WARNING! - WeatherBeater™ solar pool covers are NOT safety covers & are not meant to bear ANY weight. Remove and store cover away from pool during any and all swimming activities.
Solar Pool Cover Installation & Handling
To avoid excessively high chlorine concentrations, the level and input of chlorine typically must be reduced between 30 to 60%
Chlorine in its natural state is a gas. When it is added to pool water as a solid, or liquid, it reverts back to its gas state and rises through the water and through evaporation, dissipates into the atmosphere if the pool has no cover. When a bubble cover is installed on a pool, this evaporation ceases and the chlorine is conserved and re-circulated through the water by the pool pump and filtration equipment. Due to prevention of evaporation, chlorine concentrations will be maintained in the pool at a higher rate than non-covered pools. When a cover is installed the water will test higher if the dosage is not reduced between 30 to 60%.
Be sure to turn down the controls on your automatic dispenser or salt-water chlorinator.
If you are physically adding, reduce the quantity to obtain the correct chlorine levels and water balance.
Installing a GeoBubble™ swimming pool solar cover
First, ensure the water level is correct.
Carefully un-pack the cover and lay it on the water with the smooth side facing upwards and bubble side facing down. Visually, use seams within the cover as a guide to ensure that it is aligned as true as possible to the shape of your pool.
Note that your cover will include approximately 6” (between 1&2%) extra length over the ordered size. This is to compensate for potential shrinkage of your cover over time which is typically of all solar covers regardless of manufacturer especially in geographical areas with hotter climates. It is your option as how you want to trim your cover (with or without the extra length), just be aware that if shrinkage
occurs that it cannot be repaired. Many owners prefer to leave that extra 6” of length at final trimming. More about shrinkage here in our FAQs.
Allowing for excess solar cover width is typically not a concern unless debris trapping is desired whereby the debris can be directed to a skimmer. If debris catching is your intent, be sure to order a cover that is both wide and long enough to accomplish this.
Before trimming the cover’s length, make an outline of your pool shape with a marker allowing for the additional 6” of length if desired.
If your pool has a liner, exercise caution when cutting your cover to fit around curves and angles of your pool or spa as scissors or other cutting implements may damage pool liners. The solar cover can be cut easily with household scissors to fit the angles and curves of the pool walls.
When trimming your solar cover, plan to make two trims! Don't trim too much in the first cut as it is possible and easy to pull the cover away from the opposite wall when cutting without noticing, leaving you with a cover that is too small. It is better to do a second trim to get the fit right. Often times as wrinkles relax out more trimming may be required. The cover relaxing period may be 24 hours or longer.
Cut around pool ladders and other features using curved or radius corners as opposed to square ones. Making a right angle will cut into the cover will produce a weak point that could tear when the cover is removed and re-deployed. Alternatively fit ladder hinges that will allow the ladder to be pivoted out of the pool and away from the pool cover.
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Handling the cover
The ideal cover handling solution is to have good quality cover reel that will allow you to manage the cover with ease.
When physically handling the cover without a reel, it is best to fan fold the cover at one end of the pool. Regardless of the handling method, always install and use a good quality reflective storage sheet when the cover is off the pool, or store it in the shade.
Caring for the cover when it is off the pool
Pool covers must be covered immediately with the supplied reflective sheets or be stored in a shaded area out of direct sunlight. Never leave a cover in direct sunlight while folded or wound onto a reel. Sometimes permanent damage can occur very quickly to an un-protected cover.
Unless the supplied reflective sheet is used once a cover is removed and reeled-up or fan folded, the heat generated by the sun will be significantly magnified, causing degradation of the material. The result of this may or may not be immediate but the cover's efficiency will be compromised and its lifespan shortened.
The effects of an un-protected cover will be a high heat concentration inside the cover material, which may lead to sufficient expansion of the air in the bubbles to force apart the laminated areas. This results in bubbles joining and making stripes of bigger bubbles. This in itself won't jeopardize the cover unless constantly repeated.
If a removed cover is not protected from direct sunlight another possible outcome is destruction of a cover from becoming so hot it becomes molten and melts itself together, or cover shrinkage may occur as lines of degraded wrinkled bubbles form across the cover. These are the reasons why reputable pool cover suppliers offer light, opaque-colored reflective storage sheets that will help protect the bubble cover against the harmful rays and heat of the sun.
Reflective sheet on reeled solar pool cover.
Cleaning and storage of covers
Covered pools will collect less dust and debris as most will be blown away with wind. Without a cover, debris becomes waterlogged and sinks.
Leaves, dust and debris can be swept to one area of a cover and then manually removed.
Alternatively, debris can be hosed towards the skimmer basket and the pool's the filtration system used to clear the debris.
During the off season when the pool is not in use, the cover can be cleaned/ hosed down with fresh tap water, covered with the reflective storage sheet and stored in a shaded area, ideally a garage or shed.