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Water Tubes for Pool Covers

Published by Matt Fichera on 09/16/2022

Water Tubes for Pool Covers

What are Pool Water Tubes?

Secure your inground pool cover for the long winter months with water tubes. Water tubes, also known as water bags, are affordable, made from high-quality vinyl, filled 2/3 full with water, and laid on the edges of your pool cover. Gone are the days of using soda bottles, milk jugs, or other improvised materials to secure your pool cover for the harsh winter months. Water tubes come in different sizes that usually range from 4 ft. to 10 ft. Take a look at our availability today!

What Do Winter Water Tubes Do?

Winter water tubes work as pool cover weights to hold your cover down. They come in handy during the snow, rain, and wind which is so prevalent in the off-season. You can even use them in conjunction with safety covers that are already anchored down. Water tubes help keep debris from blowing under the safety cover edges in between brass anchor points, or areas that are always in the wind.

At the start of each pool season, go ahead and drain the water from the tubes, allowing time to dry, and then put them away until the next off-season. We offer economy water tubes and premium quality water tube products. We recommend the premium quality water tubes which are less likely to break or rip mid-way through the off-season.

Double Water Tubes

Double tubes are also available for purchase. These help to avoid rolling on sloped pool decks. Double chamber tubes are not as heavy as the single chamber tubes so they are easier to move around when filled. With double chamber water tubes, if one tube breaks, then you still have the other tube to help hold down the cover.

What About Pool Corners?

Corner water tubes are also available. Straight water tubes on a corner simply don’t work sometimes. It becomes more difficult to hold down the corners of your pool cover in smaller areas like pool steps. Luckily, there are corner water tubes. These tubs are “L” shaped and measure in at 2” x 2” and fill them the same 2/3 fill allowing for ice expansion.

How Many Water Tubes Do I Need?

If you want to get the maximum benefit of these water tubes then you should measure the sides of the swimming pool and determine how many feet you need. For example, if the sides of your swimming pool were 30 feet, then (3) 10-foot single tube water bags would be the best option rather than using (4) 8-foot bags. We provide a chart that will help you calculate how many water bags you will need to close your swimming pool properly.

Tips & Tricks:

  • If you are having trouble closing the valves on the water tubes, try soaking them in warm water.
  • Position tubes around the pool before filling them with water. This way you know how many you need and it prevents you from having to haul them when full and heavier and risk breaking the water tubes.
  • It is recommended that you place the water bags near the edges of the swimming pool or about 18 inches away from the inside of the swimming pool edge. Placing them this way will get you better results.
  • Never fill your water tubes 100%. Allow for ice expansion by only filling them 3/4 of the way. You can get away with adding more water if you want to add antifreeze to each water tube.

Our team at E-Z Test Pool Supplies has many years of experience in pool closings and would be happy to answer any questions. Contact Us Here.