Investing in an automatic safety cover for your swimming pool is one of the best things you can do for your family, guests and your peace of mind. These covers prevent unsupervised access to the pool by young children while also minimizing water and heat loss which costs you money. In order to ensure the highest return on your investment, you want to take care of your cover so it lasts for many years.
The Owner’s Guide to Automatic Cover Care
It’s easy to maximize the useful life and value of your pool automatic safety cover. Incorporate these simple steps to your overall pool maintenance program.
Remove water from the cover: Use a cover pump to remove standing water from the top of your cover whenever it accumulates. Pumps are lightweight, intuitive to use, and can quickly remove puddles. Pricing available upon request.
Remove dirt and debris from the cover: Automatic safety covers are strong and durable, but nevertheless you don’t want to allow debris to remain on your cover for long to avoid staining. Gently remove dirt and leaves with a soft pool brush or broom.
Look for obstructions: Check for and remove objects such as towels, pool toys, etc. that might obstruct the cover when you are opening or closing it.
Leave the cover open after adding chemicals: For at least two hours after you’ve treated your pool, leave the cover open to allow any gases created by the treatment to escape.
Examine/clean the pool cover track: Routinely during pool season, inspect the cover tracks and remove any debris by spraying the tracks out with a garden hose. This is especially important if you have a saltwater pool. The salt residue can damage both unpainted and painted components if left on there too long.
Keep the housing clean: Remove dirt and debris from the pool cover housing regularly. Leaves and other debris can clog the drain which will result in the box filling with water and damaging your system.
Retract the cover once a week: In order to prevent the buildup of gases from chemicals in your pool water, fully open the cover at least once a week.
Inspect the fabric: Look closely at the cover fabric periodically. If there are signs of significant wear or damage, it may be time to replace the cover.
Ensure no one is in the pool when opening/closing the cover: It goes without saying but should be stated anyway; be sure the pool is empty before you close it and that no one enters the pool before the cover is fully retracted.
Professional Service: Have the cover and system inspected and serviced by a professional annually. We will adjust and inspect your cover and look for any wear items that may need replaced. Items such as pulleys and sliders will wear over time and, if not replaced, can cause your cover to run poorly or stop working.
If you have questions about automatic pool covers, the customer experience team at PennCovers is here to answer them. Contact us today and be sure to sign-up to receive future blog posts and exclusive offers.