Seasonal Cover Care

Proper pool cover maintenance and care help to ensure the best performance from your Meyco cover. Below is information you can use to properly winterize your pool in the off season and how to safely store your pool cover when it’s not in use.

Also included is how to protect your pool cover during inclement weather in winter.  See below for before and after tips.

Before a winter storm

  • Check your springs – Meyco springs are the key to maintaining proper tension in your cover. Covers should be drum tight with springs compressed around 50-75%. Straps should also be pulled tight. You may need to do some adjustments to bring your cover to the correct level of tension.

  • Cover clean up – Your Meyco cover is designed to keep leaves and debris from falling into pools. Though not a necessity, you may want to consider using a leaf blower or driveway type broom to remove leaves and other debris from the cover surface. For mesh covers, that will help water and snow melt drain more efficiently.

After a winter storm

  • Re-check your springs – Freezing rain, wind and snow may cause straps to loosen. It’s always a good practice to check your cover – if possible – when winter weather passes by to be sure the cover remains drum tight.

  • Check your pump – If you have a PermaGuard solid cover, it’s a great time to check the cover pump and be sure it’s working properly to siphon off snow melt.

  • Reduce the load – Meyco covers are very sturdy, however in cases of extreme snow load keeping the water level within 18” of the top of the pool is very important to reduce the stress on the cover and protect it from damage.

  • Call the pro’s –If you see any damage or issues to your cover, contact your pool professional for their expert advice.

Winterizing: What to Do

Before you cover and close your pool for the winter be sure the pool water is properly chemically treated. The water chemical level should be checked in early spring or when there is any period of warm temperature. Proper adjustment of chemicals should be made if necessary. Below is a check off list of things you need to do when winterizing your pool:

  • MAINTAIN WATER CHEMISTRY: Proper pool water chemistry must be maintained at all times that the cover is in place. Excessive chlorine, salt or other products or improper pH can damage cover, pool surface and other components. Water chemistry should be checked regularly. Proper adjustment of chemicals should be made if necessary.

  • AVOID LOW WATER LEVELS: Never allow your pool’s water level to fall below 18” from the main deck level. A low water level may result in cover and/or spring damage during periods of heavy snow accumulation.

  • REGULARLY INSPECT COVER: Check your cover periodically to be sure the cover is secured drum-tight on the pool. Adjust the buckle positions to achieve the proper tension.

  • AVOID ROUGH SURFACES: Avoid cover contact with rough decking or coping surfaces or edges, which can cause tears or other damage. Your installer should identify sharp corners or rough areas around the pool area and add protective padding, if necessary. Vinyl padding or carpet remnants work very well for this.

  • DO NOT DRAG COVER: Do not drag the cover on decking or over the cover springs.

  • AVOID PEOPLE AND OBJECTS ON COVER: Do not walk on except in an emergency. Never jump on cover or place any objects on the cover.

  • KEEP COVER TIGHT: Keep your cover drum tight to help reduce the chance of excessive wear. Abrasion strips are sewn to the cover to protect against normal coping wear. To reduce the risk of abrasion, check the cover periodically to ensure it is kept drum tight.

  • KEEP COOKING EQUIPMENT AWAY FROM POOL: Sparks from barbeque grills, fire pits or a chiminea outdoor fireplace may damage the cover. All outdoor cooking appliances should be kept at least ___ feet away from the pool edge.

  • AVOID DAMAGE FROM SOLAR REFLECTION: Reflecting sunlight from windows can damage the cover (as well as other pool products). Pay attention to solar reflection from your home and address with appropriate windows or trees or shrubbery to shield cover from solar reflection.

  • COMPLETELY REMOVE COVER: Always completely remove the cover when using the pool. Never swim in the pool with the cover partially installed.

Storing Your Cover During the Summer

Extending the life of your Meyco Cover:

  • Your Meyco cover should be folded and stored in its storage bag when not in use.

  • Leaves and other debris should be removed before storage.

  • MeycoLite covers do not need to be scrubbed down or powdered before storage.

  • RuggedMesh covers should be hosed down from the bottom side to avoid clogged filters.

  • PermaGuard solid and RuggedMesh covers should be cleaned with a mild detergent and dried before storing.

  • Store your cover in an area free of rodents.

Folding Your Pool Cover

Properly folding your Meyco cover makes it easy to store in a box or in its stow bag between swim seasons. This quick video shows you the correct and easy way to fold your Meyco Pool Cover. You can also download instructions here.