auto cover used as winter cover?
hello community - anyone out there use your auto cover as your winter cover? Locally, if I ask pool service vendors, I'm getting answers like, "I've seen it done, but it's not recommended..." or "get a winter cover" which sounds like they just want to sell the winter cover.
Our snowfall is less than 5-8 days a year and it's usually less than an inch of snow that melts by the afternoon. We do have the rare years where we get feet of snow but that happens every 10 years and the last one was three years ago.
My plan is to put our big pump on the cover and if we get a big snowfall, open up the cover to let the snow in. If we get our usual snow, it will be less than an inch and then melt. I'll close the cover back up and put the pump back on.
My auto cover is Cover Pools Save-T 3 auto pool cover and we live in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The Cover Pools Save-T 3 Owner's Manual says that it can be used as a winter cover but to keep all water pumped off the cover so "you can go through the winter with as little weight as possible on the cover."
So, anyone use their auto cover as their winter cover? what have you experienced? can you please tell me how much work you do throughout the winter to deal with snow accumulation? Any pros/cons?