How to Keep a Pool Cover from Sagging

backyard pool with retracting automatic pool cover

backyard pool with retracting automatic pool cover

If your pool cover dips far into the water, and especially if rainwater collects on top of it, then you’ve got a real problem. Pool covers that sag like this are simply not safe. Your cover should be able to hold the weight of an adult walking across. If it can’t do that, then it’s downright dangerous for a pet or a child. Learn how to keep a pool cover from sagging from the experts at All-Safe.

Choose the Right Cover

If you need to close your pool for the winter months, you probably aren’t using a net as a pool cover. While pool nets are easy-to-use safety devices, they don’t keep snow, leaves, or debris out of the water.

In winter, you need a reliable pool safety cover that avoids sagging. Automatic pool covers are a convenient way to close your pool for the colder months while minimizing evaporation and saving on maintenance costs. Mesh pool covers, with their taut installation and porous surface, let rainwater pass through and will hold up under snowfall.

How to Keep an Automatic Pool Cover from Sagging

There are a few ways to prevent sagging with an automatic pool cover. The first is to winterize your pool correctly. Make sure the water level is no lower than 18 inches below the pool deck, or halfway up your skimmer opening, as the surface of the pool will help hold up the cover. Check the level throughout the winter.

In addition to using your winter plugs for the jets and drains to help the water level stay constant, regularly use a pool cover pump to remove water and melted snow from on top of your automatic pool cover. Don’t attempt to scrape the snow or water off, as this can damage your cover.

How to Keep a Mesh Pool Cover from Sagging

close up of mesh pool cover straps and anchors

Mesh pool safety covers can also experience sagging, if water and objects are left sitting on the cover. Maintain proper water levels year round.

To help prevent sagging, check the tightness of the springs when you put it on. If you see your pool cover sagging, tightening the springs can help bring it back into balance. If snow or water accumulates, use a leaf blower to remove it, sprinkle pool salt across the cover to assist with melting snow, and again, utilize a pool cover pump.

How to Keep a Leaf Pool Cover from Sagging

We’d like to note that a leaf pool cover is not the best choice if you’re trying to prevent sagging. These covers are not safety devices, meaning weight put on them will sink into the water. Even with a pool net underneath to help add to the safety, leaf covers are not ideal for avoiding sagging.

If you have a leaf pool cover, there are some tools like pool pillows and DIY solutions like floating plastic rain barrels you can place underneath the cover that can help, but the best practice for pool safety covers to avoid sagging is to use an automatic or mesh cover.

Get Your Free Consultation from All-Safe

If you need to figure out the best cover for your needs or how to keep your existing pool cover from sagging, contact us today. Our local, professional dealers are happy to help you find the most effective safety solution for your family.

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