How Tight Should My Pool Winter Cover Be?

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It’s the time of year when you want to make sure that your pool is closed properly for the winter months. Ensuring that your pool cover fits properly is key.

One question you might have asked yourself is: How tight should my winter cover be? The short answer is that it depends on the cover. Here’s what we recommend and how to tell if your pool cover is installed correctly:

How Tight Should My Pool Safety Cover Be?

Safety cover installed on a pool

Your pool safety cover should be ‘drum tight’. If your cover is too loose, debris can get in and under the cover. A loose cover can also allow debris to collect on top, making it heavier and more difficult to remove in the spring.

The pool cover springs should be halfway compressed, and water should be directed toward drain panels to avoid puddling and staining. To achieve this, the corners of your cover should be the tightest, and the middle should be the loosest.

Which Pool Cover Is Best?

Inground swimming pool with cover on it and water pump during a snowfall in winter, Indiana, USA

We recommend safety winter covers as the best option to keep your pool protected during the snowy and icy winter months. These types of pool covers are installed into the deck of the pool and connected with heavy-duty stainless steel springs that absorb the weight of snow, rain, and ice.

Because of its sturdiness, not only will it keep debris out of your pool during the off-season, but it will also act as a safety measure for pets and children. If a person or a pet were to step on the cover, they wouldn’t fall into the pool, as they might with looser or lighter covers.

Reasons To Choose Safety Covers Instead of Tarp-Style Covers

covered pool in the garden


In addition to all of the reasons mentioned above, pool safety covers will last significantly longer before they need to be replaced when compared with tarps. Tarp-style covers need to be replaced every few years and safety covers last at least 10 years.

What Do I Do If An Anchor (Spring) Breaks or I Notice Significant Sagging?

Safety cover with water and leaves on it

Sometimes midwinter tightening is required. This must be done prior to freezing, which makes it important to close your pool and install your safety cover with enough time for it to settle before winter sets in.

If you’d like help installing your pool safety cover, or need assistance with midwinter tightening, contact us.

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