Pool Cover Inspection: Signs that You Need Replacement

pool coverA swimming pool cover is every household’s safety net. It keeps the family, guests, and pets safe from drowning due to slipping and falling. If you’ve had it for a long time, then it’s time to start inspecting it for wear and tear, and to make sure that it still provides the necessary protection.

Read the following signs to know if it’s the right time to replace the pool cover at home:


Pool chemicals, such as chlorine, shock, and algae control, can damage the pool cover. Even a small splash can affect its quality over time because of the water that stays on its interior surface. Changes in temperature can also be a threat. Look for cracks, peeling, and weak spots as these are the common signs of wear and tear. Replacement is necessary because a patch or do-it-yourself repair can’t bring it back to its original condition.

Surface Material

Check the surface of your pool cover. Its fabric should be smooth and elastic, not stiff and brittle. It’s still possible to use it under this condition, though, but expect a short lifespan. Stiff pool cover fabric is more prone to damage, and you might not have the time to prepare for a replacement when it suddenly gives up. In addition, you have to check the corners of your pool cover. The sewn webbing stitches should be intact without gaps or loose thread.

Weather Condition

The swimming pool is highly prone to damage during winter, so your pool covers have to work harder to protect it. Perform the necessary inspection and make sure that the pool cover fabric can last for the whole season. If not, then you should replace your old pool cover before it’s too late.

Pool covers are lifesavers, so it’s ideal to have the best one installed. Don’t wait for it to break down completely, as you won’t know when an accident will take place.

About the Author

As a New York-based psychologist. Thelma Scott has conducted several seminars tackling adult autism.