With the kids heading back to school, the days growing shorter and the temperature dropping, pool owners are thinking more and more about their pool covers. Here are some tips to help you not only get the most out of your cover, but also how to keep, maintain and apply it to your space.
Let’s jump right in!
Always mark the corners of your cover
While the corners are relatively easy to find if you have a rectangular pool, it’s harder when your pool isn’t a simple square-ish shape. Folks regularly unfurl their covers to find that they’re backwards, upside down, or, well… who knows. We advise people to mark a few key points with zip ties, pipe cleaners or even a smidge of spray paint. That way, you’ll have a better sense of direction and it’ll save you a ton of time.
Always unravel your cover evenly
Most covers aren’t rolled up per se, but rather accordion folded so that two people can unfold it evenly and fold it up even faster. We recommend that you try to do all you can to not drag your cover across the ground because it can cause a lot of unnecessary wear and tear on the cover; so making a two-person job is always advisable. Make sure one side is secure before making sure you secure the exact opposite side and so forth.
Properly storing your cover
While we’re never really closing our pools in the Florida area, proper storage is something you should always be mindful of. The first tip is to make sure you let your cover dry off first. When you immediately throw it in its bag and back into the shed wet – it can grow mold and even find itself as an attractive home for pests and other small animals. So when you take it off – let it dry out, then fold it, let it sit for a little while and then put it away.
Always patch the gaps
There are a myriad of simple, affordable ways to patch up the holes in your cover that we’ll be happy to walk you through. While covers DO make frequent contact with water, you don’t want excess building up on the top of the cover because again – you’re opening yourself up to mold and other grime. It’s also accessible for animals and the like and one small hole can become a huge tear or another even less desirable problem down the road. So when there’s a hole, patch it up quickly.