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Whether you have an in-ground or above-ground pool, you most likely have a pool cover to go with it.

During the summer and fall, the pool cover keeps debris out while you use the pool frequently, but once the cold weather hits the cover takes on a whole new use which is to protect the pool from winter damage.

North Jersey winters can be unpredictable, ranging from relatively mild to very snowy and brutal.

Debris from winter storms and wind, ice and snow, and other elements can cost you a lot of money if they damage the pool, so it is best to follow the below protocol to keep your pool cover safe and sturdy during the season to then protect your pool.

Clear off snow and ice regularly from your pool cover.

Snow and ice are the real enemies when it comes to your pool cover, and both can pack a punch when it comes to costly damage. The weight of the ice and snow itself can cause the cover to detach and become loose–potentially causing it to snag and rip. The constant pressure may also cause the middle of the cover to begin to become weak, also cause a threat of ripping mid-winter.

Make sure the pool cover is securely attached to the siding of the pool.

Using a cable and a winch, you should be able to secure your pool cover to the side of your pool, whether it is an in-ground or above ground pool. Without a secure cover, debris can get inside and clog your mechanical equipment such as a filter. Also, a loose cover is a potential safety hazard if it becomes loose during strong winter winds.

An added technique is to purchase pool clips to clip down the cover as well, adding an extra layer of safety for the cover itself and your family.

Note any wear and tear to the pool cover and address immediately.

Being cognizant of your pool cover is key to addressing any concerns. If you see any wear and tear on your pool cover, it should be addressed immediately. Even more proactive is to keep a sharp eye on your pool cover to make sure it is attached, sturdy, and clean which can avoid the wear and tear from happening at an expedited rate.

Add some water on top of the cover to avoid wind damage.

This may sound counter-intuitive to the ice and snow statement above, but what we mean is fresh water when faced with a wind storm. If the temperatures are not freezing, then this will work easier, but if the temperatures are freezing, then you will have to add the water for wind safety and then remove for ice and snow safety.

Wind tends to be a bigger threat to the safety of your pool cover then snow or ice so adding water is advised even if it includes the removal later on.

Island Pool& Spa is ready to answer all your questions regarding your pool and your pool cover you may have during the winter here in New Jersey. We realize you may worry about the durability and cost-factor to anything regarding a pool cover due to the brutality of a Northeast winter and are here to help you out. Beyond our advice, we do offer many pieces of equipment including pool clips and cables to secure your pool and cover during the winter. Come in and speak with one of our professionals today!