With summer already in the corner, people are finding ways to spend a staycation with their private swimming pools in their backyard. The time has almost come to put away the pool cover. But before rushing off to the pool, you’ve got to think about ways on how to remove pool safety cover, so that it will last long enough even until the next season when it’s time to use it again.
The Tips on How to Remove Pool Safety Covers
Clean Before Removing the Cover
Before summer comes, dirt and debris accumulated on the swimming pool cover. Of course, you do not want the debris to slip into the pool, so the best thing to do is hose, broom, or blow off all the dirt thoroughly before sliding up the cover to make sure that no tree branch or twigs are removed which may cause tear or damage.
A standard garden hose with a power nozzle is all it takes to clean off the pool cover—hose off the dirt. You may start removing the cover when there is no debris left in the cover. If you are using a thick cover instead of a mesh one, you can suction off any stocked water on top of the cover before you remove it. You can use a cover pump to make that task easier.
Remove the Springs and Lower Down the Anchors
Before you can remove the swimming pool safety cover, first, you must remove the cover springs and screw-down anchors. The proper tool for removing the springs from the anchors is the installation rod that usually came with your cover when you bought it.
Once all of the springs are removed, take the hex key to lower the brass anchors down into the deck. Lower down the anchors into the deck to avoid the cover to catch up while you are removing the cover. This process should not be skipped. It is important to carefully execute this process if you want to prevent damage and make the pool cover last.
Remove the Pool Safety Cover Properly
The crucial step on how to remove pool safety cover lies in your hand by proper folding. Imagine folding a sheet of paper to make a paper fan. It is done the same way but in the form of a pool cover. Hold the end of the cover and fold it in a small parallel section until you reach the end of the cover.
You can call this the ‘accordion-fold’ or ‘fan-fold.’ Following this style of folding will make it easier to re-install when it’s time to put it back to cover the swimming pool. Do not drag the cover, but carefully lift it from the end of the pool and set it on a clean surface. It would be easier to have somebody to help you remove the cover.
Clean the Cover Thoroughly
Cleaning the cover thoroughly should not be skipped. Do not make the same mistake that most swimming pool owners do. Some just store the cover without cleaning it. You can use a mixture of mild detergent and water to clean the cover. A spray-on cover cleaner is also effective and safe to use.
Spread out the cover on a clean surface. You can choose a corner area in your lawn. Depending on the dirt accumulated on the cover, you can also use a brush to scrub off the grime and remove all the slimy residues that stick in the cover.
Rinse off the detergent or soap cleaner from cover using a hose and let it dry. Remember not to let your cover sit on your grass for a long period as it can harm your lawn.
Store the Pool Cover Properly
Lastly, on how to remove pool safety covers, make sure that the cover is completely dry before you store it. It will keep the mold and mildew to grow while in storage and make your cover have a longer lifespan. Once dry, you can start folding the cover in half then into smaller sections until it is enough to fit in the storage bag. This can be not easy to do on your own, so somebody to assist you would make the process fast and easier.
When storing the pool cover, hanging the bag high enough is recommended, so that rodents will not live or nibble on it. If necessary, you may put another protection by putting it in a plastic container or bin. This will ensure that the cover will still be in good shape and can still be used for the next pool season. Find out more about Pool Safety Devices.