Homeowners who have a pool can experience many problems if the pool is not winterized and covered for the colder months. The water can ice over, you can accidentally fall in and get badly hurt and/or the cover to the pool can get badly damaged from not following the correct procedures in winterizing. Here is how you should cover your pool to take safety precautions.
First, winterize your pool. This would entail lowering the water level and add in winterizing chemicals that will last throughout the winter months. For above and in ground pools lay the cover over the entire pool area. There should be some excess material of the cover so that you can latch it down. For an inground pool there should be plenty of area around the pool itself to drill holes about a half inch deep all around the pool area to anchor the cover down. You can use a mesh or hard cover, but both of them will need to be anchored.
Above ground pools will need a cover that overlapsat least two feet along with a leaf net that will prevent leaves from falling onto your pool cover during the fall. You can thread the cable through the grommets that will hold the cover down i place and insert the cable to keep it tight and secure to prevent any winds from getting up underneath any gaps.
You can choose to use a solar blanket which will follow the same steps as any other type of cover for your pool but this is one that will be able to retain heat and limit any water or chemical evaporation.
There are safe covers to choose from including:
- mesh cover
- hard cover
- solar blanket
Avoid any type of tarp especially if it is not anchored down to the pool because it cause problems with your water icing over, causing cracked walls for both inground and above ground pools and if someone happens to fall into the pool they could get badly hurt.
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