4 Tips on Preparing your Automatic Pool Cover for Winter
Do you know if your automatic pool cover is prepared for colder weather? Properly preparing your automatic pool cover for winter can help extend the overall lifespan of your system and swimming pool. Follow these simple precautions before and during winter will help keep an automatic pool cover running it’s best for many more seasons to come.
Pool Chemistry Balance
Before closing up for winter, make sure that the pool water is chemically balanced. You should also double check the water a day or two after the chemicals have been added to make sure they have had a chance to mix completely.
Turn Running Equipment Down (not Off!)
Turn down the chemical pumps and ozone generators to their lowest running level. This will help prevent long-term exposure and build up on the cover, which can be harmful to the fabric over time.
Monthly Water Level Inspections
Make at least a monthly inspection of the pools water level during the winter. If the water level in the pool is not properly maintained, serious damage to the cover can occur. Properly maintaining a pools water level prevents damage from excess weight on the surface of the cover.
Keep the Cover Pump On
Keep your cover pump running, and check on it often to make sure it is operating properly. Remember, even a few inches of snow or water on top of the cover is an enormous weight that can pull the cover and guides into the pool.
Plan Early for Next Spring’s Service
It pays to plan ahead! If you are in need of service, our Extended Service Plan is typically listed at a special discounted price from January 1st – March 31st. Purchasing a service plan early will help ensure you get access to the most available schedule slots. Keep in mind, our spring maintenance schedule does tend to fill up quick!
For even more helpful tips on closing your pool for winter, check out these resources:
Case Study: Winterizing vs. Auto-Cover by AquaMagazine
How to Close an Inground Pool by SwimUniversity
For more information about Coversafe and Coverstar Automatic Pool Covers, please visit Coversafe.com, or call us at 866-746-8444.