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ARCTIC ARMOR SOLID WINTER COVERS

ABOVE-GROUND ARCTIC ARMOR BRONZE COVERS

8-Year Arctic Armor CoverBlue Wave Arctic Armor Bronze is a high-quality, entry-level above-ground cover with the strength and durability of covers costing twice as much. Rugged polyethylene scrim and coating stand up to winter’s worst punishment. And all Blue Wave Arctic Armor covers are UV-protected to last for years in direct sunlight.

Arctic Armor Bronze is navy blue with a black underside and heat-sealed seams that prevent algae growth. Its larger 4-foot overlap ensures a proper fit to keep the cover from stretching and ripping—a problem often seen with covers with only a 3-foot overlap.

Arctic Armor Bronze is held secure on the pool with a heavy-duty vinyl-coated cable and tightener, anchored by rip-proof metal grommets. This cover is backed by an 8-year warranty (1 year fully rated). Available in sizes 12′ to 36′ Round and 12′x17′ to 21′x43′ Oval.

ABOVE-GROUND ARCTIC ARMOR SILVER COVER:

12-Year Arctic Armor CoverArctic Armor Silver is a mid-priced cover with the strength and durability to ensure years of winter protection. Heavier woven polyethylene scrim and coating hold up against wind, sleet, and snow.

Arctic Armor Silver is forest green with a black underside and heat-sealed seams to prevent algae growth. All Arctic Armor coves are UV-stabilized for protection from harmful effects of the sun. A larger 4-foot overlap prevents stretching and ripping often found in covers with only a 3-foot overlap.

Arctic Armor Silver is held secure on the pool by a heavy-duty vinyl-coated cable and tightener anchored by rip-proof metal grommets. This cover is backed by a 12-year warranty (2 years fully rated). Available in sizes 12′ to 33′ Round and 12′x20′ to 21′x41′ Oval.

ABOVE-GROUND ARCTIC ARMOR GOLD COVER:

Blue Wave’s very best cover, built to last!

15-Year Arctic Armor CoverThis fall, invest in the finest-quality cover available: Arctic Armor Gold.

Arctic Armor Gold cover is made from U.V. stabilized woven polyethylene scrim that protects the cover from sun, snow, wind and ice. The highly tear- resistant material, with black underside and heat-sealed seams, prevents algae growth for clear pool water come springtime. Arctic Armor Gold has a 4-foot overlap to allow coverage over pools with wider top rails. It will not stretch and rip like covers with a shorter 3-foot overlap.

Arctic Armor Gold is held secure by a heavy-duty vinyl-coated cable and tightener, anchored to the cover by rip-proof metal grommets.

Invest in the best: Blue Wave Arctic Armor Gold, backed by a 15-year warranty (3 years fully rated). Available in sizes 12′ to 33′ Round and 12′x20′ to 21′x41′ Oval.


In-Ground Solid Arctic Armor Covers

IN-GROUND ARCTIC ARMOR BRONZE:

8-Year Arctic Armor CoverBlue Wave Arctic Armor Bronze is a high-quality, entry-level in-ground cover with the strength and durability of covers costing twice as much. Rugged polyethylene scrim and coating allow Arctic Armor Bronze to withstand winter’s worst punishment.

Arctic Armor covers are U.V. protected to last for years in direct sunlight. A black underside and heat-sealed seams work to retard algae growth for clear pool next spring. Arctic Armor Bronze cover comes with loops every four feet to secure water bags. Corner grommets allow for extra tie-down in windy areas.

Measuring 5 feet longer and wider than the pool size, this cover is backed by an 8-year warranty. Available in rectangular sizes from 12′x20′ to 30′x60′.

IN-GROUND ARCTIC ARMOR SILVER:

12-Year Arctic Armor CoverArctic Armor Silver is Blue Wave’s mid-priced cover. Silver status gives this cover all the strength and durability required to ensure years of winter protection. Heavier woven polyethylene scrim and coating readily withstand wind, sleet, and snow. The cover also is U.V. stabilized to protect it from the harmful effects of the sun.

Arctic Armor Silver has a black underside and heat-sealed seams to retard algae growth. The cover has loops positioned every four feet to secure water bags. Corner grommets allow for extra tie-down in windy areas.

Measuring 5 feet longer and wider than the pool size, Arctic Armor Silver is backed by a 12-year warranty (2 years fully rated).Available in rectangular sizes from 12′x20′ to 30′x60′.

IN-GROUND ARCTIC ARMOR GOLD:

This in-ground winter cover is built to last!

15-Year Arctic Armor CoverConstructed of our strongest and most tear resistant material, Arctic Armor Gold boasts UV-stabilized woven polyethylene scrim that protects the cover from sun, snow, wind, and ice.

The black underside and heat-sealed seam retard algae growth to ensure clear pool water in the springtime.

Our Gold cover comes with loops every four feet to secure water bags and corner grommets to allow for extra tie down in windy areas. The cover is 5 feet longer and wider than the pool size and is backed by a 15 year warranty (3 years full rated). Invest in a the best this fall with Arctic Armor Gold. Available in rectangular sizes from 12′x20′ to 30′x60′.


ARCTIC ARMOR™ MESH WINTER POOL COVERS

Above Ground Arctic Armor Mesh Cover In Ground Arctic Armor Mesh Cover

Environmentally friendly design leads to quick springtime cleanupbacked by an 8-year warranty.

Rugged Mesh Arctic Armor CoversBlue Wave Arctic Armor mesh covers feature tightly woven scrim that holds together to ensure no gaps or holes develop. The rugged mesh design allows only rain water and very fine silt to pass through, slowly filling the pool—and saving water and chemicals costs in the spring.

The rugged mesh design allows virtually no sunlight to pass through, stopping algae in its tracks. Better yet, with this lightweight mesh, simply lift the cover off in the spring. No heavy water to deal with; no time-consuming cover pumping. Simply remove the mesh and vacuum up the fine silt.

In-Ground Rugged Mesh Covers
Arctic Armor Rugged Mesh covers have a 5-foot overlap with loops every four feet to secure water bags. Corner grommets enable extra tie-down in windy areas. Available in rectangular sizes from 12′x20′ to 30′x60′.

Above-Ground Rugged Mesh Covers
Above Ground Arctic Armor rugged mesh covers have a 4-foot overlap, and include a cable and winch tightener. Available in 12′ to 33′ Round and 12′x20′ to 21′x41′ Oval sizes.


ARCTIC ARMOR™ LEAF NET COVERS

 Above Ground Leaf NetELIMINATE THE MESS CAUSED BY DECAYING LEAVES EACH SPRING!

4-year leaf net swatchInstall an Arctic Armor leaf net over your winter cover this fall and make spring opening quick and easy. The leaf net’s tight mesh traps even the smallest leaves before they reach your winter cover. Other brands of leaf nets have larger mesh that allows small leaves to pass through to your winter cover and decompose in the spring.

Simply lay leaf net on top of your winter cover when you close your pool and remove it in November before the first snow. Your cover will be virtually leaf free and spring clean-up will be a snap. Eliminates that messy swamp of decaying leaves!

Arctic Armor leaf nets are made from durable woven polyethylene and carries a 4 year warranty. If you live in an area where leaves are a problem invest in a quality Arctic Armor leaf net.

IN-GROUND LEAF NETS
In-ground leaf nets have an extra 4-foot overlap and water tube loops for a secure fit over your in-ground winter cover. Black mesh fabric. Available in rectangular sizes from 12′x20′ to 30′x60′.ABOVE-GROUND LEAF NETS
Above-ground leaf nets have an extra 3-foot overlap and include a cable and winch to hold it securely in place over your winter cover. Black mesh fabric. Available in 12′ to 33′ Round and 12′x20′ to 21′x41′ Oval sizes.

Installing Arctic Armor Winter Cover

SOLID WINTER COVER INSTALLATION

IN-GROUND SOLID COVER INSTALLATION

1. If you find that your cover is too small, do not stretch it across the pool in an attempt to make it fit. Your cover should fit your pool as shown in the diagram below.

Winter Cover Installation

2. Your cover is made to have rainwater accumulate on top of it all winter. This water will not damage your cover in any way. Do not pump off the cover during the Fall. Water on top of the cover will hold it in place and protect your cover from wind damage.

3. Your cover is sized for a maximum water drop below the deck of 18″. If you normally drop your water more than 18″ in the Fall, return your cover for a larger size. Refer to Diagram 1 for proper fit.

4. Do not use bricks or sharp blocks to weigh down your cover as they will cut and scuff the cover. We recommend using water tubes for cover installation.

5. If you tie your cover to a fence or other permanent structure, be sure to use a flexible bungie cord. This flexible cord will allow the cover to shift as snow and ice accumulates without pulling out the corner tabs or straps. Water tubes must still be used.

ABOVE-GROUND SOLID COVER INSTALLATION

1. Place cover over the entire pool and let it rest on the water.

2. Your cover is made to have rainwater accumulate on top of it all winter. This water will not damage your cover in any way. Do not pump off the cover during the Fall. Water on top of the cover will hold it in place and protect your cover from wind damage.

3. Your cover is sized for maximum water drop below the deck of about 12″. If you drop your water more than 12″, order a larger size.

4. Your cover should hug the sidewall of your pool and lay on top of the water. Stretching the cover will damage it. See image below for Correct and Incorrect installation diagrams.

5. Thread cable through the cover loops and use the ratchet to tighten it.

Above Ground Winter Cover Installation

 


MESH WINTER COVER INSTALLATION

IN-GROUND MESH COVER INSTALLATION

1. If you find that your cover is too small, do not stretch it across the pool in an attempt to make it fit. Your cover should fit your pool as shown in the diagram below.

Winter Cover Installation

2. Your cover is made to have rainwater accumulate on top of it all winter. The water will slowly drain through the mesh cover. This water will not damage your cover in any way. Do not pump off the cover during the Fall. Water on top of the cover will hold it in place and protect your cover from wind damage.

3. Your cover is sized for a maximum water drop below the deck of 18″. If you normally drop your water more than 18″ in the Fall, return your cover for a larger size. Refer to Diagram 1 for proper fit.

4. Do not use bricks or sharp blocks to weigh down your cover as they will cut and scuff the cover. We recommend using water tubes for cover installation.

5. If you tie your cover to a fence or other permanent structure, be sure to use a flexible bungie cord. This flexible cord will allow the cover to shift as snow and ice accumulates without pulling out the corner tabs or straps. Water tubes must still be used.

ABOVE-GROUND MESH COVER INSTALLATION

1. Place cover over the entire pool and let it rest on the water.

2. Your cover is made to have rainwater accumulate on top of it all winter. The water will slowly drain through the mesh cover. This water will not damage your cover in any way. Do not pump off the cover during the Fall. Water on top of the cover will hold it in place and protect your cover from wind damage.

3. Your cover is sized for maximum water drop below the deck of about 12″. If you drop your water more than 12″, order a larger size.

4. Your cover should hug the sidewall of your pool and lay on top of the water. Stretching the cover will damage it. See image below for Correct and Incorrect installation diagrams.

5. Thread cable through the cover loops and use the ratchet to tighten it.

Above Ground Winter Cover Installation


LEAF NET INSTALLATION

IN-GROUND LEAF NET INSTALLATION

1. INSTALL YOUR LEAF NET ON TOP OF YOUR WINTER COVER.

2. If you find that your leaf net is too small, do not stretch it across the pool in an attempt to make it fit. Your leaf net should fit your pool as shown in the diagram below.

Winter Cover Installation

3. Your leaf net is sized for a maximum water drop below the deck of 18″. If you normally drop your water more than 18″ in the Fall, return your leaf net for a larger size. Refer to diagram above for proper fit.

4. Do not use bricks or sharp blocks to weigh down your leaf net as they will cut and scuff the leaf net. We recommend using water tubes for leaf net installation.

5. If you tie your leaf net to a fence or other permanent structure, be sure to use a flexible bungie cord. This flexible cord will allow the leaf net to shift as snow and ice accumulates without pulling out the corner tabs or straps. Water tubes must still be used.

ABOVE-GROUND LEAF NET INSTALLATION

1. INSTALL YOUR LEAF NET ON TOP OF YOUR WINTER COVER.

2. Place leaf net over the entire pool and let it rest on the water.

3. Your leaf net is sized for maximum water drop below the deck of about 12″. If you drop your water more than 12″, order a larger size.

4. Your leaf net should hug the sidewall of your pool and lay on top of the water. Stretching the leaf net will damage it. See diagram below for correct installation technique.

5. Thread cable through the leaf net loops and use the ratchet to tighten it.

Above Ground Winter Cover Installation

Winterize Your ABOVE-GROUND / IN-GROUND Pool

Pool Winterizing 1-2-3

In climates where there is no risk of freezing, closing down the pool for winter is not so important. But in preparation for freezing temperatures, the pipes of an in-ground swimming pool must be emptied. An above-ground pool also should be closed so that ice does not drag down the pool wall, collapsing its structure.

The plumbing is sealed with air—typically with rubber plugs—to prevent cracking from freezing water. The pool should be covered to prevent leaves and other debris from falling in. The cover is attached to the pool via a stretch cord and hooks fitted into the pool surround.

The skimmer is closed off, or a floating device is placed in the skimmer to prevent it from completely freezing and cracking. Floating objects such as life rings or basketballs can be placed in the pool to prevent freezing under the cover. Drain plugs on the pool filter should be removed after the filter has been cleaned and winter chemicals added to keep the pool clean.

Browse these step-by-step guides for the complete process of winterizing a pool.

HOW TO WINTERIZE AN ABOVE-GROUND SWIMMING POOL

Step 1
Prior to closing the pool, ensure that the water is chemically balanced. Adjust chemical levels if necessary. This is a very important step because chemically balanced water protects the pool from corrosion or scale buildup that can occur when the pool is shut down. Chemical levels should read as follows:

  • pH 7.2 – 7.6
  • Alkalinity 80 – 120 parts per million
  • Calcium Hardness 175 – 250 parts per million
  • Chlorine 1 – 3 parts per million

Quick Tip:
Use Blue Wave® Winterizing Chemical Kits to get your pool winter-ready!
Comes with all the chemicals you need to winterize your pool, including FREE pool closing instructions!

Blue Wave Winterizing Chemicals

Step 2 
Remove all deck equipment (ladders, rails, etc.)

Step 3 
Brush down the sides and floor of the pool and then vacuum. This is important because if any debris or dirt is left in the pool, staining can occur.

Step 4 
Add Blue Wave winterizing chemicals by broadcasting them into the deep end of the pool to help protect water quality during the off-season.

Step 5 
Clean the filter, skimmer, and pump basket. Remove all unused chlorine product from the chlorinator. Cartridge filter elements and D.E. grids should be cleaned and stored. If a sand filter is used, it should be backwashed.

Step 6
A guard can be inserted in the skimmer and the return line plugged, or the water in the pool can be lowered below the returns—where the water jets into the pool—and the skimmer. Either method is strictly user preference and suitable for pool closing time.

Quick Tip:
NEVER COMPLETELY DRAIN A POOL! This may cause the pool to collapse.

Step 7
If a pool is plumbed with detachable, flexible hoses, these should be removed and stored in the winter. Also remove all drain plugs from the pump, filter tank, and any other pool equipment. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for specific equipment. Place all drain plugs in the pump basket for storage.

If the pool is hard plumbed, use an air compressor or Shop Vac (attached to the blower side of the vacuum) to blow water out of the system by forcing air down the skimmer and through the plumbing.

Step 8
If using an air pillow, inflate by Shop Vac. Tie the air pillow at two places and position it in the center of the pool. Tie strings to the pool wall so the pillow will not move during cover installation. Air pillows are commonly used, but not absolutely necessary. They are a good idea in colder climates in case the water freezes and expands. The water will freeze inward on the pillow instead of outward, which may damage the pool wall. Pillows are NOT used to create a dome-like effect to keep rain off of the cover. This will not work. Instead, the rain water will simply settle around the pillow.

Step 9
Place a winter cover over the pool surface, black side down. Choose from a complete selection of Blue Wave Arctic Armor winter covers found here.

  • Cover installation process, above-ground pools:
    Place the cover over the pool, then thread the cable through loops or grommets. Use the winch provided with the cover to tighten the cable.
  • Cover installation process, above-ground pools with decks:
    Place water tubes end to end around the edge of the pool. Fill the water tubes 3/4 full of water. DO NOT OVERFILL because water expands when freezing and it could burst the water tubes. Never use bricks, concrete blocks, or other objects to secure the cover since they can damage both the cover and the pool.

Step 10
Some covers may require placing a cover pump in the center of the pool cover to drain off excess water accumulation. This is very important because too much water on top of the cover can cause the cover to rip or pull the cover and water tubes into the pool. This will result in a very messy cleanup.

 


HOW TO WINTERIZE AN IN-GROUND SWIMMING POOL

Step 1
Prior to closing the pool, ensure that the water is chemically balanced. Adjust chemical levels if necessary. This is a very important step because chemically balanced water protects the pool from corrosion or scale buildup that can occur when the pool is shut down. Chemical levels should read as follows:

  • pH 7.2 – 7.6
  • Alkalinity 80 – 120 parts per million
  • Calcium Hardness 175 – 250 parts per million
  • Chlorine 1 – 3 parts per million

Quick Tip:
Use Blue Wave® Winterizing Chemical Kits to get your pool winter-ready!
Comes with all the chemicals you need to winterize your pool, including FREE pool closing instructions!

Blue Wave Winterizing Chemicals

Step 2 
Remove all deck equipment (ladders, rails, etc.)

Step 3 
Brush down the sides and floor of the pool and then vacuum. This is important because if any debris or dirt is left in the pool, staining can occur.

Step 4 
Add Blue Wave winterizing chemicals by broadcasting them into the deep end of the pool to help protect water quality during the off-season.

Step 5 
Clean the filter, skimmer, and pump basket. Remove all unused chlorine product from the chlorinator. Cartridge filter elements and D.E. grids should be cleaned and stored. If a sand filter is used, it should be backwashed.

Step 6
Lower the water in the pool below the returns—where the water jets into the pool—and the skimmer. Use an air compressor or Shop Vac attached to the blower side of the vacuum to blow water out of the system by forcing air down the skimmer and through the plumbing.

Quick Tip:
NEVER COMPLETELY DRAIN A POOL! This may cause the pool to collapse.

Step 7
Cap off return lines by using threaded plugs, or use expandable rubber plugs if the returns are not threaded. Add pool antifreeze by pouring it through the skimmer. Use one gallon of antifreeze per 10 feet of distance from the pump to the pool.

Step 8
Remove all drain plugs from the pump, filter tank, and any other pool equipment. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for specific equipment. Place all drain plugs in the pump basket for storage.

Step 9
Place a winter cover over the pool surface, black side down.
Cover installation process, in-ground pools: Place water tubes end to end around the edge of the pool. Fill water tubes 3/4 full of water. DO NOT OVERFILL since water expands when freezing and it could burst the water tubes. Never use concrete blocks, bricks, or other objects to secure the cover because they can damage both the pool cover and the pool.

Step 10
Place a cover pump in the center of the pool cover to drain off excess water accumulation. This is very important because too much water on top of the cover can cause the cover to rip or pull the cover and water tubes into the pool. This will result in a very messy cleanup.

WHY USE ARCTIC ARMOR™ WINTER POOL COVERS?

ARCTIC ARMOR FAST FACTS

Winter covers are crucial for closing a pool at the end of the season. Winter covers prevent leaves, dirt, and debris from falling into the pool during the winter, leading to far less clean up and an easier start-up in the spring. The Blue Wave® Arctic Armor™ cover line, manufactured by Blue Wave, offers a complete variety of in-ground and above-ground pool cover products to suit every pool owner’s needs. Here are four fast facts about investing in the best winter pool cover you can buy: ARCTIC ARMOR WINTER COVERS

STRONG, LONG-LASTING WOVEN STRANDS
Arctic Armor covers are woven from strong, long-lasting polyethylene tapes to hold up against to winter’s worst punishment.

NO MORE ALGAE GROWTH
The extremely tight woven fabric that makes up an Arctic Armor cover will not allow light to pass through it. And without sunlight, algae growth is stopped in its tracks!

OVERLAP LEADS TO LONGER WEAR ON ABOVE-GROUND COVERS
Blue Wave does not skimp on fabric. Each Arctic Armor above-ground cover has an extra foot of material—making it a super value! A 4-ft. overlap enables a better fit, especially on pools with extra wide top-rails. This extra fabric also takes up some of the slack during windy weather, preventing excessive wear and tear like smaller, 3-foot covers. Better still, the covers are held secure with a heavy-duty vinyl-coated cable and tightener anchored by rip-proof metal grommets.

ENJOY WELL-FASTENED SECURITY WITH ALL IN-GROUND COVERS
Blue Wave Arctic Armor covers are equipped with loops every four feet to secure water bags and corner grommets, which allow for extra tie-down in windy areas. The cover is five feet longer and wider than the pool size.

All Blue Wave Arctic Armor pool covers are super strong and built to last. Extend your hard-earned dollar. Make a solid purchase with a Blue Wave Arctic Armor pool cover that will go the distance season after season.

WHY USE ARCTIC ARMOR™ WINTER POOL COVERS?

Winter covers are an essential part of the pool winterization process since they keep a pool clear of leaves and other debris. Some winter covers of mesh design also allow rain water to pass through. Winter covers also reduce the risk of frost damage.

From a security standpoint, good-quality covers truly add up to a real convenience by preventing pets, and other small animals from falling into the pool when attempting to walk on the cover or drink the accumulated water.

Almost any pool—no matter its shape or size—can be accommodated by a pool cover, including shaping for steps and ladder entry points. All winter covers are made from UV-stabilized polyethylene fabric for strength and security, and stitched with anti-rot thread. Normally these covers feature anti-abrasion strips and PVC reinforcement affixed at potentially high-wear areas.

Quick Tip:
The scrim is the weave tightness in the underlying thread construction of the pool cover. The higher the scrim number, the better the quality of the winter pool cover. In areas that reach freezing temperatures, it is important to close a pool properly. This varies greatly between in-ground and above-ground pools. By taking steps to properly secure the pool, it lessens the likelihood that the superstructure will be damaged or compromised by freezing water.

TYPES OF ARCTIC ARMOR™ WINTER COVERS:

Solid Winter Covers:
Rugged polyethylene scrim and coating means this cover can withstand winter’s worst. Arctic Armor covers are U.V. protected so they will last for years in direct sunlight. The cover’s black underside retards algae growth and heat sealed seams means a crystal clear pool next spring. The big 4 foot overlap on Above Ground covers and 5 foot overlap on In Ground covers ensures a proper fit and helps the cover from stretching and ripping like covers with shorter overlaps. They also provide some safety for preventing unwanted pool entry, but should not be relied on for that purpose. Arctic Armor Solid Winter Covers are available for Above Ground and In Ground pools, in Bronze, Silver and Gold quality levels. They are backed by 8-Year (bronze), 12-Year (silver) or 15-Year (gold) Warranties.

Mesh Winter Covers:
Arctic Armor Rugged Mesh covers make spring clean-up a snap. The secret to this unique cover is the tightly woven scrim that holds together insuring that no gaps or holes develop. Rugged mesh allows only rain water and very fine silt to pass through. Since the cover is made of mesh that is very lightweight, simply lift it off in the spring. No heavy water to lift off or time consuming cover pumping. Simply remove rugged mesh, vacuum up the fine silt and open your pool.
Rugged mesh’s fine mesh allows rain and snow to slowly fill your pool, saving water and chemicals in the spring. Since the scrim is so tightly woven, the cover allows almost no sunlight through and ensures an algae-free pool in the spring. Arctic Armor’s rugged mesh covers are made from tough U.V. protected woven polyethylene that is strong enough to handle ice, snow, sleet and high winds. Rugged double stitched hems are triple reinforced for strength and the cover’s black underside retards algae growth. Available for Above Ground and In Ground pools, Arctic Armor Rugged Mesh is backed by an 8-Year Warranty!

Leaf Nets:
Lightweight covers made of an open weave material that fits over a winter cover or solar cover to prevent accumulation of wet, heavy, saturated leaves and twigs on top of the cover. These nets ensure faster removal of leaves, and prolong the life of a winter or solar cover. They can be used in any season, and are a big plus if a pool is located in an area surrounded by trees. The open weave design allows water to pass through the net, but will block twigs, leaves and trash. Leaf nets facilitate the removal of a pool cover every time. Arctic Armor Leaf Nets are available for Above-Ground and In-Ground pools and are backed by a 4-Year Warranty.

Safety covers:
Security pool covers are more important than ever today for establishing safe conditions and peace of mind—especially for pool owners with young children in their homes or surrounding neighborhoods. Available in rugged mesh or a solid material, these covers function as a maintenance tool as well as a safety barrier. All safety covers must meet the requirements in the ASTM standards F1346-91 (1996)—meaning the cover must be able to support the weight of a small child or animal that may walk onto the cover. A proper safety cover is securely anchored into the deck area surrounding the pool and lies flat so there are no gaps between the pool and the cover. A good safety cover will provide peace of mind if it is made from material that will not run, so that a hole will not increase in size and instead can be patched. Safety covers follow the shape of the pool with the proper number of anchors embedded around the pool to hold the cover in place.

 

MORE COVER BASICS

For an in-ground pool, a solid cover is held in place by water bags that are placed around the edge inside sleeves attached to the cover.

An above-ground pool uses the same type of solid cover, but instead it is held by a combination winch and vinyl-coated cable assembly that runs through grommets in the cover.

Inflatable air pillows rest on the water under the cover to facilitate stick and leaf removal as well as water runoff.

Many winter covers are designed to block sunlight, which prevents algae growth. Algae prevention is an ever-important part of winterizing the pool. Winter covers actually lead to clearer pool water and easier and less expensive pool start-up processes in the spring.

Remember:

  • A covered pool will see less freezing than an uncovered one.
  • The proper winter safety cover will protect children and animals from falling into the water.
  • A winter pool cover will prevent leaves, dirt, and debris from entering a pool during harsh winter weather, resulting in less messy cleanup in the spring—and less stress.

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