Warmer weather is just around the corner! Soon, the time will come to take the cover off and enjoy your pool in the summer sun. 

Most pool owners focus on maintaining pool water, equipment and chemicals, but what about your swimming pool cover? Proper care can ensure you prolong the life and condition of your swimming pool cover! 

 

We created this 7 point checklist on how to care for your swimming pool cover correctly

 

1. Regularly inspect your pool cover for damage

Take the time to regularly inspect your pool cover for tears or holes. Having a rip could lead to unwanted debris falling into your pool or/and water evaporating. If the water evaporates, it could cause the water levels to drop and become unbalanced. If you find a tear/hole, contact a pool cover supplier to have it repaired by a professional swimming pool maintenance company. 

2. Keep your pool chemicals balanced 

Be sure to regularly test your pool water chemistry as unbalanced chemicals can damage your swimming pool cover over time. 

3. Take your cover off at least once per week 

Taking the cover off your pool once a week allows the chlorine byproducts to evaporate into the air. It’s important to do this as these byproducts can corrode the underside of your pool cover. You should also leave the cover off for at least 2 hours if you shock your pool and ensure no children are in the pool area. 

4. Pay attention to your water level 

Depending on what type of cover you have, you should make sure the water level is correct. For automatic covers, mid-level is most appropriate and for mesh covers, a lower waterline is required. 

5. Remove leaves and debris

While it’s great that your cover is doing its job keeping twigs, leaves and other dirt from landing in your pool, it’s important to regularly clean it off. Sticks and other debris could lead to holes being poked in your cover and leaves can result in permanent stains. Using a leaf blower and a garden hose works well.

6. Keep a cover-cleaning schedule

Clean your cover approximately every 3 months to avoid residue build-up. As mentioned above, you can simply hose or wipe it down. To remove stains, gently scrub using a mild detergent like dish soap and a little water. If you have mould developing on your pool cover, you can use some diluted bleach, then spray it off with your hose. If you’re using any soaps or bleach products, move your cover away from the pool to ensure these don’t pollute your pool water. 

7. Pump rainwater off

Depending on the type of cover you have, water accumulation can damage your pool cover. Certain pool covers are not made to withstand the weight of water, so when water builds up its added pressure on the seams of the cover. This could lead to tears and holes. 

If you don’t have plans to use your swimming pool in the upcoming months, then check out our post on the appropriate steps to take when your pool is not in use