6 Tips For Protecting Your Pool Cover

by Pool Builders on 05-20-2010 in Articles

Pool covers are made to protect your pool and also function as a safety device. Unguarded pools should always have a cover as a safety precaution to prevent accidents by your children and pets. This is the main reason by you would invest in a quality pool cover. Safety should always come first.

A quality cover will save you money by reducing your cost on maintenance and generally will pay for itself. You will realize savings on water, heating cost, chemical treatments, cleaning and general maintenance. Your pool equipment will actually last longer because it is working less.

If you already have a pool cover, chances are you paid a pretty penny for it and you will want to keep it for as long as you can. Proper care during the winter and especially during the summer months will prolong its life. Here are a few tips.

• Ensure the cover is correctly and securely attached when is use. An average size person should be able to stand and walk on it

• Keep the cover as clean as possible when is use. Hose off if needed to remove dirt and grime

• Do not dry store a dirty cover, dirt and grime will eventually weaken the folds and attachments

• Prevent water from accumulating for long periods of time on the top of your pool cover

• Invest in a pool cover water pump (a small investment with a big payout). Letting water accumulate on the surface for long periods of time can lead to algae, mold and eventual destruction of the pool cover

• Follow the manufactures directions on caring for and conditioning the materials that your cover is made of. This will also keep you within the warranty limits. This is an area most of us overlook

If you are buying a pool cover for the first time, you will be surprised to learn that there is a large selection and variety available. Before spending your money consult with a local professional in your area. They should be able to give sound advice on which cover is best for your pool. Ask about the life expectancy of a pool cover and warranty. The range for life expectancy can be anywhere from two years to twenty years. However, with proper care and maintenance they could last longer. Another item to seriously consider is a quality pool cover water pump. They will make you life easier by keeping water from pooling up on your cover.

A swimming pool can be a lot of fun for the entire family and your friends. Please remember to exercise safety at all times. Avoid the avoidable and have fun!

Happy Swimming!

Tony Corniel, Publisher

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