Frequently Asked Questions

How do I prolong the life of my Solar Blanket?

There are two main steps to prolong the life span of your Solar Pool Cover.

Firstly, have your swimming pool water checked by a professional at least once a month. They will ensure that your swimming pool water remains between the optimum 2-3ppm (parts per million parts water) of chlorine. Your local pool shop or maintenance person should keep records of the chemical concentration of your swimming pool, as these will be useful for warranty claims in the unlikely event of a pool cover breakdown.

Secondly, when the cover is removed from the pool and if you have a pool cover roller system, simply place the suncover over the rolled up material. If a roller is not present, ensure that the pool cover material remains in complete shade, when it is removed from the pool. As the material is an excellent conductor of heat, it is possible for the material to possibly melt under direct sunlight without the cooling of the water. Also over exposure to heat, has a negative effect on the composition of the make-up of the material. This can seriously effect how the pool cover reacts to chlorine degradation.

Will a Leaf and Debris Cover or Solar Pool Cover deter wild ducks?

Yes! A pool cover will deter ducks, by preventing them access to the water. The idea is to break the behavourial habit of the ducks. Your swimming pool is mostly clear, and therefore the duck can see the bottom and the contents of the water Рthus allowing the duck to ascertain whether or not there are predators in the water. Generally most swimming pools are fenced, the fence acts as a barrier to predators also. On top of this some pools, have some form of vegetation handy, such as grass, plants etc and provide a small amount of food. Your pool is an ideal safe place for a swim, a quick bite to eat and inevitably go to the toilet.

All pool covers will deter ducks from swimming in the pool, but the degree of their effectiveness largely depends on which type of pool cover you choose. How a pool cover deters the ducks is simply by denying them access to the thing that the duck seeks – the water. By covering the water up, they can no longer swim/ bathe in your pool. Placing a cover will not instantly stop the ducks from coming, over time, they will understand that they cannot access your pool – and in turn go somewhere else. The common misconception is to try and scare the ducks away from the pool with floating objects or hanging items above the water line. This will work briefly, until the duck realises that the object poses no real threat. The only true and lasting way to deter the ducks is to deny access to the water.

Pool Covers and Ducks – Article

Can I use my Leaf and Debris Cover as a safety cover?

The answer is a definite NO!

The leaf and debris cover is designed to keep leaves and rubbish out of your pool, not people or animals. It is NO substitute for an approved fence.

Will my pool cleaner still work when the cover is on?

Yes, most pool cleaners will operate normally under the cover.

Do I need a roller with the leaf and debris cover?

No, the fabric in a leaf and debris cover is much lighter than say the bubble solar blankets and do not require a roller for ease of rolling. However, we have in the past attached a roller to a leaf and debris cover at the customer’s request, the customer was very pleased with the end result.

Will the leaf and debris cover help with stopping evaporation?

Yes, while they are not quite as effective as a solar blanket for stopping evaporation, a leaf and debris cover will still reduce the evaporation.

Can the rainwater still get into the pool when the leaf and debris cover is on?

Yes, this type of cover fabric is weave and as such is porous, therefore the rainwater will be able to go through the cover and into the pool. The weave mesh is however perfect for keeping small particles out of your pool.

Can you stub your toe on the fixing cleats that fasten the cover?

It’s possible, but the cleats can be strategically positioned so that the possibility is reduced. An alternative is to fit removable cleats which can be totally removed from the pool when the pool is in use.

Can the leaf and debris cover remain on the pool for an extended period of time?

Yes, in fact these covers are often used to shut down the pool completely over winter.

Are the leaf and debris covers difficult to put on and take off?

No, but they do take longer than a solar blanket and roller which takes about 30 seconds on average.

Am I receiving the best quality pool blanket? use SANCELL Australia Smart WaterMark Approved¬†Pool Blanket material. This material is made in Australia for Australian conditions. SANCELL have been perfecting their pool blanket material for over 30 years. It’s renowned for being the most durable in our harsh environmental conditions. It is also the only 100% recyclable material.

Is my pool blanket covered under warranty?

Yes! All covers sold are covered by a FULL 3 Year Replacement Warranty and a subsequent prorata warranty applicable to each thickness grade sold. For example the 400 micron pool cover has a 5 year Pro Rata warranty, whilst the 500 micron pool cover has an 8 year Pro Rata warranty.

How do you choose between the different blanket thicknesses? offer two choices of thickness, the best two on the market. In terms of performance such as warming the pool or reducing the evaporation effect, they are exactly the same. The difference is in the thickness and how long they will last. One other consideration is that elderly customers may find the 400 micron a little lighter and easier to handle.