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While it may be July with the hustle and bustle of pool season fully upon us, the winterizing season will be in full swing in a matter of months. When the time comes, service technicians, like busy bears, will be tucking pools in for hibernation mode.
Winter pool covers play a large role in the winterizing process. These off-season pool lids give homeowners peace of mind, shielding little ones, pets and even wildlife from the dangers of an open pool. They also protect against falling debris, cracks, stains and other threats pools face during those tough, colder months.
Here, we have compiled a list of winter pool covers and accessories — made from some of the top manufacturers in the industry — to help techs and customers in seasonal areas have a stress-free off season. Come spring, you'll be glad you planned ahead.
Tara Liners & Safety CoversTara Safety Covers' unique custom label service gives dealers the opportunity to brand their solid and mesh safety covers with their business logo and contact information. These colorful, eye-catching labels are stitched to the cover in the shallow end. Tara's custom labels ensure that safety cover customers know who to call when they need their pool opened in the spring. Best of all — it's free. taraliners.com/label | (866) 725-8272
The Cover CompanyThe Cover Company provides high-quality safety covers with heavy-duty springs and "E-Z adjust" locking pieces for quick installation. For extra durability, the Cover Company uses 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 fax or email a drawing. coverlon.com | (908) 707-1122
LOOP-LOCLOOP-LOC is excited to introduce DECK-LOC, a no-drill anchoring system for composite decks. Now users can install a pool cover on composite decking without drilling a single hole. DECK-LOC anchors secure in seconds by simply turning the clamps until they lock under the deck boards. Removing them for storage is just as easy, leaving the pool deck pristine and unscarred — because the only hole in a customer's deck should be their pool, the company says. DECK-LOC is made from corrosion-resistant, 316 marine-grade stainless steel and is patented under U.S. patent application 16/200,929. looploc.com | (800) LOC-LOOP
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
Meyco Pool CoversMeyco's commercial pool covers can be custom designed to fit any size pool — from small apartment pools to Olympic-sized waterparks. The company's largest cover required 40,000+ feet of material, 30,000+ feet of webbing and more than 700 straps. Meyco's special design features can also separate a large cover into smaller, more manageable covers. Corporate and commercial pools can stand out with logo'd covers for the ultimate branding opportunity. meycocovers.com | (800) 446-3926
Automatic Pool CoversAutomatic Pool Covers has now integrated SmartMotion technology into all of its new pool cover systems. SmartMotion patented technology includes forward, reverse and water-load sensing damage control by sensing when the cover is open or closed and immediately shuts off power to the motor to prevent mechanical damage due to user error. SmartMotion is integral to new pool construction and allows Automatic Pool Covers to provide a five-year warranty on ropes for its covers when purchased as a new system. Available with specific systems for vinyl liner and fiberglass pools. Made in the U.S. apc-mfg.com | (800) 878-5789
Merlin IndustriesMerlin's standard mesh Dura-Mesh II has the best combination of sunlight shading, abrasion resistance, tear strength and burst strength, the company says. In addition, the patented SmartMesh safety cover is the first and only mesh material to provide 100 percent shade from sunlight and offer 40 micron filtration of debris.merlinindustries.com | (800) 289-1836
Rayner Covering SystemsRayner offers free measuring and will install safety pool covers for a nominal charge. Rayner guarantees a perfect fit. The dealer simply bills the homeowner direct while Rayner takes all the responsibility for measurements, fabrication and fit. raynercovering.com | (800) 648-0757
Garrett Liners & Safety CoversGarrett safety covers provide a tamper-resistant barrier to help pool owners protect their children, pets and wandering wildlife. Designed to conform to stringent safety performance standards, Garrett's safety covers offer the strength and security that provide the ultimate protection and peace of mind. All safety covers are triple stitched and use a double-webbing system throughout the entire cover for added durability and strength. Offering 14 fabric types and colors, the company uses the highest quality fabric, and every safety cover is custom fit. garrettliners.com | (800) 222-3650
Anchor IndustriesAnchor Industries is the leading mesh and solid vinyl safety cover manufacturer for irregular-shaped, custom-designed pools, the company says. Its safety pool covers protect people and pets from accidental entry into inground swimming pools. The covers also help maintain a clean-to-pristine pool for spring opening. anchorinc.com | (800) 255-5552
Little Giant A Brand of Franklin ElectricThe 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 your hose. The built-in handle makes it easier to carry and place on the cover, and the integrated float switch automatically activates in approximately two inches of water. The APCP-1700 can move up to 1,700 gallons per hour and comes with an adapter that fits all standard garden houses. lg-outdoor.com | (800) 701-7894
SmartPoolSolid or mesh, custom or standard, ProSafe covers are constructed from materials using the latest in automated computerized cutting technology combined with old-world craftsmanship. All covers are triple-stitched with full strapping throughout the top and bottom. In addition, all covers are UV-protected, mildew-resistant and temperature-proofed to minus 40 degrees, SmartPool says. Stock covers ship within 24 hours and custom covers within three business days. ProSafe covers are not sold online. All ProSafe dealers receive a $150 Visa gift card for every $2,500 they spend on ProSafe covers. Custom covers get a metal nameplate customized with your contact information attached. prosafecovers.com | (732) 730-9880
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
Many of us may have had the unfortunate experience of adding soda ash "wrong" to pool water, resulting in a pool that looks like it is filled with milk. In fact, we refer to it as "milking" a pool. Why does that happen?
When we decide, for example, to raise the pH of a pool from 7.2 to 7.6, we calculate how much soda ash is required for that size pool to achieve a 0.4 pH unit increase. A solution of soda ash (sodium carbonate) has a pH of above 11, so when added to pool water the pH...
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance announced this week that a supplement to the ANSI/APSP/ICC/NPC-12 2016 Standard for the Plastering of Swimming Pools and Spas was approved by the American National Standards Institute on May 10. The new supplement impacts the way that industry professionals plaster pools and spas.
"We are excited that our PHTA Standard Writing Committee for the Plastering of Pools and Spas was able to address plastering applications in cold temperatures and further...
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The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance has awarded the 2019 Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant to the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment at the National Environmental Health Association’s 2019 Annual Education Conference & Exhibition awards ceremony in Nashville, Tenn.
Given in the memory of Dr. Robert Neil Lowry, a...