Tips for Repairing Your Swimming Pool Safety Cover Before the Summer Arrives
With spring officially here, now is the best time to inspect your swimming pool safety cover for damage and make any necessary repairs. Not only is the snow and ice finally melting, but the pool opening season is upon us. Before the warm summer weather arrives, make sure your swimming pool safety cover is in top condition. This will keep your pool safe, clean, and protected throughout the summer and the rest of the year.
The Benefits of Swimming Pool Safety Covers
There are significant benefits to using a swimming pool safety cover on your pool whenever it is not in use. As pool owners, it is in your best interest to keep your pool as safe and clean as possible at all times. Safety covers prevent children and animals from falling into pools and potentially drowning.
These covers also prevent dirt, debris, and the elements from entering your pool. Extended exposure from sunlight can encourage algae growth in your pool as well. By keeping your pool protected from these elements while it’s not in use, you won’t have to clean your pool as often. This saves you time and makes it possible to jump in the pool on those hot summer days without having to clean it first.
If there are any tears or rips in your swimming pool safety cover, you can use a patch kit to repair the cover yourself. If you need any advice, or you think the tear is too big to tackle on your own, contact swimming pool professionals for help. The following are step-by-step instructions to repair your swimming pool safety cover with a patch kit:
- 1. Use isopropyl alcohol to clean the area of the safety cover (on both sides of the cover) where you will be applying the patch, and thoroughly dry.
- 2. If there are any uneven materials on the cover or loose threads, make sure to trim them before applying the patch.
- 3. Place the cover down on a clean, flat, and sturdy surface.
- 4. Trim two round-cornered patches (for each side of the cover) at least one inch larger than the hole you are repairing.
- 5. Peel off the strip from the back of a patch to expose the adhesive side and place it on the hole; apply pressure and smooth out the patch. Repeat this step for the other side of the cover.
Make sure to choose a warm, dry spring day to repair your safety cover. If it is too cold outside, the adhesive patches may not stick properly on the cover. The ideal temperature to repair your safety cover is 21˚C, but if it’s below this temperature, you can use a hair dryer to make sure the patch adheres properly. However, it is not recommended to patch safety covers when the temperature is below 10˚C.
Once repaired, your swimming pool safety cover will keep your pool safe, clean, and ready for use this summer.