Your swimming pool cover is an important piece of equipment. In addition to keeping your pool safe, it protects your water. During the winter months, however, your swimming pool cover can take a beating, that is why you need to properly care for it.
7 tips to help you care for your swimming pool cover during the winter months
1. Keep it clean and clear
It is easy for leaves and other debris to gather on or around your swimming pool cover. If you take the cover off for even a short period, debris can get in and it can damage the cover. Soft covers can develop holes from leaves, while hard covers can have clasps and locks compromised by debris getting caught in them. To maintain proper safety, make sure the cover is clean.
2. Keep an eye out for damage and make repairs promptly
You should do regular checks of your swimming pool cover, that way if you have something like a hole developing, you may be able to repair it if you get to it early enough. You do not want to learn about damage by having a safety incident. By regularly checking your pool cover, you ensure it is still keeping your Vancouver swimming pool safe.
3. Maintain the proper water level
When snow weighs your swimming pool cover down, the water under it is actually what supports it. This means that, if the water gets too low, your pool cover will not have support. The snow can then make it sag, causing it to stretch out or even split/crack. Avoid this by keeping water levels where they should be.
4. Sustain tension
Most swimming pool covers are held in place by springs and straps. The springs need to have the right level of tension to keep the cover where it should be. If the tension is not right, a split/crack can open up. Do regular checks to ensure the cover is in place and the tension is right.
5. Mark where your cover is
If you walk on your pool cover, you may damage it or even injure yourself. During the winter months though, it can be hard to know where your deck ends and your cover begins. This is especially true if you have a pool cover that blends in with your deck or you live in an area that gets lots of snow. Avoid any problems by marking your swimming pool cover’s location before the snow arrives.
6. Leave the snow alone
It can be tempting to shovel the snow off your swimming pool cover. Refrain from doing that as shovelling can damage the cover. Instead, wait for the snow to melt as the thaw comes.
Now that winter is in full swing, you have more to think about than just your swimming pool cover. Here are some tips to help ensure that you closed your pool properly for the season.