How to remove snow from the pool roof?

According to Audrey Gosseaume

Failure to remove snow from the protective cover poses a risk.

In winter, the swimming pool is protected by a curtain or tarpaulin. But in case of extreme frosts, they can quickly be covered by a layer of snow. Here’s how to respond.

At the end of the summer season, you winterize the pool and cover it with a cover or winter tarp to protect it from bad weather and prevent leaves or dirt from falling into it. What happens when it starts to snow? Should the snow be cleared, and if so, how? Here are some tips for remove snow from the pool cover and elements to consider.

Should you remove snow from the pool roof?

Yes, if it snows a lot in your area, it really is best to remove the snow from the pool cover. Why ?

Snow can build up and put excessive pressure on the cover, especially if your pool is empty. Additionally, once the snow melts, it can turn into ice.

These two scenarios can lead to tearing, warping or even tearing of the tarp and tearing off of the fixings (bolts, casings, elastic bungee cord) during a fall. A damaged cover allows dirt to enter the pool, which can make cleaning difficult when you put the pool back into service after the winter.

How to remove snow from the pool roof?

Use these tools to remove snow from an inground, semi-inground, or above-ground pool cover:

  • Broom with telescopic handle;
  • Snow shovel;
  • Wide trowel;
  • Drain pump.

Snow removal itself is not difficult. Start by clearing the paths and pool deck with a snow shovel, then take the broom and remove the snow from the cover. The shovel could damage your tarp. Push the snow to the sides of the pool with a broom and clear it away. If you can’t reach the center of the cover, try using a scoop. Otherwise, remove as much snow as possible and let the rest melt. To speed up the melting, you can especially sprinkle with pool salt.

If the snow has already melted and you don’t have a filter cover, consider pumping out the excess water that collects on the pool cover with a pump if you have one. If your cover is not 100% waterproof, consider draining the pool a bit so it doesn’t overflow and stays in winter mode.

What are the risks?

Here are some tips to follow when clearing snow:

  1. Be careful not to step on the winter pool cover, it could collapse under your weight.
  2. Clearing snow in pairs: it is not only faster, but also safer (in case of falling on snow or ice).
  3. Do not use sharp, metal or pointed objects (such as an ice pick or sharpened stick) to remove snow or ice from the tarp. You could damage the pool cover.
  4. Regularly check that your winter tarpaulin is still secured and taut so that there are no inconveniences the next time it snows.

Which pool covers are suitable for snow?

There are several types of winter covers for swimming pools.

  • Waterproof tarpaulin with a central filter pocket, forming a grid for drainage of rainwater or slush.
  • 4-season winter cover made of very strong and very durable PVC.
  • Special protective cover against snow
  • A protective net (or safety filter sheet) made of woven and durable polypropylene, often used in areas with regular snowfall.

When buying a pool cover, read the instructions for use: the tolerable snow thickness in centimeters is always indicated there. You can find pool covers between 90 and 550 gr/m2, with the higher the weight, the more durable the cover.

Finally, whatever type of cover you use, make sure it is in contact with the water in your pool or a few inches below the skimmer in the winter.

The water will actually help hold the weight of the snow as it falls.

Snow removal from pool covers is generally recommended to prevent possible damage and extend the life of the cover. Use the appropriate tools and be careful not to damage the tarp during the process.

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