I have some cuts on my cover, made by contractors who were doing the siding work on my house. The cuts are not above the pool opening, so the water won't get into my pool through them. I know there are self-adhere patches out there, but will they really work? and if so, which ones would you recommend? I saw some 3M ones (300 LES or something) about 10x10 for ~$50. I'm sure there are better prices can be found, but I just want to know if these patches is the way to go or if I'd better of with professional repair. I still owe money to the contractor, so he'll end up paying for the repair, but I want it to be reasonable and fair. If you think the patches will work, can you point which ones I should go for and where I should get them?
Also, when its below freezing the edges of my pool (under the cover) get icy and the wind puts too much pressure on my cover pushing it up and down a lot rubbing my cover against sharp icy edges. The cover is about 5 years old and someone told me that it should last about 10-12 years, but I feel like I need to do some maintenance on it to make it last that long. Is there a long roll of self-adhere tape that I should apply on the inside of my pool cover where it rubs against the icy edges of my pool?
Also, should I do something about this crazy wind I get? Like some wind barrier around the pool cover or some weight like water bags on the edges of the pool cover?
P.S. I do have automatic pool pump, but I decided to keep it inside when it's not needed and the temperature outside is below freezing. Plus, the automatic portion of it is unreliable, it switches on when the water on my pool cover is over 3" (used to be over 4", but I blew the air tub with the air pressure cans, so now it starts pumping when the water level is about 3.25".
I uploaded the 3rd picture with the ruler, which indicates how far these cuts from the edges. the cuts are about 16" from the edge of the pool. do I need to take care of it now or can it wait until summer? The wind is very strong and I don't know if it can get worse if I wait until summer. If it has to be done now, I'd rather have someone else do it and have contractor pay for it. Any advise who I can hire here in Philly area and how much it'll cost? Thanks!