Replacing the fabric is a common service for an auto cover
Expert Pool Work, Inc. is industry-trained, experienced and equipped to repair automatic pool covers in Omaha and the surrounding areas; this includes replacing the fabric.
Here are some recommendation for maintaining your automatic pool cover, many of which will directly prolong the life of the fabric:
- Don't walk on your automatic pool cover. Obviously if a baby/toddler/child wanders out onto the cover, then go get them quickly and carefully but safely. If a ball, toy, or any other object is on the cover, use your telepole and NYLON-bristled brush, net, or life hook to pull it off the cover; be careful that any object or your tool to remove that object does not puncture or rip the fabric.
- Make sure to maintain the water at the required water level. A pool with a leak is a bad thing; a pool that is covered by an automatic pool cover that leaks is a really really bad thing (especially when rain water - the weight of that water - collects on top of the cover). Make sure to always maintain the water at the required level. If your pool leaks, get the leak located and eliminated today - actually yesterday - and then it will be very easy to maintain the water at the required level.
- Have a cover pump (or a submersible pump) to drain water from on top of the cover. The added weight will cause stress - and perhaps holes - to the fabric (which is the actual cover). When it rains, pump the cover dry.
- Do not attempt to open an automatic pool cover that has water on top of it. It's worth repeating...do not attempt to open an automatic pool cover that has water on top of it. don't do it! As just stated, have a cover pump (or a submersible pump) to drain water from on top of the cover and make sure it is free of all water - and debris - prior to opening it. Just to make sure the point is clear, NEVER open an automatic pool cover that has water - and debris - collected on the actual cover.
- Remove debris (leaves, branches, etc) from the cover; if the cover is full of debris, use your telepole and NYLON-bristled brush to pull the debris to you, then collect and dispose of that debris...be careful that your telepole and brush do not puncture or rip the fabric.
- If the fabric (the actual cover) is dirty, you can clean it. You will need two garden hoses; one to rinse and clean the fabric and one connected to the submersible pump for drainage:
- Set the submersible pump in the center of the fabric and route its drainage (garden) hose to an area that can handle the water (do not plug in the submersible pump yet).
- Turn on another garden hose to rinse and clean the fabric.
- Using your telepole and NYLON-bristled brush, scrub the fabric.
- Hose-off the fabric.
- Plug in (to turn on) the on the submersible pump so all of the water is removed; keep hosing off the cover and pushing the water towards the submersible pump until it is clean and dry.
- Check the tracks; if they are full of debris, clean them.
- Remove debris from the auto cover box (which hides the auto cover when it is not covering the pool).
If you have an automatic pool cover, it must be used (opened and closed) and maintained as the manufacturer of your auto cover suggests.
Even a well-maintained auto cover, though, will need repairs.
A common repair will be to replace the auto cover fabric (which is the actual cover). When the fabric is replaced - which will be about every 5-7 years on average - the ropes should also be replaced.
If there is a hole in the fabric, that hole needs to be patched; if it cannot be patched, then the fabric needs to be replaced, regardless of when it was last replaced.
Over time - about every 5-7 years on average - the the fabric will shrink and sag, requiring its replacement.
Other repairs, such as repairs to the tracks, motor, mechanism, etc. may also be required, but fabric replacement will be the main repair need for any auto cover.
If you neglect basic maintenance, care and consideration, then your fabric will not last 5-7 pool seasons; it will need to be replaced sooner.
When the fabric does fail, we can replace it...and you will have your choice of many attractive colors.
You can contact Expert Pool Work, Inc. at 402-341-8132 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your auto cover needs.