Pool Filter Covers: What Cover Should You Get?

Written By: Chris Tebbutt
Date Published: August 10, 2022

If you're a pool guy, I am sure you can understand my frustration with filter, wires, tubes, plumbing etc laying out in the open. Not only are they a hazard for someone to trip and hurt themselves, but they are a sore sight for the eyes.

I like my backyard and overall area clean and tidy, but a pool filter can take up quite a bit of space with a bunch of stuff hanging around it, thus hiding it and organizing the wires and tubes can be a challenge.

While tossing your filter inside a shed might seem like the best solution, there are better alternatives with their unique set of pros and cons.

I will share with you what type of pool filter cover you need whether it is for an above ground or an inground swimming pool. So let's get started.

Most Recommended Pool Filter Cover

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The filter and pump cover by Acoustic Box is the best choice if you are browsing around pool equipment enclosures. It is aesthetically pleasing, functional, sturdy, and rust-proof with sound-proofing capabilities.

I personally prefer a simple white color because it blends really well with the green color of grass and goes nicely with a backyard set-up. However, you do have the choice between other colors as well such as gray, black, green etc.

This cover is relatively on the expensive side, but for pool owners who want something that will last a long time without decaying, fading paint, and with quality materials, then whether you have an above ground pool or inground pool, you can't go wrong with this selection as long as you properly set up the plumbing and tubing.

What I love about Acoustic Box

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When I first got interested in setting up a swimming pool in my backyard, besides just the headache of choosing an appropriate pool from above ground pools to inground pools, to knowing the appropriate volume, I also had to sift through different brands of pool pumps, filters, on and on.

It didn't stop there, in addition to trying to make my pool look nicer, there were wires, plumping, and a pool pump and filter to hide. Most companies quoted custom installation options that were expensive. Doing it yourself can also take time and skill, so I was annoyed with all the technicalities.

Luckily Acoustic Box was something that you could set up straight out of the box without any power tools that even a caveman could set it up.

Overall, I can't find much fault with Acoustic Box besides shipping and comparatively higher costs with other primitive pool filter and pump covers.

From bigger to smaller sizes, they have it all with a variety of colors. Best of all, their products are so easy to set up. It can be done within 5-10 minutes!

Pros:

  • Aesthetic design and look
  • Functional with compartments for organizing things
  • Australian galvanized steel, so no rust or decay
  • 80% sound-proofing, certified by a sound engineer
  • Easy to set up with no nuts, bolts, or tools needed (Assembled in 15 minutes)

Cons:

  • Slightly more expensive compared to other out-of-the-box covers.
  • A bit heavier

What could be improved

If there are a few minor things to mention about this product that could be slightly improved, it is mostly the grounding and footing.

It would have been good if there was something to firmly stick to the ground, but the product itself has pieces of rectangular walls that kind of hold itself together without any firm grounding on the floor.

The heavier weight perhaps doesn't make nails and stakes necessary, but I noticed when someone accidentally brushed against the filter cover, it was moved a little out of place than where it was originally set up.

However, if you lean it against a wall or a corner, you wouldn't really deal with the filter cover moving about, so it's really a minor thing. I do understand that Acoustic Box is trying to be as minimalist as possible.

Best place to install it

I would recommend somewhere near the corner where people don't usually go or next to your house where the power outlets and trash bins are, but it's up to you where you think suits you best.

Here are some ideas from other pool owners who set up Acoustic Box.

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Sound-proofing and noise reduction

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You don't have to make any soundproofing or anything at all. It comes with thick industrial acoustic foam right out of the box which helps with reducing the pool pump noise significantly. Supposedly they had an audio engineer test it and it was over 80% noise reduction.

So there is no need to go shopping for pool supplies and waste your time.

Wires, tubes, and plumbing organization

It would be easier if you set up the Acoustic Box near your outdoor power outlet because you can easily connect your pool pump whilst also hiding wires, outlets, and other pool equipment.

If you are serious about keeping everything clean and safe in the backyard, I highly recommend every pool owner to cover their plumbing, wiring, and tubes with some sort of gravel or grass. You can place fake grass over them if you don't necessarily want to dig through your backyard.

How To Set Up The Pool Equipment Enclosure

Setting up the Acoustic Box filter cover is very simple and will only take you a few minutes.

Total Time: 10 minutes

Find a suitable place to set up your cover

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Usually somewhere in the corner, close to a wall/power outlet, or behind your above ground pool (if you have this type of swimming pool) where the cover can remain hidden are some recommended places.

The further the pool pump, filter, and pool equipment enclosure is from your pool, the more likely you will have to deal with organizing and hiding wires, plumbing, tubes, hoses etc. So find a place that is both aesthetically pleasing but also practical.

People have different backyards and house layouts, so use your own judgment and decide where you would like to set it up.

Place your wooden footings (skip to the next step if you don't have them)

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I highly suggest that you get some sort of footings for your pool pump and filter cover, especially if you will be placing it on concrete, gravel, or slightly uneven ground.

Footings will not only help your pool equipment enclosure remain sturdy and strong even during strong winds but also allow for an even and equally leveled wall height.

Place your pool pump, filter, motor, and other pool supplies

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Set your pool filter and other equipment where you intend to set up the cover. It's easier to do this before rather than afterward because trying to lift heavy things over walls is annoying and you may end up hitting and bumping your filter tank and other equipment on the edges of the pool equipment enclosure.

Once you organize where the motor, filter, pump, and supplies will be, you are ready to start building up the walls.

Assemble the walls for the enclosure

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Start with the longest piece. It's easier to hold and keep upright whilst connecting the shorter wall piece. However, asking another person to help build it is recommended.

It should be fairly easy and straightforward to set up since there won't be any screws or bolts. You just need to connect the walls together correctly as per the instructional video and manual. Make sure everything is sturdy and firmly in place.

Inspect everything is properly set up

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Finally, double check if everything is in the correct and appropriate place. If everything looks good, you can close the lid and the door, and lock it up. Don't worry about ventilation because Acoustic Box comes with tested ventilation gaps that get airflow which prevent any heat and exhaust on the inside.

In addition, the filter box comes with a fully removable front door, so as long as you unlock the box, you can open up the door and lid if you ever need to inspect your pump, filter, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

In case you need answers to some commonly asked questions, read here for our detailed breakdown of answers to FAQ.

Should pool filter and pump be covered?

It's generally a good idea to have a filter and pool pump cover. A pool filter and pump cover helps to protect the equipment from losing color in the sun and keeps leaves and other debris from potentially hitting and damaging the filtration system.

While pool filters and pumps are designed to withstand tough weather and the winter, think of it this way... A car is designed to withstand the cold and bad weather, but it certainly is better to store it in the garage in order to increase its lifespan. Same goes for pool equipment.

In addition, covers can help to keep the area around the pool clean and tidy. Just make sure that the cover or the fence is firmly planted on the ground so that it doesn't blow away in strong winds.

Is there a difference between above ground pool and inground pool filter covers?

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There can be small differences, but there are plenty of filter covers that are suitable for both an inground or an above ground pool.

With in-ground pools, you can actually hide your pool filter and pump somewhere in the basement (though not recommended because of the risk of flooding) or someplace that's more appropriate in your backyard. Due to the nature of inground pools requiring a lot of pre-planning, you can better install heavy-duty tubes, plumbing, and wires from the get-go.

An above ground pool on the other hand may lack the proper infrastructure to place a filter box far away from the pool, hence leaving you with the option to set up your pump and filter cover somewhere nearby the pool, which may not visually look the most appealing. If you care about the visual aspect, you could fork up some cash and install heavy-duty plumbing and tubing which can allow for the filter box to be placed somewhere more suitable like closer to a house outlet or a wall.

What are some cheap alternatives for a pool filter cover?

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You could get one of these Vinyl Privacy Screens by Enclo. It's a cheaper alternative when it comes to pool equipment enclosures. It's a square-shaped wall/fence that can be moved around quite easily without any special tools.

This specific filter cover by Enclo can be very suitable for above ground pools that don't have heavy-duty tubing and plumbing. You can set up the pool filter, pump, and other equipment nearby the pool for maximum efficiency and just cover it up with Enclo's Vinyl Screens. Many pool owners in fact opt for this alternative.

The only downside is there is no noise reduction, so you will hear the pool pump and filter while it is on. In addition, there is minimal protection from the weather and outside elements, but most pool equipment that is worth its salt is made with the outdoors and mother nature in mind.

Is it a good idea to put your pool equipment, pump, and filter in the garage or shed?

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You definitely can, but you will need longer wiring, tubing, and plumbing as mentioned above if your shed or garage is far away. In addition, the further your filter and pump are away from your entire pool, the more you will have to pay for utility bills since the pump and filter won't work as efficiently since they have to work harder to compensate for the distance to maintain proper water flow.

Also, you run the risk of any other tools or equipment in your garage or shed getting wet and damaged if there is a water leak.

Personally, it's just not worth it putting it somewhere inside the house or around other valuable belongings in the shed, so it's better to keep them outside with some level of protection.

How to soundproof pool pump and motor

Besides the visual aspect of hiding a pool filter, soundproofing your pool pump and motor will also improve the overall experience of owning a pool.

The most recommended way to soundproof is to buy a pool equipment enclosure with foam and thicker walls.

However, if you are on a budget, you can simply buy soundproofing foams separately and place them around your pool filter fence or box. Eventually, they will get dirty and it's not the best solution, so in the long run it's just simpler to get a pool filter cover with built-in soundproofing foam like Acoustic Box or put your pool equipment somewhere farther away from the pool.

Can I leave my filter, pump, and motor out all winter?

While it is true that some types of pool equipment are designed to be left out all winter, others need to be stored away to prevent damage from the cold weather.

For example, pool filters should be emptied of water and stored indoors over winter. This helps to prevent the filter media from freezing and cracking. Similarly, motors should also be stored indoors or in a well-insulated shed to prevent moisture build-up and internal damage.

Pool pumps, on the other hand, can typically be left outdoors as long as they are properly covered and protected from the outside elements.

How do you store a pool filter for the winter?

How To Clean A Pool Filter

There are a few things you need to do to properly store your pool filter for the winter. First, make sure that the filter is clean by backwashing it (if you have D.E or sand filter) and then rinsing it with clean water. This will help to prevent dirt and debris from clogging the filter over the winter months.

Next, you need to drain the filter of all water. This can be done by disconnecting the hoses and allowing the filter to gravity drain. Once the filter is dry, you can either store it indoors or cover it with a tarp outdoors.

If you decide to store it outdoors, make sure that the tarp is securely fastened so that it doesn't blow away in the wind. By taking these simple steps, you can ensure that your pool filter will be in good condition when spring arrives.

How do you winterize a sand filter?

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It's important to properly winterize your sand filter. If you don't, the water in the filter can freeze and expand, damaging the filter tank. The good news is that winterizing a sand filter is a simple process.

First, you'll need to backwash the filter to remove any debris that has accumulated over the summer. Next, you'll need to clean the filter tank with a mild bleach solution and rinse. Once the tank is clean, set the valve to winterize, which will drain the water from the valve, then afterward drain all the water from the tank as well.

As long as there is no moisture inside the tank and all the water is properly drained, your sand filter is now winterized. The sand inside a filter can last up to 5 years, so no need in taking it out or replacing it.

You can choose to leave the filter outside, but I highly suggest that you store it somewhere inside.

Should I cover my sand filter for the winter?

The structural integrity of the tank and the parts can hold out in the winter, but cosmetically, it may take some damage.

If you have to leave it out during the winter, ideally it needs to be protected by a cover or some sort of bag to go over the filter. You don't necessarily want rain, snow, dirt, and leaves to be piling on top of your filter, so make sure to clean it once in a while.

Closing Thoughts & Recommendations

Even though you can have your pool equipment laying outside in your backyard, without any cover, you are reducing the lifespan on top of having a messy setup.

Ultimately if you want the best solution, then get a filter cover from Acoustic Box.

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It looks great and fits really well in a backyard. Plus, you can set it up anywhere you like within minutes as long as the plumbing is not a problem. In addition to the soundproofing capabilities, the paint job is high quality, so no rusting, chipping, or fading even during the winter. So, you can store your pool filter, pump, and motor inside your Acoustic Box during the winter months if you prefer.

However, for a cheaper alternative, go with Eclo's Vinyl Privacy Screens. They won't necessarily protect your equipment from the outside elements, but at least it will look significantly better than having tubes, wires, filter, pump, etc out in the open; it can be a safety hazard in some cases, to be honest.

Article written by Chris Tebbutt
In 2016 I got my first house that had a pool and I had no idea where to begin. Over time I have learnt how to do most things myself (I am really into DIY) and wanted to share my information with other. I was one of the people who thought if water smelt like chlorine, that meant there was too much chlorine in the water!

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