About Pool Cover SafetyIt’s very important that your pool cover be in good condition because most of these are not just to repel debris, but also, serve a safety purpose. These fixtures are helpful in preventing accidents of all kinds, from minor to major.
Any small rip or tear in a pool cover under 6″ in length is a pretty easy repair. But, if you’ve got a rip along one whole side of the cover, or if the tear is long and curved, then repairing the pool cover may be impossible, or with little chance of success. —Pool Center.comEach year across the country, approximately 300 children under age five drown and another 2,600 require emergency room treatment from various submerging-related injuries. This means if your pool cover isn’t secure, a child could easily fall in, be wrapped-up and drown.
Stuart Pool Cover Replacement GuideBefore you rip out your existing pool cover, you need to determine if it can simply be patched, or, if it must be replaced. In some instances, depending on the manufacturer and the warranty, you might be able to have it repaired for little to no cost. However, just a small spot of damage can usually be repaired with a patch by doing the following:
- Clean the damaged area thoroughly.
- Cut the patches into circles or oval shapes.
- Patch one side, then the other to ensure durability.
- Carefully place a heavy object on the patched area and leave for between 6 to 12 hours before refolding the cover.
- When refolding, avoid creasing, or crimping of the patch because this can weaken it.