Instead of installing a pool fence along the perimeter of the pool, many homeowners decide to cover the area of the pool with pool covers. These covers are a good way to protect pool water from trash and litter.
However, pool covers often come with a legion of problems of their own. During the fall and winter seasons, pool covers are prone to maximum damage. Many homeowners don't pay attention to the damage caused to the pool covers as they are more interested in keeping their pools safe.
It is noteworthy that the safety of the pool is directly dependent on the safety of pool covers. If your covers are tampered with, they cannot keep your pool water free from debris or other impurities. You might wonder what are the common problems that can be caused to your pool cover. Let's take a look.
1. Snow-Covered Covers
The harsh winter often leaves its memories in the form of mountains of snow. But if this mound of snow is on your pool cover, you should be alarmed as this may cause the cover to either sag or rip. However, don't try to get rid of snow using shovels. Instead, wait for the snow to melt and then use a water pump to pump it off. Whenever you see excessive water on your pool cover, make sure to get rid of it as excess water can attract worms which will in turn attract birds who can peck through your cover.
2. Ripped Cover
Tree branches, debris, or even sharp nails of animals can rip the delicate fabric of pool cover. Patches on pool covers are quite common and you cannot possibly replace your cover with a new one because one small patch. However, do buy a patch kit to cover small patches. In case of large patches, consider replacing the cover at the earliest.
3. The Cover is Saturated with Leaves
The fall is the season where leaves fall from the trees, giving way to the new ones. However, when these leaves begin to accumulate on your pool cover, they can easily destroy its surface. Keep a pool leaf rake with you to clean the pool covers regularly.
4. Cover Slips Into the Pool
Sometimes, pool covers cannot hold the weight of the accumulated snow or leaves/debris and begin sinking into the pool. This causes the dirty water - standing on the pool cover - to seep into the pool. In this way, your pool water will probably get algae for which you have to carry out proper cleaning of the pool before bringing it to a usable condition. In addition, loose pool covers can also create a dangerous situation for your pets and children as they can trip into the pool. Use either water tubes to secure the covers or tighten the straps that hold the cover's taut.
If you want to keep your pool safe without installing iron gates around it, pool covers are a good option to go with. Pool covers look easy to maintain, but if you are not punctual with their regular maintenance, they may cause a lot of problems.