If you have a pool, you may cover the pool up with a pool safety cover when the pool is not in use. A pool safety cover is designed to help ensure that pets and children cannot fall into the pool. However, as your safety cover is exposed to the elements, such as snow, ice, sun and temperature extremes, it can begin to wear and deteriorate. This may cause it to lose its effectiveness. Many owners are unsure of what the signs are that their pool safety cover is wearing down. Here are a few of the signs that you should be on the lookout for that can key you in to the fact that your pool safety cover may need to be replaced.
There Are Large Rips or Tears in the Cover
The number one sign that a pool safety cover needs to be replaced is a cover that has large rips or tears in it. As a general rule of thumb, if a rip or tear is larger than the size of a quarter, it needs to be repaired. If the repair does not hold or the rip or tear is significantly larger than a quarter, it may be time to look into replacing the cover.
The Stitching is Fraying or Loosening
The second sign that your pool safety cover needs to be replaced is that the stitching around the cover is fraying or loosening. A pool safety cover cannot be restitched or reinforced. If the stitching is beginning to fray or loosen, the pool cover should be replaced before the stitching comes out completely. If this happens, the cover may give way if something falls on it, like a pet or child, causing them to fall into the water, rather than helping them to stay above the water.
The Cover is Brittle
The third and final sign that your pool safety cover should be replaced is that the cover is becoming brittle. Most pool safety covers are made from either plastic or some form of fabric mixed with plastic. As the cover is exposed to sunlight, the plastic can begin to get hard and brittle. This will cause it to crack fast if something were to fall on it. If your pool cover feels brittle and stiff to the touch, it is time to replace it.
A pool safety cover should be examined each time it is pulled over the pool. If you begin to notice any of these signs, the cover may be nearing the end of its lifespan. Replacing the pool safety cover quickly helps to ensure that your pool remains as safe as possible when the cover is in place and the pool is not in use.