Frustrated With My Above Ground Pool Cover

by Theresa
(Shoreham New York, U.S.)

I have an above ground pool and a pool cover that is now 2 years old. Since I had this cover it has pooled alot of water in the center in spite of the pillow.


The problem I have is that when I drain the cover with a pool pump it also starts to drain my pool. Why is this happening and how do I drain the cover without draining the pool?

I'm frustrated and scared that my pool will collapse again because of the draining issue.

How do I drain my pool cover?




Thanks for the question Theresa

The question says the pool pump is being used to drain the cover but I'll assume a pool cover pump is being used.

Many times pool owners face this issue. Most of my experience has been with sagging covers in these situations. Is that what's happening with your cover? It's sagging and allowing pool water onto the cover?

The mechanics of this are pretty simple. You'll have water on the cover. Because of the weight of the water, snow, ice, leaves, etc... the cover begins to tear and sag into the pool water. Now the water on the cover and pool water are the same. When you try to drain the cover water you drain the pool at the same time. Is this correct with your situation?

It might be time for a new cover but before you run out and buy another one, let's look at some things you can do.

  • Don't over tighten the straps. The anchors can be pulled due to over tightening.
  • If the cover sags without any leaves , snow, ice, or debris, it could be the loop loc cover is not properly adjusted. It also could mean it's missing the anchors or hold downs.
  • If the cover is severely sagging with lots of debris and snow it could mean the water level in the pool is too low. This can cause a tear in the cover because the pool was not closed properly.
  • Be sure all the springs are connected to the anchors.
  • Be sure you have enough cover overhang and the cover is sized for your pool.
  • Home Depot sells 1/2 in. Solid-Brass Grommet Kits for about $8.

    Pool covers are not a "set it and forget it" item. The cover water must be routinely drained, if possible. If too much water collects on the pool cover, it can weigh it down and cause it to tear.

    The easiest way to drain an above ground pool cover is with a pool cover or submersible pump. Ideally this should be done through the Winter months for the reasons stated above.

    To the best of my knowledge, if your pool cover has tears in it and is allowing the pool water to seep through and collect on top of the cover, the only thing to do is to loosen the anchors and remove the cover. Yes, you will probably have a mess to clean up, depending on the amount of debris on the cover.

    You must be extremely careful when doing this as the weight of the cover may drag you into the pool if you lose your balance.

    I've never used inflatable covers but have heard some good things about them. DuckBack Inflatable Pool Covers are known to be pretty good and Inflatable Pool Domes by Ameri-Brand Products Inc. and Just Pool Domes.

    They used to be called floatable cover capable of partially or fully covering swimming pools.

    To post a reply, or if you have a similar question, you can see your post on the Q&A page in the "Pool Covers" category.

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    Hope this helps good luck with your pool.

    Robert

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    by Joanne
    (West Deptford NJ)

    Do you carry an above ground swimming pool cover that is similar to the heavy duty ones that are available for in ground pools?

    Every year our pool cover is such a mess no matter what kind we buy. We buy a new one every 2 years and even when they are brand new the pool is so difficult to deal with.

    We have had this pool for 15 years and are about to call it quits . We hate to get rid of it but as we are getting older it is tougher every year.

    Any suggestions?




    Thanks for the question Joanne

    Aboveground pools covers can be a hassle. Even inground covers aren't that fun sometimes.

    Here's a link that you can look over. This visitor had a similar issue:

    Frustrated With My Above Ground Pool Cover

    The short of it is this. I've never used these products but I've hear alot of positive things about them. They gained popularity after I got out of the pool business. Also, in Arizona where I had my pool route, most people didn't close their pools for the Winter.

    DuckBack Inflatable Pool Covers are known to be pretty good and Inflatable Pool Domes by Ameri-Brand Products Inc. and Just Pool Domes.

    You can look into on-ground safety pool covers, Supreme Solid 3000 Aboveground Winter Covers with Drain Panel from SPP (Specialty Pool Products), and Solid Winter Pool Covers from Pool Parts online.com

    Here are six avenues that you can pursue. Hopefully you can find what your needs require.

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    Hope this helps and have a great Summer.

    Robert

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