Does Your Automatic Pool Safety Cover Need Replacing? Signs To Look For

Alright, let’s talk about your automatic pool safety cover, that hardworking buddy of yours that never takes a day off! Rain or shine, it’s always there, keeping your pool safe from curious critters, leaves, and other debris. And let’s not forget its superhero power of saving you money by cutting down heat loss, chemical loss, and water evaporation. Plus, it acts as the friendly neighbourhood lifeguard, making sure kids don’t wander into the pool unsupervised.


But, like any good friend, your pool cover also needs some TLC to keep doing its job. You see, just like us, it can start to show signs of ageing, too! Here’s a bit of friendly advice on how to check if your automatic pool safety cover is still in tip-top shape, and what to do if it’s starting to look a little worn around the edges.

At the beginning and end of each pool season, and ideally in the middle too, you should give your cover a good once-over. Here are some telltale signs that it might be time for a new one:

  1. It’s showing signs of wear or tear. Just like your favourite pair of jeans can start to look a bit shabby over time, so can your pool cover. Those pool chemicals, changing temperatures, and sunlight can be tough on it. If you notice peeling, cracking, or worn spots, your pool cover might not be providing top-notch protection anymore.
  2. The stitching on the webbing is fraying. The webbing is like the glue holding your cover together. If you see threads starting to break or disintegrate, there’s a higher chance of the cover failing.
  3. The cover material is changing. Next time you’re by the pool, give your cover a little feel. It should be nice and pliable. If it’s become stiff and brittle, it might need some patching up or even a complete replacement.
  4. The sewn webbing is bunching. If the webbing is starting to gather around the rope, it can make the fabric more likely to catch on the fabric guides and tear. Keep a sharp eye out for any bunching.

Now, seeing a few signs of wear doesn’t mean you have to rush out and buy a new cover straight away. If you’re not quite sure what to do, you can always reach out to a pool care professional for their opinion. They can help you decide whether a repair or replacement is the best course of action. And remember, replacing the cover sooner rather than later might give you some extra peace of mind!

If you’re feeling a bit unsure about any part of owning, maintaining, or upgrading your pool, don’t be shy to reach out to a local independent builder in your area. They’ve been in the pool business for a long time and have a wealth of experience to share.

Remember, your pool cover is like a good friend that always has your back. So, make sure you have its back too by taking good care of it!​ Jump to our article for a comprehensive guide on selecting the best pool cover.

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