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How to Get Water Off Pool Cover

What’s hard about the end of the winter season is the part where pool owners need to remove their swimming pool cover to open it up for the next season. However, before this, to get the water off the pool cover is the very first step that needs to do. Try to scoop it in a bucket, siphon it with the hose, or the very best process is to use a pump. 

In doing so, it is better to remove and skim all the debris out before using the pump. Use a leaf blower to remove the leaves. Hence, a skimmer is more practical to use to eliminate waste, insects, and grass clippings off the swimming pool cover. It is to secure that this debris will never cause any clogging of the pool cover pump. 

How To Get Water Off Pool Cover

Prepare the swimming pool cover pump. Connect the outlet hose. Always remember that the pump should be clean and without any debris. There should not be any abrasion on the power cord as well as no expose wirings. Do not use the pump if it has seen any of these. Get a new one because this may cause electrocution. Use the swimming pool cover pump the best of safety. It is strongly advisable to plug the outlet of the cover pump in a GFCI safety outlet. 

After the pump is placed on top of the swimming pool cover, submerge it as deep as possible to be able to pump as much water. It should be in an upright position. The hose should be straight and extended long enough for the drainage. Double check the cords that should not fall into the water. The possible result of this is known so be extra careful.  

After all the preparations and proper positioning of the cover pump, please turn it on to start pumping off water from the swimming pool cover. 

There are many types of swimming pool cover pump and from there will be the basis of pool owners on how they use it. Some have automatic switches. A very convenient type because there is no need to monitor the process until finished compared with those that do not have the feature. It still needs to unplug when done. Next, is the GPM (gallons per minute) capacity a particular swimming pool pump can perform. The bigger the GPM a pool cover can handle, the faster it can get to finish the job. While on the other pool cover pump, though it may take long hours to complete, is somewhat of an advantage. It can be another opportunity to do other activities while the pump is busy removing the water off the pool cover. But not for long (for the pump who do not have automatic switches). 

Special Reminder: Do not leave a swimming pool cover pump under extreme cold weather. It may damage the pump caused by freezing. Learn to use and maintain it. Be more aware of its functions and discover more.

How to Build a Pool Cover From PVC Pipe?

A swimming pool is possible to cover without making use of expensive materials. Using a swimming pool cover made from PVC pipe can help hold more heat on heated pools during the winter season. Also, this helps with saving more time in cleaning the swimming pool. It is not hard to build, and materials needed to construct the said cover are always available on hardware and warehouse stores within the area. That is why creating a pool cover from PVC pipe is not a bad idea at all. It gives lots of benefits at a lower cost. 

Here are the guidelines and steps on how to build a swimming pool cover from PVC pipe material:

1. Wear the required personal protective equipment. It is to secure safety.

2. Measure the size of the swimming pool. Use a measuring tape to know the length and width and add six inches on each measurement. It is to make sure that the PVC pipe pool cover stays flat on the ground surrounding the entire swimming pool.

3. Line up the PVC pipes that corresponds to the length measurement of the swimming pool. Use approximately 40 pipes of 1 -inch size PVC. By doing so, the pool cover is strong enough and will not break easily. Also, its weight is just sufficient that pool owners will not find it hard to remove or move it anytime.  

4. Cut the PVC pipes corresponding on the length measurement of the swimming pool. Use a PVC cutter.

5. Cut the PVC pipes corresponding on the width measurement of the swimming pool. Consider 10 ft. interval every piece of a 1 inch PVC pipe until the entire swimming pool has covered from one end to another. 

6. Use elbows and tees to assemble the PVC pipes. A 1-inch elbow is used on corners while a 1-inch tees is used to span the middle part. Use a 1-inch coupler to make a straight section. 

7. Lay down the assembled frame beside the swimming pool and double-check if it fits right. Ask for help to do this. When finally fits well, safety the connection of the PVC pipes. Use a primer or glue to finalize the fitting of each. Dry it well.

How to Build a Pool Cover From PVC Pipe

 8. Assemble the same PVC frame to make an outer frame. Do the same from steps 1 to step 7. 

 9. Put a tarp above the inner PVC frame. Length and width of the tarp should be a little larger than that of the PVC frames.        

10. Sandwich the tarp in between the inner and the outer PVC frame so the middle part will never cause any problem.  Tie down the tarp in its grommet holes on all edges tightly. Use a waterproof string.            

11. Put the PVC pipe pool cover on top of the swimming pool. Ask for help to do this. To help keep the PVC pipe pool cover down, put stones or anything substantial at the top of the edges of the tarp.

How to Cover an Above Ground Pool With a Deck?

Swimming pool decks help a lot on the entries and exits in an above ground swimming pool type.  It is a perfect spot for relaxation and socialization. Sizes of swimming pool decks vary on the capacity of people and the furniture it can hold. They may either made up of concrete woods, natural woods, composites, resins, or aluminum. They come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and designs to choose available. Pool owners are free to customize their pool area in any way they desire.

How to Cover an Above Ground Pool With a Deck

To cover an above ground swimming pool with a deck requires to undergo first the same processes of winterizing other above ground swimming pool. It is to secure a clean, healthy, and functional swimming pool after the winter season (You may also like blue wave winter pool cover). To recap, winterizing an above ground swimming pool will need the different kits for water testing, winterizing chemicals, and the presence of any biodegradable chemicals. It also needs equipment to clean the filters and the pool cover. Also, it requires different tools like plugs, water bags, blower, and an air pillow. The last on the list of materials for use is a pool cover and its accessories such as the pump and its seal. 

As a review, the first step to winterize an above ground swimming pool is to test and balance the chemical level of the swimming pool. It should be done a week before the closure of the swimming pool. Such chemicals to check are the ph level, the alkaline content, the chlorine, and the calcium hardness in that need to refer on the water test kit (chemistry test kit). 

After testing the chemicals, clean the swimming pool. Scrub vinyl liners to remove particles which promotes algae production and to get rid of stains and black residues. Next is to clean the swimming pool filters. Refer to the filter manuals on how to clean the filter tanks to eliminate the build ups of dirt and other residues. Then, put the winter chemicals. These are chlorine shock/non-chlorine shock and an algaecide. Please do not mix them at the same time. Chlorine might cause the breakage of algaecide and may not function well. Lower the water pool level. Drain the pool water with a pump. Winterize the swimming pool and remove its accessories such as the ladders, floats, and diving boards. Place an air pillow at the center of the swimming pool to keep off rainwater and snow on top of the pool cover. The above ground swimming pool is now ready for a cover.

Put about ¾ full of water bags around the edge of the above ground swimming pool with a deck. The water inside the container will freeze and will give weight to hold the swimming pool cover down. Avoid using concrete blocks to provide pressure because it may cause the swimming pool cover to break or damage. Alternatively, the swimming pool will be affected and suffer too. It is not a very good idea.