Most people have already closed their pool for the season and protected it with a winter or safety cover. Have you thought of the other things that need protection around your pool? Pool heaters, when not in use, should be covered to be sure that they are not damaged by snow or ice. All floats, rafts, and pool toys should be stored away in a dry environment and left out in the elements. Diving board covers provide protection from staining that can occur from debris that rests on the board. This eliminates the need to remove the board and find a dry, warm place to store it during the winter months. You may also want to consider adding a leaf net over your winter cover to make spring opening a breeze.
Now is the time to start thinking about getting a leaf net, if you don’t already have one. What is a leaf net? Leaf nets are lightweight covers made of an open weave material that fits over your winter cover or solar cover and helps you avoid accumulations of wet, heavy, saturated leaves and twigs on top of your swimming pool. Leaf nets ensure faster removal of leaves and help prolong the life of your winter or solar cover.
Leaf nets can be used in any season, but they are especially helpful in autumn when leaves are the most problematic for swimming pools. The open weave allows water to pass through the net but will block twigs and other natural debris. Leaf nets make spring pool cover removal much easier and less messy.
Now that it’s time to close the backyard swimming pool for the season, it’s also time to think ahead to next season. Doing a quick job of winterizing and cutting corners will save you time now, but when spring rolls around and you see the damp and decaying layer of dead leaves that has accumulated on your winter pool cover for months, you’ll wish you had spent a little more time preparing the pool for an easy spring clean up.
One fast and simple way to prevent that disgusting layer of slimy, decomposing leaves and debris from building up on your winter cover is to use a leaf net. A leaf net is a mesh cover that goes over your winter cover or safety cover. Set it up before the leaves begin to fall this autumn, and remove it before your first snow. The time and effort saved by collecting autumn leaves in a leaf net will go a long way in the spring when you are ready to prepare the pool for a new season of swimming.
Choosing a pool cover can be confusing. Below, you will find an explanation of the four different types of covers that pool owners’ normally consider. By comparing the explanation and benefit of each with your own person needs, you are sure to find the cover or covers that perfectly fit your situation.
Winter Pool Covers are mainly used to protect your pool from harsh winter conditions and to keep large debris out of your pool. A winter cover also block sunlight to prevent algae growth. They are normally solid and use air pillows to allow for water expansion in freezing weather and water tubes or weight bags to hold in place. They make opening your pool easier and less expensive in the Spring.
Safety Covers are used for maintenance as well as to protect children and pets from accidental drowning in a pool closed for the season. 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. They are available in mesh and solid materials. Because they are stretched tight across the pool’s surface, water does not pool on top. These covers are very important if you have children or pets.
Solar Covers, or solar blankets, are designed exclusively to help heat and retain heat in your pool. They can be used to raise your pool’s temperature by an average of 10-15 degrees. They also reduce heat and chemical evaporation by up to 70%.
Mesh covers, known as leaf nets, are made of an open weave material that fits over your winter cover or solar cover and helps you avoid accumulations of wet, heavy, saturated leaves and twigs on top of your winter cover. These nets ensure a quicker removal of leaves and helps prolong the life of your winter or solar cover. They are perfect for pool areas that are surrounded by trees. They make removal of your winter cover much easier in the spring.