Hi everyone...first time poster here, but I've been reading for a while now. We moved to a home last summer in the Phoenix area, and have never had a pool before. First, thanks for all the good information here - it has helped quite a bit. I hope someday I can return the favor!
Our pool is approx. 14,000 gallons, irregular shaped rectangular pool, roughly 16 x 33. We have an in floor cleaning system. Last year, I attempted to fashion a pool cover for the pool, and because of its irregular shape, I cut it into three sections, and cut it to exactly fit the shape of the pool. Every morning, the pool cover would be mostly bunched up in the center of the pool from the activity of the cleaning jets (which run overnight.)
About a week ago, I bought a new solar pool cover larger than the entire footprint of the pool. It has been sitting on the pool since, weighted down around the pool deck to hold it in place. It seems to me that the best answer to the jets causing the cover to bunch in the middle is to cut the cover larger than the pool and continue weighting it down to hold it in place. I am OK with that for now.
The question I have is this - what's the recommendation for if/when it rains? Should I cut a few drain holes in the cover? Not that we get huge rain all the time here in the Phoenix area, but we do get the occasional downpour, and I would hate to come home to find a couple inches of water pooled in the middle of the cover. Any suggestions are appreciated...