Ready to think ahead to the winterizing season? These are just some products to keep in mind:
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The Cover Company
The Cover Company provides high-quality safety covers with heavy-duty springs with "E-Z adjust" locking pieces for quick installation. For extra durability they use Tenara thread made by Gortex in high stress points. Tough-to-fit water features, including waterfalls, walls and other obstacles, are handled with ease. The Cover Company asks that builders looking for a quote should fax or email a drawing.
www.coverlon.com | (908) 707-1122
The Skimmer Plug provides the most affordable and reliable method to winterize or service any vinyl aboveground or inground skimmer. There's no need to change the existing faceplate; the patented Skimmer Plug fits in the skimmer opening like a cork in a bottle, creating a watertight seal with no tools required. Multiple sizes available to fit any vinyl skimmer. Counter displays also available. Made in the U.S.A.
www.skimmerplug.com | (800) 630-2456
RicoRock, makers of cast concrete rock for use in waterfalls, stairs, deck and landscaping applications, now provides threaded inserts for eye-bolts and cables to secure safety covers to waterfalls, grottos and rocks made by the company. These inserts are custom placed at the factory, making it easy for future safety cover installation. Inserts can also be drilled into surrounding deck and coping as needed. Rico Rock designed these to ensure the best, most secure placement of eye-bolts and cables for safety covers without worrying about causing damage to rock treatment.
www.ricorock.com | (888) 717-3100
Water Warden safety pool covers, available in both mesh and solid styles, are manufactured in adherence to strict quality standards. Designed and engineered the old-fashioned way, with no shortcuts, corner cutting or material substitution, every Water Warden cover features top-of-the-line two-ply strap webbing for unparalleled strength, the company says. Available in a variety of sizes and step configurations to best meet your needs, Water Warden covers are proudly made in the USA. Solid covers are warrantied for 15 years, mesh for 20.
www.smartpool.com | (888) 560-7665
When your customers know how to care for their pool through the winter, they'll be delighted with how easy pool opening is in the spring. Unlike many kits, the GLB Pool Closing Kit has three components: Oxy-Brite non-chlorine shock oxidizer, Algimycin winter2, algaecide and Sequa-Sol sequestering agent.
www.glbpool.com | (800) 445-2059
SeaKlear's new winterizing kit contains everything your customers need for an easy pool closing in one easy-to-merchandise box. The box includes SeaKlear Free & Klear, a three-in-one product that removes phosphates, eliminates oil and controls scum; SeaKlear 90-day Algae Prevention & Remover; and SeaKlear Metal Klear to prevent metals from staining surfaces. In the spring, simply flip the box around for a Spring Start Up kit. Each kit treats up to 20,000 gallons.
www.seaklear.com | (866) 995-5327
Inter-Fab offers a winter cover to enclose its self-operable i-Lift pool lift. The cover was created to meet the growing demand for ways to protect, close and cover pool lifts at recreational aquatic facilities without having to remove the lift and store indoors. Made of tough, reinforced vinyl material, the cover is made to slip easily over the lift and snugly secure to the base with a built-in elastic cord. The i-Lift cover also protects the unit from children who are tempted to play on the lift when not in use. Available for immediate shipment.
www.inter-fab.com | (800) 737-5386
LOOP-LOC Safety Swimming Pool Covers are the only pool covers strong enough to stand up to just about anything Mother Nature has to offer. LOOP-LOC's covers are built super strong with high-quality materials and superior workmanship, the company says. Securely anchored into the deck, a LOOP-LOC safety cover puts an unbreakable "lock" on a customer's pool. The company's exclusive computer-aided design ensures a perfect fit for any shape or size of pool. Covers exceed ASTM standards and are UL-certified.
www.looploc.com | (800) 562-5667
Jack's Magic's The Magenta Stuff protects pool surfaces against staining and scaling all winter long. This fast-acting, long-lasting sequestrate controls metals and plaster dust, making it an ideal winterizing product for established pools and newly plastered pools. With a formula 50 percent stronger than leading products, The Magenta Stuff is highly effective in all pool sanitizer systems including salt (chlorine) generator systems.
www.jacksmagic.com | (800) 348-1656
Pen Fabricators' Heavy-Duty Water Bags are ideal for weighing down and maintaining winter cover placement. The bags are offered in both 8-foot and 10-foot lengths and measure 12 inches wide; single and double spouts are available and feature a large, 1 ½ inch spout for easy filling. Water bags can also be used in the spring during vinyl liner installations on steps, sun decks and other specialty pool liner sections, the company says. Available for immediate shipment.
www.penfab.com | (800) 359-5350
Bel-Aqua Pool Supply, a distributor serving the pool industry for 60 years, is pleased to offer a complete line of winter covers for swimming pools. From traditional tie down covers to safety covers, Bel-Aqua stocks the most popular sizes and has an efficient system for supplying custom made covers to its customers. Brands include LOOP-LOC, Merlin, GLI and Latham with everything from solid and mesh covers to aboveground winter covers. Bel-Aqua also offers consulting to determine the best cover for each application.
www.bel-aqua.com | (914) 235-2200
Tara safety covers protect pools from damage and extend the life of pool liners and other equipment by keeping the pool safely covered and out of the sun. Each mesh or solid cover is uniquely constructed with overlapping panels on the edges that are sandwiched between two layers of webbing to create a stronger, more durable seam. Tara safety covers also come with heavy-duty springs and custom labels at no extra charge. Mesh covers are available in green, tan and blue. Solid covers come in blue or green.
www.taramfg.com | (256) 725-2500
In May, Florida-based Aladdin Equipment Co. purchased the rights to the SkimSaver Lid'L Seal, SkimGuard and SkimmerDoor winterizing products from JEDCO Products. These items fit standard aboveground and inground skimmers and allow the user to drain the skimmer instead of the pool to prevent costly freeze damage. The recessed lid design prevents shifting ice from removing the lid, and the optional Lid'L Guard prevents floating objects from entering the skimmer during the swim season.
www.aladdin1950.com | (800) 854-2466
Merlin Magix Mobile AB lets users enter AB measurements for liners and winter safety covers and see the results while on the jobsite. The app checks cross dimensions, lets users label points as obstacles such as rocks, raised spas, steps, break lines, etc. and see the labels on the point plot. Programmed by Merlin's own IT experts, Magix Mobile AB is designed, built and maintained directly by safety cover and liner experts. Magix Mobile AB features a custom data entry keypad for quick and easy data entry.
www.merlinindustries.com | (800) 289-1836
Water Tech's Pool Blaster Skimmer Vac is a hydraulic, easy-to-use manual device that effortlessly removes and pumps out debris from virtually any pool skimmer basket without having to remove the basket itself. Perfect to use when closing pools or throughout the winter when pools are open but not in use. Everything from leaves, twigs, insects, rodents and other debris are instantly removed and sealed in a watertight compartment. There is never a need to touch, or even be exposed to the many health and environmental dangers that make their way into an otherwise clean and healthy pool.
www.watertechcorp.com | (800) 298-8800
Ocean Blue Water Products
Ocean Blue Water Products offers two versions of its electric cover pump to remove standing water from a winter cover. Cover Pump 350 (Part #195091) is a completely submersible, clog-resistant pump that removes 350 gallons of water every hour. It attaches to a vstandard garden hose and has a 25-foot-long power cord. Automatic Cover Pump 350 (Part #195093) automatically turns on when the water level rises above 3 inches and turns off when the water level is below 3 inches, preventing the pump from running dry and burning out.
www.oceanbluewaterproducts.com | (773) 626-3701
Marketing World Pool Products
Winterizing with the Ultra Gizzmo makes it possible to blow filter lines clear without lowering the pool water level, the company says. That means you conserve water, which prolongs the life of the pool cover while protecting the environment from chemical waste.
www.gizzmo.net | (802) 655-8941
G&P Tools offers the Kreepy Krauly Valve & Fitting Tool Set. This two-piece tool set easily pops out even the tightest regulator valve and is designed to drop into the spikes, giving professionals the ability to turn the fitting out. In addition, the long handle allows hands to stay above the opening, making turning easier.
www.gandptools.com | (573) 431-6998
Meyco Pool Covers
Meyco Pool Covers' Vanishing Edge covers fit snugly over any infinity edge pool, and Step Cut designs hug every corner for a tight fit without gap fillers. Meyco's in-house designers can tailor covers for the most demanding poolscapes — even multilevel pools. In addition, the company's patented polyguard custom fit means no gapping, no messy ropes or pillows, no wrinkles and no unsightly water bags.
www.meycocovers.com | (800) 446-3926
McEwen Industries is excited to offer tan Super Solid Safety Covers in 2015. Out of the four different types of cover materials the company offers, the Super Solid is the strongest and most puncture resistant. The Super Solid also weighs less than a traditional solid cover, making it easier to manage when installing or removing the cover. Available in green, blue and tan colors.
www.mcewenindustries.com | (704) 365-8070
The Winter Duck Plug from Anderson Manufacturing enables plumbing lines to be blown out without lowering the water level. The plug screws into standard 1 ½-inch threaded fittings and includes a patented "duck-bill" valve that allows large volumes of air and water to be blown out of the lines but does not allow pool water back in. A plastic safety cap can be snapped into place after lines are blown for added security. With the Winter Duck Plug, one person is sufficient to winterize plumbing lines.
www.leaktools.com | (800) 348-1316
For pool pros looking for the benefits of a solid safety cover without the weight, GLI suggests its ProMesh Safety Cover. These covers are made from a unique weave of polypropylene mesh that blocks out algae-producing UV rays while still weighing 50 percent less than standard solid covers for easier installation, removal and storage. Available in tan, gray, green and blue, all covers are guaranteed to ship in 72 hours or less.
www.glipoolproducts.com | (800) 448-2343
The Pool Pillow Pal
The Pool Pillow Pal is a device that connects the air pillow to the winter pool cover and keeps it securely centered all winter long without ropes or ties. No more struggling to center the pillow and no more guessing how much rope to use — just attach the specially designed patches and you're done.
Fox Pool Corporation
The Fox Lock-In Cover system allows the cover to lock into Fox's exclusive Foxite II Coping for a neater appearance. No water bags are required. With 20-mil vinyl sidewalls for extra strength and 12-mil vinyl across the pool, this three-year limited warranty cover will keep your customer's pool protected all winter long. In addition, the Fox system will cut heating costs, keep pools cleaner and cut down on chemical usage by reducing evaporation.
www.foxpool.com | (800) 723-1011
Protect your swimming pool in the winter with the complete CMP line of winterizing accessories for both inground and aboveground pools. The company's line of products includes winterizing tubes, assorted plugs and the easy-to-use Leaf Trap. For extra savings, don't miss out on the annual Winter Product Early Buy for CMP customers and distributors.
www.c-m-p.com | (800) 733-9060
Coverstar's Mesh & Solid Safety Covers are custom built to fit your customer's pool and manufactured from best-in-class materials. Available in a variety colors that will complement your customer's backyard. Coverstar covers are an ideal choice for keeping pools clean and safe during the winter months.
www.coverstar.com | (800) 617-7283
Spec Chem Direct
Spec Chem Direct offers a powerful new four-month algaecide — the first of its kind — for the winterizing of pools. This commercial-strength product prevents all types of algae blooms, acts fast and lasts longer than traditional algaecides, the company says. The no-foam formula allows swimmers to jump right in the pool after treatment without waiting. Available for immediate shipment to brick-and-mortar dealers throughout the U.S.
www.specchem.net | (253) 277-3143
Gladon's Winter Cover Wrap is designed to secure winter covers on aboveground pools — no water jugs or weights necessary. Made from a specially formulated blue stretch film, the wrap seals pools to block wind, dirt and UV rays, making it a great way to prolong the life of your customer's pool cover. Each roll has convenient handles for easy application, and works well in tandem with Gladon's Cover Clips.
www.gladon.com | (877)-4GLADON