How to Install a Pool Cover for Maximum Safety and Durability

Pool covers should be installed with a clearance of approximately two inches around the perimeter so that they hang evenly without sagging at any point. Installing the cover too tight will also cause uneven pressure distribution that could lead to sagging over time. To ensure the cover is installed correctly, you'll need a few PVC pipe parts and fittings available at any hardware store to build a frame with two crossbars (one about 12 inches above ground level and one at eye level). Covers for above and below ground pools must be 3 feet wide so that you can properly anchor the cover.

Most pool covers have an overlap of between 9 and 18 inches. The springs and straps to secure the pool cover will take up another 17 inches of space from the edge of the cover. Therefore, 3 feet of roofing material will give you enough surface area to secure the cover. Tarpaulins used to be thick and durable in the 70s and 80s, but modern pool tarps are typically made of a very thin material suitable for use for a few years at best.

It is important to never fight against the weight of the water, and it is also important to keep the vinyl lock on wet covers when they are not in use in the pool. This should help reduce wear and tear on your auto cover and extend its life. To further protect your pool cover, you can install a second track that is empty during the swimming season, and during the winter season the pool cover hangs on this defensive track. Winter pool covers are essential for ensuring your family's safety by preventing accidental submersion of children and domestic pets.

As shown here, the springs of the pool safety cover should never be compressed more than half. The material of the cover, as well as the straps, will begin to stretch as soon as the cover is installed for the first time. The pool water level should not be allowed to drop more than 18 inches below deck during the snow season. Depending on where you live and how harsh your winter conditions are, you may want to consider having a dedicated winter cover.

Even more commonly, pool tarpaulins are used incorrectly, which causes the thin material of the tarpaulin to try to absorb the forces of the weight of the water in the cover. Water Level: The pool water level should be kept at or just below the skimmer when the cover is in use. When the water reaches a foot or more deep at the top of the deck, it could have more than 30,000 pounds of water or more at the top, and no roof system can handle this. For example, ice crystals from snowfall can cause buckling problems on pool covers.

Usually this pump will be on top of the cover and every time water is detected, it will activate and pump out any excess water from inside it. If you walk on the deck to reach the panels, make sure not to wear shoes with spikes or heels, as this could puncture your pool cover.