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To help you prepare for winterizing season, we take a look at just some of the products on the market designed to help you achieve all of the above.
Tara ManufacturingTara solid safety covers are now available in two new colors: grey and tan. These two popular designer colors blend well with many decking and landscape environments. Tara's solid safety covers are built using double-layer webbing across the entire cover. Every cover comes with heavy-duty stainless steel springs, the strongest available. Both D-rings and buckles are included, allowing you to choose whichever you prefer. Add your logo and information to your cover for no extra charge. taraliners.com | (256) 725-2500
Nature's Care Nature's Care is pleased to offer an environmentally friendly product that uses a concentrated enzyme formulation ideal for use during pool closings. The product naturally treats the water at pool closings to prevent difficult-to-clean waterline rings and staining that may form during the off-season. The product also helps keep liners supple and protects other vulnerable surfaces from decay. Biodegradable and non-toxic, this product is proudly made in the USA. naturescarepool.com |(800) 333-0400
LOOP-LOCLOOP-LOC introduces Aqua-Xtreme Virtually Solid Mesh, which features maximum light-blocking technology to deter algae growth and ensure a cleaner pool in spring when the cover comes off. This unique mesh features a new weave that is super-strong, but 50 percent lighter than solid safety covers. Available in popular green and new sapphire navy colors, Aqua-Xtreme drains up to 80 gallons per minute without clogging. looploc.com | (800) LOC-LOOP
GLI Pool ProductsAll GLI custom safety covers are now branded with a laser-etched, stainless-steel tag with the option of including your company's contact information. Personalize up to four lines of information, specifically tailored for your business. No more lost sales or service when homeowners move; the new owners will be able to easily find where the cover came from and when the cover was made. Plus, these tags will include the cover's born-on-date and a re-order number for GLI's design team to use as a reference for future replacements. glipoolproducts.com | (800) 448-2343
MeycoRaised spas and multi-level pools present their own unique challenges. Meyco's custom Step Cut design hugs every corner for a custom fit without any unsightly gap fillers for a clean, professional, aesthetically pleasing look when the pool is closed for the winter months, the company says. No more struggling with messy up-and-over applications. Meyco's Step Cut design fits securely in front and around each step and around multi-level hardscapes to eliminate cover wear and tear from rubbing against rough edges. Plus, the patented Polyguard barrier means no gapping, which prevents leaves and debris from sneaking in. meycocovers.com | (800) 446-3926
LonzaWhen your customers know how to care for their pool through the winter, they'll be delighted with how easy pool opening is in the spring. Unlike many kits, the GLB Pool Closing Kit has three components: Oxy-Brite non-chlorine shock oxidizer, Algimycin winter algaecide and Sequa-Sol sequestering agent. glbpool.com | (800) 445-2059
Fox Pool CorporationThe Fox Lock-In Cover System allows the cover to lock into Fox's exclusive Foxite II Coping for a neater appearance. No water bags are required, and the system ensures no deck clutter. This affordable system features 20-mil vinyl sidewalls for extra strength, 12-mil vinyl across the pool and a three-year limited warranty to keep your customer's pool protected all winter long. foxpool.com | (800) 723-1011
SimPoolTecThe Skimmer Plug offers the most simple and affordable method for servicing and winterizing aboveground and inground skimmers. The Skimmer Plug fits "like a cork in a bottle" into the existing skimmer faceplate — no tools required — to create a water tight seal without water loss and without the need to install a new faceplate. With models available to fit most every above- and inground skimmer or specialty faceplate, the Skimmer Plug has become the No. 1 method for winterizing skimmers, the company says. skimmerplug.com | (800) 630-2456
McEwen IndustriesMcEwen Super Solid is the strongest and most puncture-resistant solid cover fabric on the market, the company says. Surprisingly, this durable material makes for a lighter weight cover than traditional solid cover fabrics. This saves time and makes it easier to manage when installing or removing the cover. McEwen Industries offers Super Solid Safety Covers in green, blue and tan colors. mcewenindustries.com | (704) 365-8070
Spec Chem Direct Spec Chem Direct offers a powerful four-month algaecide — the first of its kind — for pool winterizing. This commercial-strength product prevents all types of algae blooms, acts fast and lasts longer than traditional algaecides, the company says. The no-foam formula allows swimmers to jump in the pool right after treatment without waiting. Available for immediate shipment to brick-and-mortar dealers throughout the U.S. specchem.net | (253) 277-3143
Jack's MagicJack's Magic's The Magenta Stuff protects pool surfaces against staining and scaling all winter long. This fast-acting, long-lasting sequestrate controls metals and plaster dust, making it an ideal winterizing product for established pools and newly plastered pools. With a formula 50 percent stronger than leading products, The Magenta Stuff is highly effective in all pool sanitizer systems including salt (chlorine) generator systems. jacksmagic.com | (727) 536-4500
ProTeamProTeam offers a simple, one-step product to help protect pool surfaces from staining and scaling over the winter. The new-and-improved formula features ProTeam Sub-Zero Crystals for added protection against common winterizing problems and provides added water softeners that make pool openings easier. Treats up to 15,000 gallons with a single application. proteampoolcare.com | (800) 333-0400
SmartPoolSolid or mesh, custom or standard, WaterWarden covers by SmartPool are constructed from the highest quality materials. SmartPool combines the latest in automated computerized cutting technology with old-world craftsmanship in the production of every WaterWarden cover. All covers are triple stitched with full strapping throughout the top and bottom of the cover. In addition, all covers are UV-protected, mildew-resistant and temperature-proofed to minus 40 degrees. Stock covers (136 to choose from) ship within 24 hours or less and custom covers within three business days. smartpool.com | (732) 730-9880
Ocean Blue Water ProductsDesigned by heater experts, the new heater cover from Ocean Blue Water Products is built to protect your customer's investment from the harsh elements. With a solid top and breathable, tight woven mesh sides, this heater cover keeps debris out while keeping the heater moisture free. Adjustable straps allow for a tight fit while protecting your heater from harmful UV rays and acid rain. oceanbluewaterproducts.com | (773) 626-3701
Pen FabricatorsPen Fabricators' Heavy-Duty Water Bags are ideal for weighing down and maintaining winter cover placement. The bags are offered in both 8-foot and 10-foot lengths and measure 12 inches wide; single and double spouts are available and feature a large, 1 ½ inch spout for easy filling. Water bags can also be used in the spring during vinyl liner installations on steps, sun decks and other specialty pool liner sections. Available for immediate shipment. penfab.com | (800) 359-5350
Water TechWater Tech's Pool Blaster Skimmer Vac is a hydraulic, easy-to-use manual device that effortlessly removes and pumps out debris from virtually any pool skimmer basket, protecting hands from contact with leaves, twigs, insects, rodents and other "untouchables." Ideal for use when closing pools or throughout the winter when pools are open but not in use, debris is instantly removed and sealed in a watertight compartment without the need to remove the basket itself. watertechcorp.com | (800) 298-8800
Aqua Group Aqua Group introduces the Bungee Plug, the only blow-out plug you'll ever need, the company says. When pressure is applied, the Bungee strap stretches to allow water or air to flow freely. When pressure is relieved, the bungee strap instantly retreats and seals with a unique triple O-ring seal. The technology is so reliable, it can even be used as a hydrostatic relief valve at any depth or a multi-directional return fitting. bungeeplug.com | (800) 492-9563
Merlin Industries Merlin says its standard mesh — Dura Mesh II — has the best combination of sunlight shading, abrasion resistance, tear strength and burst strength of any standard mesh cover on the market. In addition, Merlin says its patented SmartMesh safety cover changed the direction of the safety cover industry when it became the first and only mesh material to provide 100 percent shade from sunlight and offer 40-micron filtration of debris. Less sunlight and less debris mean less algae growth during the off-season and quicker, easier springtime openings. merlinindustries.com |(800) 289-1836
Anchor IndustriesAnchor introduces a super-strong solid vinyl replacement upgrade for competitors' "cross web" style or grid pattern solid vinyl and mesh covers. This 14 oz. coated vinyl wears longer than laminated vinyl, the company says, and is mildew resistant and easy to clean. No cross webbing eliminates stitching for superior strength. Spring-loaded tensioning pulls tight for a smooth look. Tension paddles tested to 3,400 pounds of tensile strength. Limited 10-year warranty. anchorinc.com | (812) 867-2421
The Cover CompanyThe Cover Company provides high-quality safety covers with heavy-duty springs with "E-Z adjust" locking pieces for quick installation. For extra durability they use Tenara thread made by Gortex in high stress points. Tough-to-fit water features, including waterfalls, walls and other obstacles are handled with ease. The Cover Company asks that builders looking for a quote should fax or email a drawing. coverlon.com | (908) 707-1122
Garrett Safety CoversGarrett Safety Covers offer unmatched performance, protection and peace of mind. Made of the highest-quality materials and featuring a triple-stitched, double-webbing system, your custom fit safety cover withstands harsh weather conditions and provides a tamper-resistant barrier to protect children, pets and wildlife from the dangers of an unsecured pool. All hardware is made in the USA of non-corrosive brass and stainless steel. Available in 14 styles and colors. garrettliners.com | (800) 222-3650
Anderson ManufacturingDelivering 670 watts of power, the Big Blue blower is strong enough to evacuate main drains and multiple return lines in seconds, the company says. The familiar "no-frills" design with an upgraded Ametek motor ensures that Big Blue will be appreciated by those familiar with early model "Mighty Vac" blowers. This blower is approved for use with Winter Duck Plugs and is an essential tool for increasingly popular "no drain" winterizations, in which the water level is kept above the return fittings. Blower fitting accepts standard 1 1/2-inch vacuum hose with a locking pin and also includes an adaptor for 1 1/2-inch pipe. leaktools.com | (800) 348-1316
AladdinAvailable in five different models, the SkimSaver Lid'L Seal fits the most popular standard and wide-mouth aboveground and inground skimmers. The Lid'L Seal allows you to drain your skimmer, not your pool, protecting metal pool walls from corrosion year round. In addition, the recessed lid design prevents shifting ice from removing the lid and causing costly freeze damage to the skimmer. The optional Skimmer Guard is available for use during the summer season as well. The SkimSaver Lid'L Seal and Lid'L Guard are available at your local distributor. aladdin1950.com | (941) 371-3732
Little GiantThe Little Giant APCP-1700 pool cover pump is designed and certified specifically to be used on pool covers. The pump's unique design gives added stability, while its weight is ideal for attracting water. A side discharge allows for optimal water removal and provides less of a risk for kinks in the hose. The built-in handle makes it easier to carry and place on the cover, and the integrated float switch automatically activates in approximately 2 inches of water. The APCP-1700 can move up to 1700 gallons per hour and comes with an adapter that fits all standard garden hoses. lg-outdoor.com | (800) 701-789
Imperial Pools DistributionImperial Pools Distribution now offers its BASOC Elements Closing Kit, premeasured for easy application. The kits are packaged to treat 15,000 or 30,000 gallons of water, and are designed for all pool types and all chlorine systems, including salt generators. Compatible with virtually any chemical brand, BASOC Elements is part of Imperial's overall chemical program, which offers chemicals, merchandising and training. imperialpools.com | (800) 444-9977
Marketing World Pool ProductsWinterizing with the Ultra Gizzmo makes it possible to blow filter lines clear without lowering the pool water level, the company says. That means you conserve water, which prolongs the life of the pool cover while protecting the environment from chemical waste. gizzmo.net | (802) 655-8941
Latham Pool ProductsLatham EZ Measure is a free mobile app for safety cover and liner measuring. Enter select pool measurements and see a real-time drawing. After selecting brand, material, color, pattern and options, upload for quoting and order processing. The EZ Measure App is available for iOS and Android devices. lathampool.com | (800) 833-3800
SeaKlearSeaKlear's Winter Pill helps pool water stay clear through the off-season.Its multi-technology formula reduces scum lines and breaks down non-living organics all winter long. SeaKlear recommends users reduce phosphate levels prior to closing, then add the WinterPill for off-season success. aqua-pill.com | (800) 753-1233
Natural ChemistryNatural Chemistry's Hassle Free Kit contains two products that set pools up for simple openings. Pool Magic + Phosfree uses naturally based enzymes to break down leftover non-living waste from pool season and help reduce off-season scum lines. The newly updated kit box also contains Metal Free to control metal staining and scale through the winter without adding problem-causing phosphates.naturalchemistry.com | (800) 753-1233
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