Whether you have a vinyl/steel pool or a fiberglass pool you might want to consider getting a safety cover. Accidental drowning of people, pets, and non-domesticated animals is a major concern for pool owners. Purchasing a swimming pool safety cover is one way to keep from worrying about accidental drowning during the months that your pool is not being used. These safety covers are made from a very strong vinyl and is pulled nearly as taut as trampoline; which will keep people and animals safe if they happen to fall on or cross over the pool area.
Safety covers will not only help keep your family safe during the months that you are unable to swim, but will also help to protect your investment through the winter months. A safety cover is very thick and dark, which keeps the sunlight from getting to the water and prevents excessive algae growth. The safety cover also acts as any other pool cover in keeping leaves and other debris out of your pool. This allows the water to stay at a more manageable pH level for when you reopen your pool the next summer.
Fall & Winter Swimming Pool Safety Cover Maintenance
Your swimming pool safety cover will make your winter pool maintenance much easier. However, you will occasionally need to attend to the task of keeping leaves off of your pool cover. With most safety covers, the tautness of the cover will allow leaves to blow right off the cover, but if any leaves do catch, you don’t want to let them collect all winter on your cover. The leaves will begin to decay. Fortunately, leaf removal is not a difficult or time consuming task. The easiest way to take care of the leaves is to get to them while they are still dry. If they are dry, you will be able to simply use a leaf blower to blow the leaves off of the cover. You will want to make sure that you dispose of the leaves and not simply blow them off, or as you know they will be right back on your cover in no time.
Unfortunately, fall and winter weather is usually pretty wet and many times it will be impossible to get to the leaves before they are wet. Once the leaves are wet you will want to remove them promptly. The best thing to do is use a leaf rake that is specifically designed for use with a swimming pool safety cover. This is an attachment that can go on the end of your pool pole, making it easy for you to reach all the way across your pool cover. Again you will want to be sure to haul away the leaves and not leave them around the pool after you have removed them from your cover.
Taking the extra time to properly maintain your safety cover will ensure that it lasts for many years and will make opening the pool next year a breeze.