Care & Maintenance of Your Coverlon Safety Cover
Following these simple care procedures will ensure the longest life and safest use of your low maintenance COVERLON cover.
WHILE IN USE
Although your COVERLON cover will support the weight of several adults, we do not recommend walking on it. Your cover is intended for safety and should only be walked on in an emergency
At the first installation, the springs should be compressed about 90%. The tension will decrease slightly with time, without adjustment. The springs should always be compressed at least 50% and the cover should resemble a trampoline with little or no sagging. Should the cover start to sag or the springs expand to be less than 50% compressed, tighten the straps.
Please Note: In no instance should there be an opening large enough to permit a 4 ½” test object into the pool. Should an installation like this occur, the cover will not be classified as a safety cover, according to American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standards.
SOLID COVER ADJUSTMENT
A “Funnel effect” created by tension must be maintained to allow water to drain towards the drain panel(s). A maximum spring compression (90%) should be maintained through out the majority of the cover, with the exception of the drain panel springs; these should be maintained at minimum spring tension (50%).
Please follow these easy-to-do guidelines:
- After installation, flood the cover with water using a garden hose. If the cover has been tensioned properly, all the water will flow towards the drain panels(s) or pump panels. The water will slowly drain; if a pump is in use, run the pump to remove the water. After draining, the cover should return to its original taut condition.
- If the water does not drain properly, cover re-adjustment is required. Additional tension in the panels’ straps and springs where water remains collected is necessary (see your installation guide for adjustment procedures and diagrams listed under SPRING INSTALLATION section for additional information).
- Retest and re-adjust, if necessary. If water still “puddles” in areas on the cover, strap tension can be slightly reduced on only the straps securing the drain panel(s) and/or pump. This is done to create a “funnel-effect” where surface water will gravitate to the drain panel(s) or pump for proper drainage. Then retest! Follow steps 1-3 until the water drains correctly.
- With each pool closing re-adjustments may be required as necessary. Initially, annually or whenever a “puddle” is not draining. Water accumulation on the top of the cover will shorten the service life.
Failure to follow these simple installation guidelines can result in serious injury and/or damage to your pool! To meet warranty conditions, solid covers must be tested upon installation for proper drainage.
Water should NOT be drained from your pool before installing your cover. The water helps to support any additional weight on the cover, including large snow loads.
If the water level is more than 18” below the top of the pool, a snow load could put excess strain on your cover and will void your warranty.
In case of a heavy snow fall, try to sweep the snow off the cover (DO NOT STAND ON THE COVER TO DO THIS) use a brush with an extendable handle. This will prevent the snow from freezing into ice. Having a large ice load on a cover may cause straps to prematurely wear down and deform springs.
REMOVAL AND STORAGE
- Hose off any debris from the cover before removing it. Use a soft brush to remove any excess debris and allow the cover to dry completely before folding and storing.
- Accordion fold the cover (fold both ends in toward the center) and put it in the storage bag. Hang the bag off the ground to keep animals (i.e. rodents) out/away from it.
- CARRY the cover to and from the pool area. Do not drag your cover. Dragging can result in tears in the material, worn areas and other damage.
ANCHORS. Before installing or after removing the cover, remove the deck anchors and vacuum out all of the casings to remove any debris. When the cover is not in use, close the anchors so that they are flush with the deck and out of the way.
SPRINGS. Our springs are designed for easy installation. Excessive weight (from heavy snow/ice) that is on the cover for an extended period of time will cause the springs to lose their shape. Since the springs are not covered under the warranty please try to safely remove all excess weight as soon as possible.
Your COVERLON cover will keep out debris, but to keep the water clear you must maintain the proper levels of chlorine and algaecide, even when the pool is not in use.
- When closing your pool, use a winterizing chemical kit, which should include algaecide and floating canisters (of Chlorine or Bromine) appropriate for your pool’s water capacity.
- A month or so before opening your pool, or when your average daily temperature reaches 60º F, add additional algaecide.
- Automatic cleaners may be used underneath your COVERLON cover.
AVOID DROWNING RISKS
- It is very important to keep the cover drum tight.
- Extremes of weather will void the warranty.
- Stay off the cover – do not walk on the cover.
- Keep children away. Children or objects cannot be seen under the cover.
- Do not enter the pool with the cover on or partially removed – entrapment is possible.
- Improperly or partially secured covers are unsafe and a hazard.
- Failure to follow all instructions may result in injury or drowning.
- Do not place anything on the cover.
- Inspect the cover periodically for wear or deterioration. Worn areas are a hazard.
It is your responsibility to make sure that the cover meets all safety requirements.
SAFETY IS EVERYONE’S CONCERN