pool is not in use. Daytime is the best time for it to heat up your water, of course, since it relies on the sun. However, keeping it on through the night prevents water and heat loss via evaporation.

Caren Soussi

Explainer

Should I cover pool at night?

Helps the Swimming Pool Retain Heat
Covering a heated swimming pool at night will reduce heat loss. For a swimming pool that relies on the sun for heat, covering it at night can still make it warm enough to swim in the next day, instead of losing all the heat overnight when the temperatures drop.

Marbelys Behtin

Explainer

Are pool solar covers worth it?

Research shows that pool covers can increase water temperature by 4 degrees. This can make the difference between swimming and not swimming on some cooler days. Plus, when you consider how much money it would cost to warm your pool using a gas or electric heater, a solar cover clearly saves money.

Assumpcio Trabudua

Pundit

Rebekka Eloi

Pundit

Is it OK to leave a pool uncovered in winter?

No, but winter covers protect your pool from stains, algae growth and poor water balance that could damage pool surfaces. However, if you want to close the pool, but keep it uncovered all winter, or if you need to delay purchasing a new cover until next fall – here are the steps we took to do it for our customer above.

Jaled Apaeztegui

Pundit

How far down do you drain your pool for winter?

It's acceptable to drain the pool a few more inches below that if you live in an area that gets heavy precipitation during the winter months. Some pool professionals even suggest draining the water to as much as 6 inches below the skimmer — about the level of the bottom of the pool's return jet.

Xuyong Meizner

Pundit

How do you winterize a pool?

Winter Closing
  1. Balance the water chemistry.
  2. Remove skimmer baskets, wall fittings, cleaners, solar blankets and ladders from the pool.
  3. Clean the pool.
  4. Lower the water level in the pool.
  5. Drain all pool equipment.
  6. Lubricate the o-rings on equipment.
  7. Winterize plumbing to and from the pool.

Abul Orme

Teacher

How do you store a solar cover for the winter?

Clean it, Dry it, Fold it and Store it for the winter. You can leave it on the reel, if you cover it. Keep your water chemistry balanced and remember to remove the solar cover when shocking the pool, and always store your solar cover in the shade or covered on the reel.

Sahar Kali

Teacher

Do I have to cover my above ground pool for the winter?

For most folks however, I would recommend a tight fitting winter pool cover, to keep maintenance to a minimum, and to protect and secure the pool during the off-season. But it is possible to close a pool, without covering the pool, but it's best to cover the pool that is not circulating.

Khamssa Nisen

Teacher

Malia Ravenscroft

Teacher

How do you store a solar cover?

Store it properly
Make sure that before you put it away it is completely dry. You can leave it out to dry, but ideally a leaf blower can be used to dry the cover quickly before there's any chance of new debris finding its way onto it. Fold it up neatly (but loosely) and place it into a container with a secure lid.

Joann Obanos

Reviewer

Does a pool get warmer with the cover on or off?

Even the more transparent pool covers filter out a good amount of energy going to the pool. If your ambient temperature is decent and there is not much wind, leaving the pool cover off will heat the water faster (and not just heat the cover and the water near it).

Yocasta Milstein

Reviewer

Which is better mesh or solid pool cover?

Mesh cover advantages
Mesh covers typically cost $200–$600 less than a solid vinyl pool cover. Mesh covers typically last longer than vinyl covers. Mesh covers do not need a pump on top because they just let the pool water pass through. Since there's no pump, mesh covers generally require no work during the offseason.

Emeric Kada

Reviewer

Do I need a pillow under my pool cover?

We strongly recommend using an air pillow under your winter cover. The first reason to install a winter cover air pillow is to protect your pool from expanding ice. Instead, the weight of the water is evenly distributed around air pillow. This weight distribution can prevent the cover from sinking or tearing.

Chakira Gamaza

Supporter

How much does an elephant pool cover cost?

Generally, custom covers cost anywhere between $1200 - $4000, with smaller covers costing somewhat less, and larger, more complicated covers costing somewhat more. The mesh covers are the least expensive and the solid covers cost more due to the cover material used.

Weifen Altenkirch

Supporter

How much does a winter pool cover cost?

A standard (tarp) winter cover costs $75–$225. It needs a pump on top, keeps out sunlight and light debris, and lasts 1–3 seasons. A mesh security cover costs $1,200–$3,000.