If you live where it snows, then you will find yourself with lots of snow on your swimming pool cover during the winter months.  You should know the importance of removing the snow off your cover whether you have an above ground or in-ground pool.  Here’s why:

For an in-ground pool, snow can add weight on the cover that may cause harmful pressure on the cover causing stretching, damage and improper coverage.
For an above ground pool, snow can put weight on the cover that will ultimately pull the pool walls towards the center of the pool damaging the top rail, fencing and walls of your swimming pool.

Depending on the quality of your cover, the snow can also cause other issues, like tearing, damage to anchors, or the destruction of the cover entirely.  Without proper removal, snow weight can cause damage to almost anything.  Do you know the weight of snow?  Well here are some facts to consider:

A cubic foot of settled snow weighs 12.49 to 18.73 pounds. A cubic foot of wind-packed snow weighs 21.85 to 24.97 pounds. A cubic foot of solid ice can weigh up to 57.43 pounds.  This shows that snow can cause much more stress to the cover than it was designed use.

 While these are our suggestions, please always refer to the pool covers manufacturer for recommendations to remove accumulated snow. Some may recommend pushing the snow off your pool covers using a push broom or foam snow pusher (picture below).  We do not recommend a snow shovel, as the metal edges can easily tear a pool cover.

Foam Snow Pusherbroom





Once the snow melts into a puddle of water, you can use a pool cover water removal pump to eliminate the last of the extra weight off you swimming pool cover.  For reviews on swimming pool cover pumps, read http://www.poolcoverpumpreviews.com/.


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