10 Tips for Maintaining Your Pool Automatic Safety Cover
Investing in an automatic safety cover for your swimming pool is one of the best things you can do for your family, friends, and visitors as well as for your pocketbook. These covers prevent unsupervised access to the pool by young children while also minimizing water and heat loss which cost you money. In order to get the most return for your investment, you want to take good care of your cover so it lasts for many, many years.
The Wise Owner’s Guide to Cover Care
It’s easy to maximize the longevity and value of your pool automatic safety cover. Just add these simple steps to your overall pool maintenance program. They’ll quickly become a habit and will pay tremendous dividends in the long run:
- Remove water from the cover. Use a cover pump to quickly remove standing water from the top of your cover whenever it accumulates. Pumps are lightweight, intuitive to use, and can quickly remove puddles. Be sure to take the pump off the cover if freezing temperatures are expected.
- Remove dirt and debris from the cover. Automatic safety covers are strong and durable, but nevertheless you don’t want to allow leaves, twigs, and other debris to remain on the cover for long. Gently remove it with a soft pool brush or broom.
- 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. Be sure that no unaccompanied young children are allowed in the pool area while the cover is open.
- Examine/clean the pool cover tracks regularly. Every couple of weeks 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, but this can easily be prevented with a quick wash every so often.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 jumps in before the cover is fully retracted when opening it.
- Professional Service. Have the cover and system inspected and serviced by a professional once per year. They 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.
A Little Attention Goes a Long Way
With just a few minutes of maintenance here and there, your pool automatic safety cover will provide years of faithful service. If you have questions about safety covers, we’re happy to answer them. Just contact the Latham dealer in your area. And be sure to sign up to receive future blog posts with useful insights.