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A Safety cover is a thick fabric that anchors over your pool for the winter season. There are two main types, mesh and solid safety covers that each offer different benefits. Both types of safety covers protect your pool from dirt and debris and keep your family safe.
Pool safety covers prevent water pooling by creating a flat barrier between your pool and the elements.
You can certainly get by without one but safety covers are the best way to protect your pool and keep your family safe when your pool is closed for the season. They also keep your backyard looking great.
There are three main benefits of using a safety cover. The first, aptly named, being safety, followed by decreased wear and tear on your pool, and finally, keeping your backyard looking clean. Safety covers prevent an unsightly winter swamp from developing in your backyard. This is not only beneficial for the health of your pool by preventing debris from accumulating, it is safer for your family, pets, and backyard wildlife as it prevents accidental falls and entrapment.
Mesh safety covers allow rainwater and snow to filter through to your pool but block debris and sunlight from permeating through. This will protect your pool and animals from each other, keeping everyone safe for the season. Mesh pool safety covers block out most sunlight, which inhibits the growth of algae over the season. Always perform proper pool closing maintenance before applying your mesh safety cover for the season.
Solid safety covers prevent all water and snow from entering your pool and block out all sunlight. It’s important to keep them free of debris and ensure the automatic pump is working to prevent water build up in the center. Keeping your safety cover clear extends the life of your safety cover and keeps your backyard looking clean and tidy all season.
Mesh safety covers are lighter and easier to take on and off than solid safety covers. Mesh safety covers will not pool with water since they allow water to pass through while keeping leaves out. The leaves will dry and blow away. The drawback is that some light will pass through allowing algae and bacteria to grow. This works out to less maintenance in the winter, but more cleanup in the spring when you open your pool. You may also need the occasional use of a sump pump if there is a heavy rain or snow and your pool is overflowing.
A solid safety cover will block out all debris and precipitation, leaving you with a clear pool to open up in the spring, but there is more winter maintenance. You will need to regularly sweep off the leaves and snow to avoid too much weight building up in the center of the pool. Weight will cause the middle to sag and make the cover less effective. Some models come with a small center drain that will prevent pressure from a big rain storm. An automatic pump can also keep the cover dry, but it’s recommended you bring it inside when the weather is freezing.
If your cover is installed correctly it can support the weight of multiple people, however, walking on a pool safety cover is not recommended unless it is in the event of an emergency.
Discount Pool Supply offers pool safety covers for all standard pool shapes and custom safety covers for freeform pools and non-stock sizes.
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