A solar blanket pool cover looks like very thick bubble wrap in appearance. Good quality solar blankets are made to last and there is very little that can go wrong with them. However there are a few things that should be done to make sure you get the maximum life from your pool cover.
Always keep pool water chlorine levels within an acceptable range
While very little can go wrong with a solar pool cover one situation that will shorten its life is excessive chlorine levels in the pool water. When this happens for a prolonged period of time, it brings about a condition where the bubbles on the blanket go milky white in colour and become brittle and flaky and its useful life effectively comes to an end.
Avoiding this condition is extremely easy and will automatically happen if you follow a normal swimming pool maintenance routine. Generally speaking, most pool maintenance professionals advise pool owners to have their pool water tested regularly, approximately every four to six weeks. By doing this, and with the correct advice that follows this testing, the owner can maintain the correct concentration of chlorine in the water by simply keeping the pool in balance.
Due to the fact that a solar blanket will slow down the chemical loss that a pool experiences through evaporation, it is further recommended that after a solar blanket is fitted, the first water testing should be within about a week of the blanket's installation. By doing this together with the normal regular water testing the problem of too much chlorine attacking the solar blanket will be removed.