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What are the benefits of a safety cover?
The benefits of a pool safety cover are numerous for anyone that owns a swimming pool. The first and foremost in the eyes of Pool Guard is the safety aspect. In order for a pool safety cover to be safe it must undergo rigid independent testing to meet certain minimum requirements in order to qualify as an ASTM safety cover. This is a coveted certification for any product in the pool safety category and every cover that has the Pool Guard name on it has this badge of quality associated with it so that you know it not only meets but exceeds the standards set forth by ASTM.
Leaves and Debris:
The fall season tends to be the time that many homeowners with pools install their pool safety covers due to the leaves falling, the temperature change and in some cases due to school being back in session (kids are not using the pool due to activities and the parents are shuffling the kids around for those activities) however we continue to see a trend where more and more people are using their covers on a more frequent basis as it tends to assist with the maintenance of the pool. Leaf stains on a pool floor are never a fun issue to deal with, even with the latest techniques ranging from chemicals to pumice stones the results often leave either an over lightening of the blue background on the pool floor or the stain is not completely removed.
Keeping Animals out:
As the weather changes from summer to fall and water becomes scarce for animals, in many areas with urban sprawl the swimming pool becomes a watering hole particularly if there is not a fence around the property. Most animals that would be using the pool do not have a long enough neck (particularly dogs) to stick their head above the water enough in order to see where the steps are and often time continue to get out of the pool in the same place with no avail and send themselves into exhaustion and the results are fatal. A pool safety cover simply eliminates the opportunity for them to see the pool as an opportunity to drink out of or risk the possibility that they will fall into the pool with tragic results. A great deal of clients in the more tropical climates that have Iguanas living wild around can attest to the mess that they leave behind and the disgusting gifts that are often left in the pool for the owner resulting in a call to the pool person for an urgent cleaning or the owner having to take time out of what would be fun time to clean and prepare the pool for use.
Can a cover be installed for a pool that has a waterfall or a grotto?
Absolutely! The measuring for this type of a cover is a little more time consuming however it can certainly be done. All anchoring cables and anchoring bolts (stainless steel cable and anchors) are included.
How is the pool safety cover anchored to the waterfall or water feature to secure the cover?
We provide a cabling system that is anchored on both sides of the waterfall and has stainless steel anchors that are anchored in the front of the waterfall or water feature and the cable is passed through these anchors. The pool safety cover itself actually clips directly to the cable system to hold it in place. The small space between the pool safety cover and waterfall is filled with a foam filler that is placed into the custom made sleeve (the sleeve had a zipper so that when storing the cover the foam portion can be removed) that is sewn into the cover.
Can I put a pool safety cover on my above ground pool that has wood decking around it?
Certainly. The anchors will need to be wood anchors and must be specified when ordering (standard concrete anchors are sent otherwise and these will not work in wood).
In the event that the pool has a small concrete border (less than the required 3 feet) can a cover still be installed for the proper fit and provide the safety needed?
Yes. In the event that the border is shorter than the three feet of border needed, you can use lawn tubes. This is a long aluminum tube that has a bullet end on it for penetrating the ground. The lawn tube is driven into the ground using a dead blow hammer or by placing a small piece of wood on top of the tube and using a standard hammer to drive the stake in the ground. Be careful not to hit the top with a hammer directly as you may damage the stake or the anchor threads (always take the screw portion out prior to setting the lawn tube to insure no damage is done to the sleeve).
What is the proper storage of the pool safety cover?
It is recommended to remove the cover and allow the cover to air dry prior to folding the pool safety cover and placing the pool safety cover in the storage bag that is provided with each cover.
How do I clean the pool safety cover?
In the event that the pool safety cover gets some dirt that does not readily wash off with the hose, you will want to brush it with a broom. No soap or cleansing materials are needed. These types of cleaning agents may deteriorate the UV (ultraviolet) inhibitors in the material and shorten the life of the product.
How do I maintain the brass anchors that in the ground?
No real maintenance is needed insofar as cleaning. An annual spray of silicone (liquid spray) will allow the deployment as well as flush setting of the anchors as well as keep small debris from clogging the anchor.
How often should I inspect my pool safety cover?
Every time you take the cover off and put it on, you should visually inspect the entire cover for any potential weaknesses.
Can a pool safety cover be repaired?
If the cover is a stock cover it will ship within 24 hours. If it a custom pool safety cover it will be built and shipped in 72 hours. The covers are sent via Fed Ex Ground. The arrival time will vary depending on your geographical location.
Why purchase a pool safety cover?
Pool Safety Covers serve multiple purposes for swimming pools. The first and most important is that when installed properly, they serve as a protective barrier to keep children, pets and visiting animals from falling in the pool. The second purpose is that it helps keep your pool clean and preserve the condition of your pool regardless of the amount of time the pool is closed for. A solid pool safety cover with a drain hatch can reduce evaporation by as much as 98% resulting in less water usage as an operating cost. For those pool owners that have a pool heater or pool heat pump and heat their pool it can significantly reduce your energy usage as the heat will stay trapped in the pool with a solid pool safety cover.
About Pool safety Covers
Pool Safety covers have been around for more than 50 years. The concept of a pool safety cover is quite simple. A mesh (think trampoline) or solid (as in water does not pass through it) material that is stretched across a pool or water feature and held in place through springs that are adjustable to set the tension of the actual cover. The springs are held to the pool safety cover via buckles and the springs are attached to the ground or hooked onto brass deck anchors.
Removing a pool cover
The process to take off the pool safety cover and put on the pool safety cover is fairly simple. When you purchase a Pool Guard pool safety cover you will receive a couple of key tools along with the installation tools. The installation bar and the elongated Allen wrench (either one) can be used to take the cover off. If you so choose to use the elongated Allen wrench you will place one foot on the spring and simply take the Allen wrench and twist the anchor down (remember to keep your foot on the spring as it will pop up and could possibly cause injury). Once, the screw is screwed all the way down the spring will be free of the spring and thus loose. The other option is to take the installation bar and place the open side facing away from the pool and twist the bar so that it catches the spring on the outside then lean the installation/removal bar towards the pool releasing the tension of the spring. This process should be repeated until one half of the pool xsafety cover springs have been released. Once, all of the springs are released then it is recommended to take the cover off and let it dry in the grass or hang it up if possible (not over a fence that may puncture it!) Let the cover dry out and once it is dry, fold the pool safety cover up and place it in the storage bag provided.
Putting you pool cover back on the swimming pool
The installation of the cover is the reverse process. Note where the safety warning is on the pool safety cover and that will be your reference point when placing the cover back on the pool. If you can place the center straps on first (length or width) then work your way out to each of the corners as this is the best formula for placing the pool safety cover back on the pool.