Pool covers are large vinyl tarps that prevent debris, animals, and leaves from falling and contaminating the pool. This is especially useful during windy seasons when a lot of yard scraps get blown into a pool, making the pool unsafe to swim in. Branches and scraps can sometimes damage the surface by poking holes into the cover, but it can be repaired with pool cover repair kits bought at pool specialty stores or online.
Clean the surface of the damaged pool cover with alcohol and a soft cloth. Clean several inches beyond the immediate damaged area.
Cut a rounded piece of patch large enough to overlap the hole by several inches all around. A rounded piece is recommended to prevent snagging or dragging.
Apply a thin layer of glue evenly onto the patch with a putty knife or any flat-edged tool.
Press the patch over the hole with the tacky side down. Press down firmly with a roller to prevent any air bubbles.
Repeat the steps to apply another patch on the opposite side of the hole for added protection, if desired. This will require the cover to be lifted from the pool and turned over.
Dry the patch for at least an hour before setting back down onto the pool.
Get the right type of tape measure to measure your pool cover. Use a steel tape or fiberglass tape measure for maximum accuracy. Even though you can measure the length of your pool cover in increments, it helps if the tape measure can extend the entire length of the pool cover.
Use the right measurements. Using feet and inches to measure the pool cover will be more accurate than feet or inches alone.
Lay out the pool cover you're measuring on a flat surface. Get a friend to help you get the measurements to ensure they're accurate.
Go to the longest part of a round or oval cover, meaning the midpoint that would cross over the center if you were to draw a straight line from one end to the other. Measure from one side to the other. For oval covers, also measure the shorter distance from one side to the other. For a rectangular pool cover, measure the long and the short sides.
Take the measurements carefully to ensure you get it right down to the inch. Always round up to make sure it will fit on your pool.
Compare the measurements you got to the measurements of your pool. This will tell you whether or not the cover will fit.
Pull the pool cover so it is completely flat.
Fold a 3-foot portion of any end of the pool cover over, so it is lying on top of the pool cover.
Pinch the two corners where the top layer is folded over the bottom layer. While pinching the layers together, gently lift the section and tuck it under the next section of pool cover. You are folding the pool cover in the same way you would fold paper to make a fan: over, under, over, under. Continue folding the pool cover in 3-foot sections until you reach the end of the pool cover.
Lay the pool cover lengthwise. Starting at either end, tightly roll the pool cover. Roll the pool cover in the same way that you would roll a sleeping bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible.
Secure the cover using the plastic bag it was sold in, or gently tie a piece of rope around the bundled up pool cover. Do not pull the rope tight, as it can rip or tear the cover.
Grab one edge of the above ground pool cover and have another person grab the opposite edge. Make sure the cover is wider than your pool. As reported at INYOpools.com, your cover should have a 2-foot overlap all the way around. You will need the extra material to secure the cover.
Spread the pool cover over the pool, with at least a 2-foot overlap around the pool. Make sure the cover is even around the pool.
Thread the cable through the grommets, or loops, around the edge of the cover. Pull the cable tightly and secure with the winch. Tuck in any above ground pool cover material that is loose.
Attach a winter cover seal around your entire pool to secure your cover further and to avoid "wind whip." Wind can cause the most damage to above ground pool covers, as reported at INYOpools.com.
Remove leaves, insects, dirt and other debris from the surface of the pool cover using a broom or rake. Have a trash bag available for easy removal of the debris.
Remove excess water from the surface of the pool cover using a submersible pump or shop-vac. Tighten the pool cover by pulling on its edges to gather water in one area to make for easy water removal.
Roll the pool cover as you remove it. Try to limit the amount of leftover debris and water that can seep into the pool.
Unroll and lay flat the pool cover in another area of the yard, using the broom or rake again to remove debris a final time.
Use a hose to clean the pool cover on both sides. Keep the pool cover flattened for a few days so that it can dry, which will help prevent mildew from occurring during storage.
Fold the cover and secure it with a rope or other means to prevent it from unrolling during storage. Store in a dry area.