We love the snow, but that doesn’t mean Oklahoma weather always wants to comply. Most often, we get a messy deal of ice on our hands. And when the temperatures get as low as they do, you hardly want to spend time outside.
On the other hand, that’s precisely what you need to be doing — finding and fixing problems with your winter pool cover as it happens. You’ll be able to monitor if it needs to be cleaned, patched or adjusted, so you can have a stress-free opening come spring. When so much as a cover slip occurs, it can be quite the shocker once the season rolls around. Don’t let debris just pile up, here’s how to avoid the five most common issues with pool covers.
I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.
Problem: The biggest culprit of a fallen cover? Not keeping a solid handle on your pool cover. No, we’re not saying you literally have to keep it tied down. What are we, your girlfriend? All kidding aside, the key is keeping your cover tightly wrapped over your pool. Considering the storms ahead, it’s best to be prepared for anything — especially that Oklahoma wind.
Solution: If you notice your cover beginning to slip into the pool or creeping towards the edge, grab hold of it firmly with both hands, bend your knees and tug! Leaning back, pull the cover over the deck and apply weights in that area. Do NOT, we repeat do to use bricks or cinder blocks. They can be pulled in with your cover, damage the pool, or tear the pool cover. All in all, it just won’t be a pretty sight.
Want a little Crystal Light with all that water?
Problem: If the issue is literally tons of water, you’d better act fast. When snow or ice accumulates, it will later melt and built up onto the cover. Think of a hammock, the more you pile in, the lower it will go, and may potentially not be able to stand the weight.
Solution: Be sure to remove excess water regularly with a pool cover pump, they’re submersible and cane stand up to those outlandish winter temperatures.
Stop slacking off.
Problem: If your cover is too loose, it allows for debris to accumulate (as well as algae to grow like wildfire). Many times, the cover is simply too large for the pool.
Solution: Fold the cover under itself and leave 3-4 feet of overlap around the pool. For limited space, use extra water bags. The key here is to keep the cover latched on tight. You also have the option to use wall clips, wall bags or cover seals. If you need help deciding which one will better help your pool, just give us a call.
Leave your debris at home.
Problem: Kind of obvious, right?
Solution - To take care of this, simply brush off the leaves with the leaf rake, reaching every spot on the cover. All you have to do is attach the leaf rake to the pool pole then scoop across the cover to collect leaves, sticks, and debris. If you’re dealing with a ton of leaves, emphasis on the ton, you may want to invest in a Leaf Catcher. All you have to do here is place it on the top of your pool cover. After the leaves have fallen, just remove it and you’re all good! You’ll still need to pump the cover during winter to remove rain and snow, but at least those pesky leaves are gone.
It’s tearing up my heart.
Problem: If you notice holes or tears in the cover, it could be from several different things. Branches and twigs could fall, debris can build-up adding weight to the cover… it all ends with tears in your pool cover (and our pool-loving hearts).
Solution: If the tear isn’t big enough to require a new cover, you’ll be thankful that these patch kits exist! Patches halt tears and holes from getting bigger and becoming a massive headache. Kits are available for both winter covers and safety covers, just give us a call to learn more! Whether it’s a temporary or permeant solution, they’ll hopefully allow you to keep your cover working throughout the winter!