Peak season has arrived, and with it comes many responsibilities for pool maintenance technicians. You have to monitor and balance water chemical levels, ensure that various pieces of equipment are functioning properly and much more.
Therefore, winter items such as pool covers may not be at the top of your priority list. However, it’s essential to take care of these items during the season to ensure a smooth transition into the winter months.
Recognize the importance of timeliness
If you or other staff members noticed any wear and tear on the pool cover when you removed it at the beginning of peak season, it’s best to assess and resolve the problem now. It’s likely that other pools in the area will be tending to these items later in the season, so if you plan on outsourcing pool cover repair, there may be a long wait.
Taking care of any tears now will ensure that you won’t have to rush when the time comes to winterize the pool.
1. Self–repair kits: If the tear is minimal, it may be possible to fix it yourself. There are repair kits that can be used, but they may not resolve the problem entirely. Therefore, if you’re considering using one, you may want to consult with a pool cover specialist to figure out whether a repair kit would only be a temporary solution.
2. Work with a pool company: Pool covers come in many materials and forms, and the type that your facility uses may be one that you’re not familiar with. In these cases, rather than risk further damage or improper self-repair, you should reach out to a pool company to figure out the best step to take. The company may recommend a repair kit or might have to fix it in-house.
3. Invest in a new cover: In cases where the winter was particularly harsh, the cover may have sustained irreparable damage. Because of this, you’ll have to invest in an entirely new cover. If you suspect that your cover might be compromised, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and consult with a pool company. After all, a malfunctioning pool cover will lead to water chemistry problems, which will impact reopening the pool next year.