It may be the height of the swim season, but this is the perfect time to think about winter pool covers. Here are 5 helpful installation tips for mesh covers:
1. PROPER POSITIONING
Positioning is key to making sure the safety cover fits perfectly, has straight straps and no wrinkles. Before drilling any anchor holes, you should always lay the cover over the pool to position it correctly. Some installers use sandbags to hold the cover in place, while others use cinder blocks.
2. DON'T SKIMP ON EYEBOLTS
No professional wants to install more anchors than necessary, but there should be enough to ensure the cable pulls the cover flush and tight. If too few fasteners are used, the cover will bunch up and cause puckers and gaps where debris can enter. In worst-case scenarios, the safety of the cover may be compromised.
3. PROTECT THE COVER
Experienced installers know covers can be whipped by the wind throughout winter. Even minor, regular rubbing against decorative rockwork, bullnose coping or other pool features can cause a safety cover to tear or fail prematurely at the abrasion.
Installers will sometimes use long pieces of carpet (or similar padding) in these rough areas to protect the cover. Manufacturers offer clip-on padding — rubber pieces that clip directly to the cover and can be placed directly over the area of concern — to ensure the cover lasts for seasons.
4. WORKING WITH SHORT DECKS
This is one of the biggest challenges winter cover installers face. With backyards getting smaller, installers are confronted with narrow decks that are 12-to-15 feet wide or less. To compensate, D-rings can be installed on the cover straps on the deck's narrow side.
5. TIGHT BUT RIGHT
It is important that the cover's fastening springs are neither fully-compressed or under-compressed. If pulled too tight, the springs are not able to expand and contract with the elements, such as additional weight from snow loads and ice. If they are not tight enough, however, safety can be compromised as it may allow children or pets to get under the cover.
This was paraphrased from an article on AQUAmagazine.com. To view the whole story, click the #LinkinBio