Swimming pool safety cover and child swimming pool safety. Great information about pool safety rules and swimming safety tips.
You have everything ready to close your pool. Chemicals in hand. the right test kit. But what about a safety cover? Aren't all pool covers the same? Are there different choices? You bet there are. Covering your pool for the Winter is the last step, and having the right cover is of the utmost importance.
Swimming safety should be of the utmost concern for parents. A good inground or above ground pool cover or a quality solid cover will help protect both your children and pets from becoming another drowning statistic. For an added layer of protection, I would highly recommend looking into a quality swimming pool alarm. After years and years of improvements, you can get outstanding above ground or inground pool covers. Many safety pool covers either meet or exceed local and national standards. When properly secured to your swimming pool, they offer reliable service that can’t be just blown off by a good gust of wind and requires a special installation rod. These are not to be confused with a solar pool cover, which retains heat in your pool.
Mesh pool covers are a great option due to the reliability, strength, and affordability. Despite being light, they're very strong and is the "go-to" pool cover for many people. With proper care you can expect a good life out of your mesh pool cover, maybe 15 years or longer.
Mesh pool covers are designed to allow water to go through the woven material, but are still tight enough to catch loose debris such as leaves and sticks that would otherwise end up in your pool. You may have some dirt and sediment on the bottom of your pool come Spring opening, but it's a far cry from not having any pool cover.
Having a mesh cover for your pool is not a "set-it-and-forget-it" proposition. On the contrary. Steps might need to be taken in order for your pool cover to properly work. Heavy snow should be removed from your cover. It's best to use a soft bristle broom to remove an excess snow before it get too high and too heavy. By brushing your pool cover off when needed, it will prevent ripping and tearing. If you get just a little snow, a leaf blower will perfectly work.
The big advantages to a solid safety pool cover is it does not allow light to pass through, and as the name implies, it's solid. This is important because in the Spring when it's time to open your pool, there's less of a mess to clean. A solid pool cover doesn't allow things to pass through, such leaves, sticks, and water.
Maintenance on a solid swimming pool safety cover is pretty much the same as a mesh pool cover. Don't allow snow to build up. Use a soft bristle broom to remove the snow or use a leaf blower. Your choice. But there's one caveat: You might need to use a pool cover pump to remove excess water from the top of the cover. It's advisable to check your cover pump throughout the off season to be sure it’s working properly. Remember, we get what we inspect, not what we expect. So take the time to check your cover pump.
Pool cover manufacturers have done a tremendous job at making their products better and more durable. You cannot place a price on safety. If you don't purchase a swimming pool safety cover, drain your above ground pool and put it away. If you have an inground pool, please get a pool safety cover. Whatever pool safety cover you choose, make sure it meets ASTM standards. The ASTM International sets the standards for pool cover safety that can be found at this link.
Obviously you're going to choose the cover that best fits your pool's situation, so here are a few questions to ask:
Regardless of the type of swimming pool safety cover you choose, something is better than nothing.
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