Did you know that if you have an auto cover, it requires a lot of maintenance to prolong its life? Auto covers provide a lot of benefits to your backyard, but they need to be cared for properly.
To begin, there are things you should do daily, and other things that need to be done on a weekly basis.
On a daily basis - you should make sure your cover is closed daily for safety reasons. Check your pool before bed each night to ensure your cover is closed. Next, make sure you have a cover pump on the top of your cover. This removes excess water that comes from rain which could weigh down and damage your cover and its tracks. Every day when you are visually inspecting your cover, you should also make sure your pool water is up to normal operating level. If the water is too low in your pool, it can cause the cover to sink down and pull extra weight from the tracks.
Additionally, you should maintain the water chemistry of your pool water. For example, make sure your chlorine levels are not too high. High chlorine levels produce a chlorine gas that is harmful to your cover. Because of this, we recommend alternating between normal chlorine shock and chlorine-free shock. This will ensure your water is properly sanitized without adding too much chlorine.
Weekly automatic cover maintenance includes opening your cover fully once per week. Although we would recommend having it open daily, if you are not able to do this, weekly is the next best thing. To prolong the life of your cover, you should be cleaning it on a weekly basis. This includes wiping it down and removing any debris that may be collected on the top.
Lastly, there are a few things that need to be done to your auto cover on an annual basis: cleaning out the box, cleaning out the tracks, and tightening and lubing rope tracks, rope wheels, and sliders.
If you follow all of these steps, your backyard investment will last longer. As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your automatic pool cover - we are here to help!