Best Pool Covers https://www.bestpoolcover.com We Know Pool Covers! Tue, 01 Oct 2019 18:35:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.12 https://www.bestpoolcover.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/cropped-bestpoolcovers-32x32.png Best Pool Covers https://www.bestpoolcover.com 32 32 Mesh Vs. Solid Pool Safety Covers https://www.bestpoolcover.com/articles/mesh-vs-solid-pool-safety-covers/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:51:41 +0000 http://www.bestpoolcover.com/?p=2177 MESH POOL COVERS PROS Prevents water from collecting on the cover, allows rain and melted snow to drain right into your pool. Does not block out all sunlight. CONS When the snow melts or it rains, the dirty water from the leaves and debris will leak into the pool. There may debris at the bottom…

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MESH POOL COVERS

Hydra Mesh Safety Pool Cover With Step

PROS

  • Prevents water from collecting on the cover, allows rain and melted snow to drain right into your pool.
  • Does not block out all sunlight.

CONS

  • When the snow melts or it rains, the dirty water from the leaves and debris will leak into the pool.
  • There may debris at the bottom of the pool.

Mesh Cover Advantages

Mesh covers typically last longer than vinyl covers.

Mesh covers do not need a pump on top because they just let the pool water pass through.

Since there's no pump, mesh covers generally require no work during the offseason.

With their light-weight material, mesh covers can be taken on and off by one person in most cases, unlike solid covers.

Mesh Cover Disadvantages

Water passing through the mesh cover isn't necessarily clean. With a mesh cover, the dirty water will just pass right on through to the pool water.

Dirty water will require more cleaning in the spring when you reopen the pool. A mesh-covered pool will likely need a few days of vacuuming, brushing, and filtering before it is ready for the new season.

The mesh also lets sunlight pass through, which can cause early algae growth.

SOLID POOL COVERS

Hydra-Heavy Weight Solid Safety Pool Cover with Step

PROS

  • Keeps out 100% of sunlight.
  • Protects pool from snowmelt, rain, and debris.
  • You will have a higher chance of opening up a clear pool.

CONS

  • It is heavier than a mesh cover.
  • You must drain the water from the cover with a pump.

Solid Cover Advantages

The main advantage to a solid vinyl winter pool cover is the fact that it does not allow sunlight to pass through. This is important because in the spring when the pool water starts to warm up, algae will grow on the walls if it has contact to sunlight.

Along with keeping sunlight out, solid vinyl covers keep dirty water out of the pool as well.

This cleaner water usually leads to very little brushing, vacuuming, chemicals, etc., in the spring to get the pool swimmable.

Solid cover disadvantages

A solid cover typically lasts 7–11 years, a shorter lifespan than a mesh cover.

Solid covers are heavier than mesh and generally require at least two people to take on and off.

The submersible pumps used with solid vinyl covers usually only last 2–4 years before needing replacement.

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Swimming Pool Cover Fabric Options https://www.bestpoolcover.com/articles/swimming-pool-cover-fabric-options/ Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:22:07 +0000 http://www.bestpoolcover.com/?p=2139 Swimming Pool Cover Fabric Options To provide you with the ultimate satisfaction, both mesh and vinyl pool covers are available. The mesh fabric is designed to clear all the water from the surface of the pool cover at a water flow rate of 100 gallons per minute per square foot. Mesh pool covers are woven with special…

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Swimming Pool Cover Fabric Options

To provide you with the ultimate satisfaction, both mesh and vinyl pool covers are available.

The mesh fabric is designed to clear all the water from the surface of the pool cover at a water flow rate of 100 gallons per minute per square foot. Mesh pool covers are woven with special fabric technology to block 94% of light to reduce algae growth under the inground pool cover.

Solid vinyl pool covers are designed to keep your swimming pool water crystal clear throughout the year.  Come spring, if the swimming pool cover was installed properly, your water will be crystal clear and opening your inground pool will be a breeze. Taffeta reinforced to provide incredible strength which resists wearing.  These swimming pool covers block 100% of sunlight which eliminates the growth of algae.

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Custom Fit

In addition to the unbeatable protect, your swimming pool cover is custom made to fit your pool!  Most covers are drawn using state-of-the-art CAD software to perfectly match your pool's dimensions and machined with perfection to ensure a perfect, flawless fit.

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Inground Swimming Pool Cover Installation https://www.bestpoolcover.com/articles/inground-swimming-pool-cover-installation/ Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:41:17 +0000 http://www.bestpoolcover.com/?p=2126 Inground Swimming Pool Cover Installation A pool safety cover is secured into the deck via straps, springs, and anchors. The brass anchors thread up to install the cover and thread down flush into the deck when the cover is removed. Installing your own safety pool cover is an easy DIY project, and takes only a few…

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Inground Swimming Pool Cover Installation

Swimming Pool Safety Cover Installation InstructionsA pool safety cover is secured into the deck via straps, springs, and anchors. The brass anchors thread up to install the cover and thread down flush into the deck when the cover is removed. Installing your own safety pool cover is an easy DIY project, and takes only a few hours to complete.

MATERIALS LIST

  • Heavy duty rotary hammer drill, with 3/4” x 18” long masonry drill bit
  • Extension cords to power the hammer drill
  • Chalk line for marking
  • Hammer to tamp in the deck anchors
  • 12-24 buckets of water or bags of sand to hold pool cover in place
  • Protective eyewear/goggles

WARNING: Always wear goggles or other appropriate eye protection while installing anchors or other pool equipment using power tools.

INCLUDED HARDWARE

Swimming Pool Safety Cover Installation Instructions

INSTALLING THE POOL COVER

1. Remove all swimming pool ladders and handrails
2. Measure the pool and the pool cover. This will determine the overlap of the cover. Take the difference on width and length and divide by two. The overlap can vary from 10 to 15 inches.
3. Place cover over the pool carefully so you do not snag or damage the pool cover. The cautionary label should be facing up Adjust to the overlap determined in step 2. Use something on the straps to hold the cover in place (buckets of water or bags of sand).
4.Mark the anchor points at the center of each wall. They are located 18 inches from the edge of the swimming pool cover. Install the anchors.
5. Attach straps to the springs, then place the springs on the anchors.
6. Continue with the anchor points for the rest of the pool cover. With all anchors and springs installed, recheck all the Anchors and straps to make sure they are secured and adjusted with equal tension.

Swimming Pool Safety Cover Installation Instructions

ANCHOR LAYOUT

After the cover has the initial anchors, layout the remaining straps (18" from the edge of the cover). On rectangles, you can use a chalk line to make sure the anchors are in a straight line.

ANCHOR INSTALLATION

CONCRETE DECKSSwimming Pool Safety Cover Installation Instructions

  1. Drill about 2-1/4" inches into the deck using a rotary hammer drill with a 3/4 inch masonry bit. Vacuum or flush out the concrete dust in the bottom of the hole.
  2. Remove the anchor insert from the anchor. Place the brass anchor into the hole and tamp it down carefully until flush with the deck using the tamper
  3. tool. Do not drive the anchor in with the anchor insert in place.
  4. Screw the anchor insert into the anchor with the hex key, with around 1/3 of the anchor insert above the deck to secure the spring.

OTHER DECK SURFACES

  1. For Brick, Pavers, Stone (or for wood decks less than 1-5/8") to be installed, you will need a 3/4" I.D. conduit or pipe that is 15" in length. Drill into the deck using a rotary hammer drill with an appropriate size masonry bit. Vacuum or flush out the concrete dust in the bottom of the hole.
  2. Remove the brass insert from the anchor. Place the brass anchor into the pipe and drive the pipe into the hole and tamp it down carefully until flush with the deck using a block of wood. Do not drive the anchor in with the anchor insert in place.
  3. Screw the brass insert into the casing with the hex key, with around 1/3 of the anchor insert above the deck to secure the spring.

SPRING INSTALLATION

Swimming Pool Safety Cover Installation Instructions

  1. Lace strap through #1
  2. Go over #2
  3. Go between #2 and #3
  4. Loop around the square end of spring
  5. Go back between #2 and #3
  6. Push end underneath #4

SPRING TO ANCHOR INSTALLATIONSwimming Pool Safety Cover Installation Instructions

  1. Place the installation rod through the round end of spring with the notch in rod facing away from cover.
  2. Place the end of the rod over the anchor insert.
  3. Pivot the rod away from the edge of the cover until the spring slides over the anchor insert.
  4. Rotate the installation rod until the rod is free.

Swimming Pool Safety Cover Installation Instructions

REMOVING THE COVER

  1. Place the installation rod over the spring where it connects to the anchor.
  2. Make sure the notch is facing away from the cover.
  3. Rotate the installation rod until the spring is over the end of the installation rod.
  4. Pull the rod toward the cover so the spring slides up the rod and relieves tension.
  5. Using the Hex Key provided rotate the anchor insert until it is flush with the deck.

Swimming Pool Safety Cover Installation Instructions

MAINTAINING ANCHORS

For smooth operation of the anchor inserts, it is a good practice each spring and fall that they are flushed out to remove any dirt. The brass inserts may also be lightly sprayed with a silicone or Teflon lubricant to ensure smooth operation. Do not use any oil or grease!

STORING THE COVER

When the cover is removed it should be cleaned of debris, allowed to dry, folded and placed in its storage bag. Store the cover in a dry area away from rodents.

CARING FOR YOUR COVER

  1. Make sure the pools water level is never allowed to fall below 18” from the main deck level. Allowing a low water level will result in cover and/or spring damage during periods of snow accumulation. This type of damage will not be covered under the warranty.
  2. Do not walk on the cover unless there is an emergency situation. It should not be jumped upon like a trampoline. Walking or jumping on the cover could result in damage not covered by the warranty.
  3. Proper chemical treatment is necessary when closing the pool for the winter. The chemical levels should be checked in the spring, adjust as necessary.
  4. Strips to protect against abrasion are sewn to the cover to protect against normal coping wear.
  5. It is up to the installer to, when necessary, add protective padding to sharp corners or very rough areas of the pool.
  6. The cover should be stored in its storage bag when not installed. Any leaves and debris should be cleaned from the cover before storing.
  7. The cover should be stored in an area free of rodents.
  8. Never swim in the pool with the cover when it is partially installed.
  9. Check the cover periodically to be sure the cover is secured tightly on the pool. Adjust the straps to achieve the proper tension.
  10. Do not to drag the cover on decking or over the cover springs. Tears resulting from mishandling will not be covered under the warranty.

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How to Close and Winterize Your Inground Swimming Pool https://www.bestpoolcover.com/articles/how-to-close-and-winterize-your-inground-swimming-pool/ https://www.bestpoolcover.com/articles/how-to-close-and-winterize-your-inground-swimming-pool/#respond Thu, 26 Jul 2018 14:10:46 +0000 http://www.bestpoolcover.com/?p=278 How to Close and Winterize Your Inground Swimming Pool After reaping the rewards and experiencing the pleasure of your dream pool from PoolWarehouse.com, we want to help learn how to close and winterize your inground swimming pool kit. Closing it down perfectly will ensure that you experience your dream season after season with ease. Closing…

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How to Close and Winterize Your Inground Swimming Pool

After reaping the rewards and experiencing the pleasure of your dream pool from PoolWarehouse.com, we want to help learn how to close and winterize your inground swimming pool kit. Closing it down perfectly will ensure that you experience your dream season after season with ease. Closing your inground pool kit down properly will ensure your pool will last for many seasons without repairs or replacements.

There will be several things you will need before you begin the process of closing and winterizing your swimming pool kit.

  • You will need a mesh or solid pool cover with anchors mounted in the g
    round. Pool Warehouse offers a variety of safety pool covers to accommodate your existing pool kit. Our safety pool covers include all the necessary hardware required to install your pool cover. Feel free to contact us today for a quote!
    • The hardware needed to install your cover includes anchors, springs, tamping tool, hex key, and installation rod.Pool Cover Installation Kit
  • You will need adjustable winterizing slip plugs for most pool jets, such as the pool step and cozy cove jets.
  • If you have one or more Aqua Genies in your pool kit, you will need Aqua Genie winterizing covers.
  • If you will be using Gizmos for your standard pool skimmer, make sure to inspect them for cracks.
  • You will need an air compressor or shop vac. swimming allows you to blow out your pool plumbing, pool pump, and pool filter.
  • You will need pool water test strips, and the necessary pool chemicals to adjust your pool chemistry. Some of the products needed are a non-toxic pool anti-freeze, Di-Chlor shock, granular winterizing (algaecide), and sequestering agent to prevent possible staining.
  • Now that you have all the right equipment you are ready to learn how to close and winterize your inground swimming pool kit

Once you have everything you need, you can begin the process of closing your beautiful new swimming pool kit! First, get your test strips and test your pool water. Some local swimming pool companies will test your water if you bring in a sample of your pool water. Most Local swimming pool companies that provide this service will normally provide instructions to assist you in balancing your pool water chemistry.

Before you begin adjusting your pool chemicals, remove any debris with your pool vacuum and net. Use your pool wall brush to scrub the walls and floor of your pool kit. At this point, if you need to do any adjustments be sure to get the necessary swimming pool chemicals. Follow the instructions on the back of the product. Failure to adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions can result in liner fading and possible toxicity. Circulate your swimming pool chemicals through your system for at least 10 to 12 hours before backwashing your filter.

After your chemicals are balanced, remove any existing chlorine tablets from the skimmers, inline feeders or floating chlorinators and begin backwashing your pool filter. View the pool filter sight glass to determine when your filter is clean. Clean the basket in your pool pump of all debris. When you finish backwashing your pool filter and cleaning your pump basket, drain the water below the pool skimmers. (through the backwash cycle)

Use a compressor, or shop vac to blow out any existing water in the pool skimmers filter valve and pump. Any water remaining in your swimming pool plumbing could freeze and crack your pipes, resulting in leaks and costly repairs. When bubbles are visible through the pool main drain and jets, it is safe to add antifreeze and plug your jets with the appropriate winterizing plugs. It is not necessary to dive in your swimming pool to plug the main drain. When you blow out the suction line you will see bubbles coming out of the drain, plug the pipe at the equipment pad or close the gate or ball valve quickly. This will create an air lock in the line and prevent water from entering the pipe. Use duct tape to cover any exposed pipes as well as the pool skimmer deck lid.

It is stripped to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific equipment. DE and sand filters need to be drained and the valve left open. Put all drain plugs with other removed items in the pump basket for easy storage. Repeat this process for pool heaters, pumps, and inline chlorinators as well.

Remove your swimming pool ladders and pool handrails and store them in a dry location. Use the manufacturer’s instructions for installing your swimming pool cover properly. Generally, the instructions require placing your pool cover carefully over the pool kit so you do not snag or damage the cover. Have the cautionary label facing up. Adjust the overlap equally, this can vary from 10 to 15 inches. Hold the inground pool cover in place as you attach each spring to the anchors with the installation rod. Make sure straps are adjusted where the cover is tight across the entire swimming pool kit with equal tension.

Now that your inground swimming pool is properly closed, you can have the peace of mind that your pool kit is safe during the freezing winter months! If you have questions on how to close and winterize your inground swimming pool kit feel free to give us a call now!

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