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How to Remove a Solar Cover with 1 Person

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The best way to remove and store a solar cover is to roll it up using a specialized reel. If you do not own a reel, your next best bet is to fold it concertina style, using two people. If no one else is around, however, you can still remove and store your solar cover safely and in a way that will not shorten its lifespan. You will still need to fold it concertina style, but with several adaptations to make it practical for one person.

Fold any flaps inward so that the cover's sides are completely straight. These flaps might include step coverings or skimmer box inserts.

Draw small black marks on one edge of the solar cover, exactly one meter apart from each other. Do the same thing on the opposite side of the cover, so that the two sets of marks match up perfectly. (You will only need to do this step the first time you are removing the solar cover.)

Pull several meters of the solar cover off the surface of the pool. This length should be lying flat on the ground next to the pool.

Stand at one corner of the cover. Grasp the cover at the second mark, and pull it back until it reaches the corner. The cover will then be folded back and forth once, with the first mark right at one folded crease and the second mark right at the second folded crease.

Repeat this process with the opposite side of the solar cover. You should see the folds on the two sides come together to form one complete fold in the fabric. Make sure that the folded area is completely flat before moving on.

Repeat the previous two steps by grasping the third black mark currently visible and folding the cover again, and then doing the same on the other side. Continue this process until you reach the end of the cover, and the cover is completely removed from the surface of the pool.


To restore the cover to its previous position, simply pull first one side, and then the other, across the surface of the pool. Stop when you reach the opposite side, and adjust the cover as needed.


Do not go leave the cover on any area of the pool if someone is swimming elsewhere in the pool. Never leave the solar cover on a grassy area. The sun's rays can kill the grass in less than an hour when a solar cover is on it. Do not leave a solar cover in the hot sun for any amount of time. Store the cover in a cool, shady area or a garage when it is not in use.

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