The Benefits of Covering Your Pool For The Winter

To Cover or Not to Cover:

The Importance of Swimming Pool Safety Covers & How They Can Save Lives & Your Investment

If you are a swimming pool owner who is still trying to decide whether to cover your swimming pool for the winter months, it’s not too late. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of death in children four years old and younger. Small family pets can also fall victim to an uncovered pool. With safety being top priority and protecting your investment a close second, investing in and installing a swimming pool cover will not only give you peace of mind but can save you time and a maintenance headache in the spring. 

Fundamentally, swimming pool covers protect your pool from falling or blowing debris and can protect against pool-related accidents. Covering your pool will also protect the shell of your pool in colder weather, making it less likely to crack than it would without a cover. In climates where the sun is a factor, using a pool cover can diminish the effects of the heat fading the paint and drying up or potentially cracking the concrete. 

Whether you choose to cover your pool with a solid or mesh pool cover, they are both anchored to your pool deck and are great options for turning a once liquid surface into an impenetrable one. Following simple care & maintenance instructions, especially in regards to water levels during the winter months, will ensure your pool is protected.  

Mesh Safety Covers—Mesh safety covers are a good option for the winter months since debris will blow off the top of the cover and the tiny mesh panels will allow any rain or snow to drain right into the pool. This makes it a good choice for pet owners and homes with toddlers since precipitation will not collect on top of the cover. 

Solid Safety Covers—Solid safety covers come in different colors and have a more aesthetic appeal for some pool owners. Solid covers do allow rain to collect; however, some solid covers are now available with small drain panels to eliminate this concern. 

If you were on the fence about covering your pool this winter, we hope we’ve shed some light on the benefits of protecting your family and your investment. 

We would love to discuss a pool service strategy with you to keep your pool All Pure all year. Please feel free to call or email us or use the form to the right to connect with us and we will be in touch just as soon as time permits.

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In: Covers, Equipment, Pool Side, Safety, Uncategorized
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General Pool Safety Tips

  • Know your swimming limits and stay within them. Don’t try to keep up with a stronger skilled swimmer or encourage others to keep up with you. Keep an eye on weaker swimmers—if they appear tired, encourage them to get out of the water and rest. 
  • Watch out for the “dangerous too’s”—too tired, too cold, too much sun, too much strenuous activity. Get out of the water immediately if any of these situations occur. Stay off the main drain. The suction from the pump could trap you underwater.
  • Use common sense regarding food and beverages while swimming. 
  • Do not chew gum or eat while you swim; you could easily choke. 
  • Never drink alcohol and swim.
  • Use common sense about swimming after eating. If you have had a large meal, it is wise to let digestion get started before doing strenuous activity such as swimming.
  • Use plastic instead of glassware in the pool area.
  • Obey “No Diving” signs. A general rule is to enter feet first into water rather than head-first.
  • Never dive into an above-ground pool, they are too shallow.
  • Make sure the pool cover is completely lifted off the pool. Never walk on the pool cover.
  • Watch the weather: know local weather conditions and prepare for electrical storms. Because water conducts electricity, stop swimming as soon as you see or hear a storm.
  • Keep rescue equipment (pole, rope and personal floatation devices) by the pool.
  • Keep a phone poolside. Program the phone with emergency phone numbers and/or post emergency phone numbers in your pool area.
  • Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and basic first aid. Post CPR instructions in your pool area.
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In: Pool Side, Safety
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Dog Safety Around The Pool

Swimming Pool Rules The pool is an excellent place to spend your summers. There’s the sun, the toys and the refreshing drinks with the tiny little umbrellas. Oh, and lest we forget — the water! However, pools can also be dangerous for our dogs. Not all dogs are good swimmers and some breeds like the bulldogmay.

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In: Animals, Covers, Outdoor, Pool Season, Pools, Safety, Summer, Swimming
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Pool Fencing Ideas For Safety, Privacy, and Beauty

Two luxury outdoor chairs near an inground swimming pool with a high-end wooden pool fence in the background For most inground swimming pools, a fence is a must. In fact, in many cases, it’s literally a must, as local laws may require you to have a fence around your pool for safety reasons. However, fences.

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In: Backyards, Outdoor, Pool Fencing, Pools, Safety, Swimming
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