Do I need to remove my solar pool blanket every few days?

I found  a post on a parents and babies forum this morning, where people were talking about using a solar pool cover/blanket in conjunction with solar pool heating. One poster had advised that if you use both, you need to remove the pool cover every 3 days, leave it off for 3 days, put it back for 3 and so on.  They didn’t know why they had to do it, but that was their understanding. (And yes, they were doing it!) They were in Perth, WA. So if you happen to live in Perth, and have been told the same thing, we would...

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How to stop heat loss from my pool

Heat gets lost from a swimming pool mainly through evaporation. The evaporation is caused by a number of factors, such as air temperature compared to the water temperature, humidity level and the amount of wind blowing across the pool water surface. The bigger the difference between the air temperature and the water temperature in a pool, the greater the evaporation and therefore the greater the heat loss. The same for low humidity environments – the potential for evaporation is increased when the humidity is low....

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How do I extend the life of my spa cover?

No one really wants to buy an expensive spa cover – all people really want is a value for money spa cover that will do the job they want it to do.  And once you’ve forked out a thousand dollars for a good one, you certainly don’t want to have to replace it every year! How do you get the best possible life expectancy out of a spa cover? 1. Keep it safe from pets.  Seriously – you would not believe the number of people who say ‘My dog ate it’.  It’s not just solar covers or foam...

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Will a solar pool cover really heat my pool water?

People often ask ‘Will a solar pool cover really heat the water?’. The answer is yes – absolutely – it will heat the water! How much it heats the water will depend on a few factors, but most people will find  that their pool water temperature will rise by between 6 and 8 degrees celcius over the period of a week.  During the peak of summer, many people find that the pool water actually gets too hot to swim, and will leave the pool uncovered for a few days, to allow it to cool down. Because the water...

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$100 pool cover rebate for Tamworth

The Tamworth Regional Council has been running their own Water Saver Rebate Scheme since 2007.  As long as your new pool cover has the Smart Approved WaterMark (which all our Solar Covers carry), and you are lucky enough to live in Tamworth, you can claim up to $100 back on your purchase cost. This pool cover rebate is scheduled to remain in place until 2014.        

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Top 5 benefits of using a solar pool cover

1. Free heating! A solar pool cover will heat the pool water – if your pool gets full sun during the day, a solar pool cover will increase the water temperature by around 8 degrees celcius. 2. Save water! A solar pool cover can almost eliminate water loss caused by evaporation. Ours have been independently tested, and proven to stop as much as 99.4% of evaporation. 3. Save chemicals! It’s not just the water that doesn’t evaporate – it’s your chemicals too.  By stopping evaporation, you are...

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Which pool cover is best for me?

There are lots of styles of pool cover available – the best thing to do is decide what it is that you want a cover to achieve – once you know what you want a pool cover to do for you, then you can narrow down your options. Winter Covers / Fitted Covers: Do you only use your pool a couple of times a week? Do you sometimes not swim for weeks at a time? Are you worried about animals or children falling into your swimming pool?  Are you always scooping leaves and debris out of you pool? If you answered yes to any...

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How much does a bubble cover cost?

If you are looking for a bubble type pool cover (also called bubble wrap covers, solar pool covers, solar pool blankets, floating pool covers and floating pool blankets), you will have seen that the cost varies a lot. The price you pay for a bubble pool cover will depend on the grade of bubble material that is used, and the size of the pool you are covering – the ‘thicker’ the blanket, and larger the pool, the more it is going to cost. About the ‘bubbles’ – there are some different types....

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Remove mildew and mold from your spa cover

By maintaining proper water chemistry you reduce the likelihood of mildew and mold on your vinyl spa cover. However a Spa can be located in a very humid environment and sometimes mildew and mold cannot be avoided. Here are some ideas to remove mildew and keep you vinyl spa cover looking good. Remove the foam cores from the vinyl spa cover. Use some mild liquid soap and water and use a soft bristle brush to scrub the inside and outside of the vinyl cover. It is important to use a brush with mildew and mold to clean it off....

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How to care for your vinyl spa cover

To get the longest life from your vinyl Spa Cover, you should treat it like you would your car or fine furniture. The vinyl surface needs a little bit of care and attention and it will perform well. You wouldn’t jump up and down on your car roof or place rough and heavy objects on the painted surface, so make sure you and your family look after your vinyl Spa Cover. Use a vinyl conditioner on the Spa Cover that will protect it from the sun. It should contain a UV inhibitor and one of the best products available for...

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How to repair a solar bubble pool cover

A pool cover can be repaired different ways depending on the type of cover and the repair needed. Determine the type of damage that has been done to you floating pool cover. If there is a large tear, it may be difficult to repair the cover without some additional fabric. For a small hole, use an “all weather tape” that is designed for outdoor use and will resist the UV from the sun and the rain. These tapes are often used for repairing greenhouses and other outdoor applications adhering to plastic fabrics. Your...

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Repairing a Vinyl Spa Cover

Vinyl Spa Covers can be repaired if they get damaged or start to pool water on top of them. If your hard spa cover starts to get a puddle of water on the top of it, is important to remove it or rectify it straight away before it does too much damage to the foam inside. The quick way to fix it, is to unzip the the vinyl cover and remove the foam core. If the foam core is water logged, you should allow it to dry out and then cover it with some thin plastic to make it water proof before turning it over and fitting back inside...

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