22 Aug 2014

A Winter Soldier’s Care Guide To Winter Safety Covers

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There are several ways to protect one’s swimming pool, and one of those ways is to use a pool safety cover. Safety pool covers are used to prevent debris from falling into the pool, as well as protecting the lives of their owners by preventing drowning incidents, which may be caused by accidental falls. The covers can come in different forms, but the 2 common ones are mesh and solid covers.

Mesh covers keep out debris but allow water to seep through, and that helps to keep it dry. Solid covers on the other hand, are mostly used to withstand bulky snow loads during winter. Solid covers also help to keep out sunlight, and it helps to impede the growth of algae in your pool.

However, it is important that you take good care of your covers, especially during the winter seasons. Times like these require you to spend a little more effort to maintain your covers. By doing so, you may extend the lifespan of your covers and they might even last you a lifetime. Read on to find out more about 3 winter cover care tips:

Protecting cover from wind damage

If the winds are strong enough during winter, it will attempt to lift your cover up. However, your covers are already attached to certain holding points around the pool and the wind might eventually rip your cover apart, which causes the cover to sustain costly and “fatal” damage.

You can take some precautions by placing heavy loads and objects around the cover’s perimeter to secure it flat onto the ground. You may fill up empty containers with sand and place several of them over the cover. If necessary, you may also choose to spray water over the covers for that extra weight. Be warned though, spraying water is only a temporary measure as you do not want it to turn swampy.

Removing water and ice from the cover

The right way to do this is to wait for the ice to melt first. Only then, it would be easier to blow off the excess water from the cover. If you try to remove heavy slabs of ice from the cover when winter conditions are at its peak, you may risk dropping the ice onto cover – leaving a huge gash in the affected area.

Buildup of ice can be minimized when you lower the water level on top of the cover, to just an inch. This also helps to prevent it from getting blown up by strong winds too.

Shielding it against leaves, debris and tree branches

Some pool owners tend to find holes in their covers when they remove them. Some pools are situated below overhanging tree branches, and loose hanging tree limbs are the main culprits during winter. Without warning, they may snap from the branch and because of their sharp edges, they cut through the cover upon impact. To counter this problem, you can purchase a leaf net to place it over the pool cover. This helps to break the fall of the debris, minimizing any potential damage.

If you want something that’s the best of both worlds, get a winter safety cover that’s specifically made from a reputable pool service company – not just any other generic pool cover you find over the counter!

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