Just like your swimming pool itself, the pool cover you choose and how you take care of it can impact your entire swimming pool experience. Pool covers can keep debris and dirt from entering your pool, making pool cleaning easier, less costly, less time consuming and less frequent. They can also help extend the life of your pool pump, filter, heater and more. Pool covers that are UV resistant can deter algae growth and save you money on chemicals. Some are better than others at it, but swimming pool covers can also absorb and retain heat which helps decrease pool water evaporation and save on energy and heating costs. Additionally, did you know that drowning is the second leading cause of death in children? Although some are better because they can support more weight, pool covers can also help keep people and animals safe by sealing off your pool.
So, what pool cover should you choose and how should you properly maintain it? There are several different types of pool covers:
- Solar pool covers are made of tough material with air bubbles that help regular pool water temperature. However, solar pool covers can be difficult to use without automatic rollers and they cannot fully support the weight of children or animals.
- Automatic pool covers are easy to install and operate with the press of a button, but you get what you pay for so these can be a little more expensive.
- Thermal pool covers are made of lightweight foam. They do require a professional install and can be a little more expensive than solar pool covers, but they will also help regulate the temperature of your pool.
- Then there are pool covers which are available in various sizes and shapes and are sturdier so that they can support the weight of a small child or pet. These come in your choice of mesh or vinyl. They are not a quick open and close option, but they help regulate pool temperatures and prevent algae and bacteria growth.
Once you’ve chosen and used the pool cover that is right for you, you should properly clean it before you store it. First pump off any water lying on top and get rid of all visible debris before removing your pool cover. Then gently wash both sides with a mild detergent and rinse thoroughly. Treating with diluted bleach is recommended on some materials; and lubricating roller mechanisms is also suggested.
If you have any questions, SE Pool Supply & Chemical – your reliable pool supply source in New Smyrna Beach – has got you covered!