Considerations when servicing your automatic pool cover

Considerations when servicing your automatic pool cover

When you manage a pool at your facility and winter rolls around, you’ll need to quickly and efficiently prepare the often expensive investment for months of cold and other adverse conditions. Pool management in the winter is just as important as in the summer when swimmers are frequenting the water, especially since poor maintenance can lead to the need for expensive remodeling jobs.

Automatic pool covers have become more popular in recent years, as Pool and Spa News reported that the market for such products has exploded throughout the past decade. These solutions make it easier to take care of the pool during the off-season and provide opportunities to quickly and efficiently cover the water if a storm is coming through during the summer.

However, you’ll need to know how to service your automatic pool cover to get the most out of the product. Here are some initial suggestions and considerations:

  • Alignment: The automatic cover must be properly aligned with the shape of the pool to work properly. If the initial installation wasn’t carried out properly, or some sort of event threw the cover off, you’ll need to loosen the rope wheels. Another potential solution is freeing the tension spring.
  • Water levels: Believe it or not, the level of water in the pool will also often dictate how well the cover works. If the water is too high, the cover will likely not be capable of sitting flush with the perimeter, and if it’s too low, there is often a risk of collapse.
  • General damage: When the equipment is working properly but the cover itself is damaged, consider using similar materials to patch holes and save money.

If you’re ever in doubt about how to best service your automatic pool cover, consider contacting a professional service provider to get the job done properly.