Friday, July 20, 2012

Automatic Cover Maintenance and Care

Water Level
Keep the water level in the pool at the mid skimmer level.  If the pool is overfilled, the water can flow over the lowered bond beam into the housing and flood the mechanism. 

Pool Chemistry
We suggest, as all cover manufacturers do, that you only cover pool water that you would swim in.  If the water is temporarily out of balance due to chemical additive, covering the pool will shorten the life of the fabric.  Use a good test kit frequently to maintain proper chemical balance.  You must avoid a build up of chemicals in the pool water that can result in serious damage to pool walls and equipment.  Such a build up can also create an improper water balance which may cause deterioration of the vinyl cover as well as other cover system components.  A deterioration so caused is not covered by the warranty.  After adding any chemicals to your pool, allow the chemicals to circulate before closing the cover.  If you are unsure if it is safe to close the cover, test the water at the surface with your test kit.  Some pH adjusters may create harmful levels of alkalinity (high pH) if not allowed to mix with the water before the cover is closed.  The same is true with chlorine shocks.  Some chlorine shocks require as long as 12-24 hours to return to swimmable range.  Since safety is often the major reason people purchase a cover, we recommend the use of a non-chlorine shock.  With this type of shock, the cover may be closed in 30 minutes or less.  Please check with your pool service company for proper usage. The use of floating chlorine feeders is not recommended because they vent chlorine gas that can burn the cover fabric and often remain trapped in the same location. 

Cleaning the Cover
When you uncover the pool, the water in the pool is transferred from the pool to the top of the cover.  The sun then dries it, causing high concentrations of chlorine on top of the cover that may damage the fabric.  You can wash the cover with a mild hand dish washing liquid as necessary to remove this accumulation.  However, do not use laundry detergent or any other chemicals to clean the cover. 

Cover Guides
Retract the cover completely off the pool and clean the cover guide rope and slider channel.  Use a high pressure nozzle on a garden hose to spray directly into the slots of the aluminum deck guides to remove build-up dirt and debris.  Repeat as often as necessary to keep the guides clean.  Spray into the pulley housing at the end of the guides at close range to remove debris from within the housing.  In windy and dusty areas with blowing dirt, covers may become inoperable until the debris has been hosed from the guides.  In these areas, guides will have to be flushed clean more frequently.  A build-up of sand and/or dirt will grind the webbings causing them to fail prematurely.  The webbings used on our covers have been proven over many years and thousands of covers to last beyond the life of the fabric if the cover guides are kept clean.  Premature webbing failure due to abrasion from debris in the guides is easily preventable and is not covered under the warranty. 

Housing Drains
On recessed systems, frequently check the drain(s) to be certain they drain the housing completely and do not allow water to stay in the housing area.  If water is allowed to stand in the mechanism area over periods of time, the system may become damaged by the constant moisture.  Damage to either electrical or mechanical components resulting from standing water or extended submersion is not covered under the warranty.  Clean leaves and debris from the housing as necessary.  Run the cover over the pool, prop the housing lid open or remove it, and remove the debris in the housing.  Accumulated debris can hinder the proper operation of the cover or damage the cover material. 

Mechanism and Pulleys
Clean all rotating surfaces and pulleys by spraying with a hose nozzle every 3 months or more often in sandy or windy areas.  Use a hose nozzle to completely wash all surfaces of the mechanism to prevent fine dust or sand from accumulating on the moving surfaces of the mechanism. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Automatic Cover Safety Instructions

To maintain the safety of your Coverstar Automatic cover and pool area, please follow these instructions:

Pool Water Level
Maintain the water level at the middle elevation of the skimmer opening.  If the water drops below this level, the cover may operate under stress.  Never cover the pool without the proper water level under the cover.  The water supports all weight on the surface of the cover.  If the water level is low and water builds up on the cover, severe damage may be done to the coping and/or cover system.

Using the Pool Cover Pump
Water accumulation on the top of the cover can come from rain, snow, over spraying sprinklers, or leaks that may develop in the cover.  Even what appear to be small amounts of water spread over the whole surface of the cover can migrate and accumulate in depressions.  This is dangerous.  Any accumulation of water on the surface of the cover must be removed immediately using the cover pump.  The cover is not a safety cover unless the pump is in place. 

Key Switch Location
All controls for the cover system must be located where the pool is completely visible during the operation of the cover.  All plants and shrubs should be maintained for continuous visibility. 

Partially Covered Pools
It is extremely important to always cover or uncover the pool completely.  Never leave the pool partially covered.  A partially cover pool presents a serious danger as people or pets may drown under the cover. 

Aluminum Lid
The aluminum lid is mounted on top of the finished pool deck and is used to cover the housing.  It is not inteded for anyone to walk or step on this lid.  It can be slippery when wet and walking on it can loosen the support brackets uner it.  Instruct children not to step on the lid.