Pool safety covers in Bucks and Montgomery County are a must-have for backyard pool owners. Not only do they protect the pool from unnecessary wear and tear during the off-season, but they also ensure that no children, adults, or pets can fall in and injure themselves. Pool owners can read on to find a few tips for how to maintain their pool safety covers so that they’ll be able to use them for years to come.
Keep it Tight
When in use, safety covers must be pulled tight enough that nothing can get beneath them but remain loose enough to accommodate rain and snow accumulation. The easiest way for pool owners to ensure that a cover is tight enough not to allow wind beneath it but loose enough to avoid damage is to hire a pool company or contractor who can help. Pool owners who wish to close their own pools for winter should note that most experts recommend 50% spring compression for mesh covers and up to 75% compression for solid covers.
Cleaning the Cover
It’s important to clean the cover periodically to prevent it from getting moldy, as this will cause it to deteriorate faster. Debris can be removed while the cover is in use using a leaf blower, while dirt can be gently removed using clean water and a brush. Never spray chemical detergents on pool covers while they are in use. Instead, wait until the cover is removed for the season and using a mild detergent to remove any stains, mold, or mildew.
Maintaining Water Levels
The pool’s water level should usually be set to between 15 and 18 inches below its cover for the off-season. Water levels can be checked by removing one corner of the cover and pulling it back. Should ice or snow accumulate on top of the cover and weigh it down, the excess water can be removed using an automatic pump.
Things to Avoid
Try to avoid walking on the cover unnecessarily. The only time this should be necessary is while cleaning the pool’s drain panel or the area around its pump or, of course, in an emergency. Never spray pool chemicals through the cover, and if they are spilled on the cover accidentally, make sure to rinse them off immediately.