In short, automatic pool covers can be used as winter covers if appropriate precautions are taken to avoid accidental damage. If you choose to cover your pool with an additional winter cover, the automatic cover must be cleaned and rolled into the cover box. A popular question that is asked is: Can an automatic pool cover be used as a winter cover? The answer is yes, however, there are some precautions you should take to avoid any damage to your system. During the winter, if a lot of snow and ice accumulates on the pool cover, the weight of snow and ice can displace water and cause damage when snow and ice melt.
To avoid this, there are a few things to do and observe. After a large accumulation of snow and ice, it would be wise to monitor the water level and fill it up to the normal level, as needed. When the snow and ice begin to melt, immediately place the pump on the cover to remove the water. This is especially true when winter turns to spring.
When water moves, it leaves a void and makes the pool cover vulnerable to damage. If you don't make sure to maintain the right water level during the winter, your automatic pool cover could be damaged. When accumulated snow and ice begin to melt, water can accumulate in a centralized location, which is bad news for your deck. Before preparing your pool cover for winter, you should make sure that the pool is also ready for the cold.
This will help ensure that your automatic pool cover system works optimally after a long winter without working. It is beneficial to have automatic pool cover systems, mainly for safety reasons, but they also help prevent dirt and debris from entering. Plugging all the pipes in the pool will allow you to maintain the proper water level and will also help prevent damage to your plumbing system. When spring finally arrives and all the snow and ice have melted, it's a good idea to call a trained professional to repair the pool cover system.
An automatic pool cover literally “floats” in the water and rests on it, so you should make sure that the water level is at the normal height before you “close” the automatic cover. Although you can use your automatic pool cover all winter long, it's not specifically designed to be a winter cover. Once a professional pool service company has prepared your pool and equipment for winter, you should ensure that your pool's water level is full at the normal operating level, or slightly higher, before closing it for the season. If you think you might need something a little stronger than an automatic cover, you might want to invest in a safety cover with a spring for the winter months.
To keep your automatic pool cover in good condition all winter long, you'll need to use the deck pump to remove melted snow and ice whenever possible. After you winterize your pool and before covering it, you should ensure that the pool water level is full at the normal operating level or even slightly higher. NEVER attempt to break or remove ice or snow from the tire, as this can and will likely damage the tire and track.