Why do you need a pillow in an above-ground pool?

Author: Ryder Harvey  |  Last update: Sunday, June 5, 2022

Sometimes also called an ice compensator, a pool air pillow is used to compensate for the accumulation of rain, snow, and ice that may build up on the pool cover over the winter months. By placing an air-filled pool pillow under the winter cover, you create a void in the water and on the top of the cover.

Do I really need a pool pillow?

Do I Need A Pool Pillow? While they're not 100% necessary, winter pool pillows are incredibly helpful. They help protect your pool from expanding ice and promote even weight distribution, which is why we highly encourage them for pool owners.

Is an air pillow necessary for above ground pool?

Air Pillows are a winter closing essential for aboveground pools in colder climates. This rugged vinyl air pillow absorbs the pressure of freezing and thawing to protect the cover and walls of your pool. When your pool water freezes, the Air Pillow compresses to relieve pressure on your pool walls.

Do I need to put a pillow under my pool cover?

We strongly recommend using an air pillow under your winter cover. The first reason to install a winter cover air pillow is to protect your pool from expanding ice. When you don't use an air pillow, the cover sits right on top of the water and the ice will want to expand outwards.

What is the purpose of a pool pillow?

The main purpose of an air-filled pool pillow is to protect your pool and cover from ice damage in the winter. When your pool water freezes, the ice will naturally expand toward the outer edges of the pool, inevitably putting undue strain on the sides of your pool and possibly damaging them.

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How do I keep a pillow in the middle of my pool?

Tie strong string or thin rope to both ends of the pillow; it should have grommets on the edges for this purpose. Place the pillow in the center of the pool. Secure the other ends of the strings to the edge of the pool to keep the pillow in place.

What happens if your pool pillow deflates?

Do not get worried if your pool pillow has popped or deflated. This just means that the pillow has done its job! The purpose of the pool pillow is to compensate for the rain, snow or ice in your pool and on your cover.

How does the pool pillow Pal work?

The Pool Pillow Pal acts an an anchor for the cover and helps to secure it in place and protect it during windy conditions before rain and snow accumulate on the cover.

How do I keep my above ground pool from sagging?

How to keep a pool cover from sagging
  1. Keep the center of the cover higher than the sides. ...
  2. Secure the outer edge with heavy objects such as H2O blocks or bags. ...
  3. Adjust the sagging on the cover as soon as possible. ...
  4. Use a portable pool cover pump instead. ...
  5. Build your own cover support structure.

Should my pool cover touch the water?

The cover is designed to touch the surface of the water. So your pool should always be filled when covered, and the water level should never go below 18 inches from the top of the pool. Check the water level of the pool and fill it up if it goes below 18 inches.

Can I use a tarp to cover my pool?

CCS polypropylene mesh tarps are the best tarp for pool covers. They do an exceptional job blocking sunlight, which is essential for preventing algae growth when chemicals are not being added regularly. Polypropylene tarps are strong, too, so they can withstand the weight of ice and snow that builds up over the winter.

Are above ground pools worth it?

An above-ground pool is, by far, the least expensive option for a pool. Kids love them, and built-in fencing and locking gate options make them safe. The main disadvantage of an above-ground pool is that it generally adds no value to your home.

What are disadvantages of above ground pools?

Above ground swimming pools also come with a few disadvantages, some of which you probably suspected:
  • Above ground pools generally don't look as nice as inground pools. ...
  • They don't add value to your property. ...
  • The options and features are limited. ...
  • They don't last forever.

How long does above ground pool last?

2018. A high-quality above ground pool from Valley Pool & Spa should last between 10 and 20 years depending on how well you care for it. However, your pool liner will not last as long as your pool. Contact a pool expert at our store to see if you need a new liner before you decide to replace your entire pool.

What the deepest an above ground pool can be?

Above-Ground pools are available in a variety of sizes, in Round and Oval shapes. Depths range from 48" to 54".

Should pool cover be tight?

Safety covers should be drum-tight, with only a slight deflection in the middle. When covers are too loose, leaves can blow under easily, and a high water level in springtime quickly traps leaves and turns your cover into a giant tea bag.

Why do pool covers have holes in them?

For safety reasons; if someone should end up under the pool cover, air will come in through the holes. These small holes prevent a large pool of water from getting on the pool cover.

Will a black tarp heat a pool?

A swimming pool tarp, for example, that's black on both sides is like a giant solar panel. Because a black tarp on a swimming pool's water surface traps solar heat energy, it will eventually turn cool, refreshing pool water into a tepid, warm bath.

Can you run pump with pool cover on?

Is It Safe To Run The pool Pump With The Pool Cover On? It is safe to run the pool pump and filter with a swimming pool cover on. The pool cover doesn't in any way stop or hinder the pool pump from circulating the water or carrying out its function.

How do you weigh down a pool cover?

Sand Bags.

Use sand bags as weights to hold the pool cover in place so that nothing floats into the pool. Plus, the smooth nature of sand bags offer a safe alternative to abrasive bricks or rocks that can damage your pool cover.

How do you keep a pool cover filled with rain?

  1. 5.1 Keep The Middle Section Of Your Pool Cover Higher Than The Sides.
  2. 5.2 Use Heavy Objects To Keep The Edges In Place.
  3. 5.3 Fix It As Soon As You See It.
  4. 5.4 Opt For A Portable Pool Cover.
  5. 5.5 Build A Support Structure.
  6. 5.6 Use Pool Pillows.
  7. 5.7 Use H2O Bags.
  8. 5.8 Use A Pool Safety Cover.

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