If you have a safety cover, you’ve already taken one great step toward keeping your pool safe. And better yet, a good pool cover can even help you save money. But, like anything that lives outside, even the best covers can see some wear and tear from the elements over time. By looking for these warning signs, however, can make sure your safety cover stays exactly that—safe.
Checking the Straps
Of course, the first thing you should check on your safety cover is the straps because they hold it in place, but what are you looking for? The main causes for concern here are if stitching is coming loose or your straps are coming off altogether. Also, you’ll sometimes see sewn straps start to shred and come apart, which need fixing to stay secure. It’s important that all your straps are in good condition to prevent any future accidents.
Checking the Cover Material
The next step is looking over the tarp part of your safety cover for any problem areas. Any spot that has visual wear could become a weak point if pressure is applied, so you’ll want to inspect it closely. In particular, keep an eye out for patches that look like they might have dry rot, making your cover brittle and weak. If the material on your cover is too far gone, it may be time to replace it.
Look for Any Holes
One important piece of upkeep for your cover is to stay on top of any holes that may appear. Whether they come from normal wear or you discover them after a season of storage, you should repair them while they are small to avoid any problematic growth. As with any aspect of pool ownership, routine maintenance is key.
Keeping your cover clean and dry can help you get the most life of it, but if it’s too far gone, don’t hesitate to purchase a new one. Safety is the most important part of a safety cover, so make sure that’s your top priority. Even though your pool may be closed for a few months, being diligent with routine checks pays off in the long run. And of course, if you or someone you know want to start a new backyard project, don’t hesitate to contact us today for a free estimate!