How to Care for your Pool Cover

Typically, swimming pool owners are concerned with cleaning and maintaining a well balanced pool, but what about your pool cover? Just as your swimming pool requires care, so does your cover. If this is “new news” to you, or if your thinking of purchasing a pool cover, stay tuned. We’re going to list the most important tips to successfully maintain a healthy, long lasting pool cover.

Automatic Pool Covers

  • Check water levels. Water level should be mid-skimmer level. Too much water can flood the system. Low water will cause more sag, putting more strain on the cover, especially when large loads of water, snow or debris accumulate.
  • Debris, snow, and water must be removed immediately to avoid damage to reel components and liner caused by excess strain. A telescopic pole and brush can remove excess debris or snow. For water accumulation, place a cover pump on the cover to pump the water off.
  • Automatic pool covers must be cleaned ever 3-6 months. Over time, your cover is exposed to water from your pool. The sun then dries out the water, leaving chemical residue. Left over residue can result in a reduced lifespan of the cover.
  • Reel out and clean your cover in sections; one at a time. Apply detergent, brush lightly, spray down with garden hose and remove excess water with cover pump.
  • Spray reel components with teflon based lubricant every season to make sure components are running smoothly. This will prevent wear on moving parts.
  • Clean the motor housing once a year and inspect track to make sure it’s secure. Tighten any loose areas as needed.
  • Check periodically for rips or tears in your cover. Patch kits are available and should be used immediately, as holes can compromise the safety of the cover.
  • After adding chemicals to your pool, leave your cover open (off) for two hours. This will prevent premature aging of your cover.

Solid Swimming Pool Covers

  • Check waterline periodically. Heavy debris, water, and snow loads, combined with a low waterline, can add excess strain on your cover, reducing the lifespan.
  • Clean every 3-6 months using a garden hose, pool brush, cover pump and mild detergent such as dish soap. Put the cover pump on the pool liner. Apply detergent and wet with a hose. Then use a pool brush to scrub the liner. Once clean, rinse with a garden hose and remove accumulated water using a cover pump.
  • If you have mold developing on your pool cover, clean your cover with (diluted) bleach, then spray off with a garden hose. To avoid mold growth, make sure your cover is completely dry before storing when not in use.
  • Check periodically for rips or tears in your cover. Patch kits are available and should be used immediately as holes in the cover can compromise the cover.
  • Make sure to avoid covering your pool within the first two hours after applying chemicals to your pool. This prevents damage that can be caused by pool chemicals.

Mesh Swimming Pool Covers

  • Make sure to check your waterline. A low waterline combined with heavy snow or debris loads will add excess strain to your pool cover and shorten the lifespan.
  • Clean with bleach or mild chlorine mix to get rid of any dirt or mold that’s developed on the cover. Use a push broom to scrub the cover and rinse with garden hose. Leave the cover out in the sun and allow for drying to avoid mold or mildew.
  • Check the cover periodically for any rips or tears. Fallen branches or other sharp object can puncture the mesh cover and reduce the strength of the cover. Any sign of rip or tear should be taken care of immediately.
  • large amounts of snow, debris or water should be removed to avoid extra strain on the cover. Water can be easily removed using a cover pump. Everything else can be removed using a brush with telescopic pole.
  • Check spring tension periodically. Spring tension should be set to at least half compression. If the cover is loose it can reduce draining and cause more strain to the cover.
  • After removal of cover, clean out all anchor sockets to ensure proper anchor function upon the next use.

Solar Covers

  • To clean your solar cover, hose off and gently scrub cover with a soft brush.
  • Before storing solar covers, make sure to hose off and clean the cover, preventing left over chemical residue which can shorten the lifespan of the cover.
  • When solar covers are not in use, it’s important to remove from the sunlight. The same cells that generate heat for your pool can generate excess heat to the cover when rolled or folded, damaging your solar cover and shortening the lifespan. If stored on a reel, a solar cover protector must be used to avoid heat damage. To avoid the presence of mildew, allow the solar cover to dry completely before storing.
  • After adding chemicals to your pool, do not use your use your solar cover for at least 2 hours. High chemical loads can cause damage to the solar cover when in use.

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When Kevin’s not enjoying the water himself he’s engaging himself in the wide world of pool and spa knowledge which he passes on to our customers through producing content for our blogs and website. Outside of the pool world you can find him enjoying life with friends, family and his off the wall dog Brixton.