It’s never fun to close a pool down at the end of the season — but a thorough job of winterizing means a hassle-free opening next summer. Browse this selection of products to keep your clients’ pools in good shape while colder weather runs its course.
Tara Pool & Outdoor Products
HD Mesh Safety Covers by Tara Liners combine the light-blocking benefits of solid covers with the lightweight convenience of mesh covers, the company says. This product weighs 7.1 ounces and features tightly woven polypropylene mesh that prevents algae-causing sunlight and filters debris. HD Mesh Covers have double-layer webbing construction and heavy-duty springs for maximum protection. Available in green, blue and tan colors.
tarapools.com | (866) 725-8272
The Cover Company
The Cover Company provides high-quality safety covers with heavy-duty springs and “E-Z adjust” locking pieces for quick installation. For extra durability, The Cover Company uses 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 company asks that builders looking for a quote fax or email a drawing.
coverlon.com | (908) 707-1122
Cover-Pools has broadened its selection of pool covers with an expanded T4 lineup, featuring the T4 Versa and T4 Spa automatic cover systems. Features include adjustable end hubs for varying cover roller tube lengths, an adaptable reel diameter and easy-to-install adjustable mounting backetry that can be shifted for proper positioing. Both T4 Versa and T4 Spa offer greater versatility with a smaller mechanism and motor footprint, enabling them to be discreetly hidden beneath 14-inch coping to accommodate the sleek lines of modern pool designs as well as stand-alone spas.
coverpools.com | (800) 447-2838
Haviland now offers its Blue 22 Winter Mix. This product uses Sub-Zero crystals that are added to protect against common winterizing problems, and it provides water softeners that make pool openings easier. Compatible with all sanitizing systems, this simple, one-step product was designed to help protect pool surfaces from staining and scaling over the winter—making it an ideal winterizing product, the company says. Additionally, the product has been improved and now treats up to 22,000 gallons with a single application. Available in a 30-pound box.
havilandpool.com | (800) 333-0400
Merlin Industries’ SmartMesh Safety Cover has an exclusive patented mesh that lets water through while providing 100% shade to reduce algae growth and provide unmatched debris filtration, the company says. SmartMesh offers high abrasion resistance, tear strength, burst strength and sunlight shading.
merlinindustries.com | (609) 807-1000
The 6RLAG-2LKIT Aluminum Water Transfer Pump Kit is a fast way to drain any pool, the company says. Typically used in high volume liquid transfer and contractor dewatering applications, this pump offers an air-cooled, 4 Stroke OHV (208cc) engine. The outer casing is aluminum, and it has a cast iron, semi-open style impeller. It can pump at a maximum rate of 150 GPM with a maximum head of 92 feet; a maximum lift of 25 feet. The kit includes a 12-foot reinforced suction hose with stainless steel strainer, 50-foot lay-flat discharge hose and attached couplings, as well as two, 2-inch aluminum adapters for use with quick connect couplers. It is EPA certified and has a two-year warranty.
redlionproducts.com | (844) 250-4981
The submersible 6EC Series are used for pumping clear water or effluent gray water with up to 1/2-inch spherical semi-solids. These pumps feature 1/3 HP PSC motors that provide lower current draw, energy efficiency, improved performance, and cooler-running for durability, the company says. This series consumes only 5.0 amps while producing 53 GPM at 5 feet of head and reaching a maximum shut-off of 28 feet. The 6EC-CIM (506802), ideal for draining pools, features a 20-foot cord and a three-year warranty.
littlegiant.com | (800) 701-7894
Anderson Manufacturing Company
The Big Blue Blower provides 140 cfm of back pressure at 0 inches and 100 cfm at 100 inches. The “infinity brush” motor comes in a compact, durable housing and includes a high-efficiency cooling system. Rated for 1,500 hours of use, the Big Blue Blower is strong enough to blow out main drains and multiple return lines in seconds, according to the company. This product can be used with Winter Duck Plugs to winterize plumbing without draining water.
leaktools.com | (800) 348-1316
Waters Choice Pool Enzyme Concentrate is an NSF tested and approved, highly concentrated, non-toxic enzyme pool water care treatment. Waters Choice Pool Enzyme Concentrate allows for no closing chemicals, eliminating the need for harsh chemicals and making winterizing pools simple and affordable. Waters Choice Pool Enzyme Concentrate is compatible with all systems, including salt generators, the company says. Choose from 16-ounce or 32-ounce, 1-gallon or 5-gallon options.
waterschoice.com | (208) 949-2800
Jack’s Magic Products
The Magenta Stuff is a multi-purpose sequestering product formulated to prevent and remove metallic stains and scale in pools. This product allows for the filtering of metallic contaminants out of the water. Its unique formulation is ideal for winterizing and start-ups, the company says. THl helps to reduce the formation of calcium crystals over the winter, a common issue when opening the pool in the spring, and aids in the control of plaster dust when starting up a pool.
jacksmagic.com | (800) 348-1656
The Ultra Gizzmo features the sealed air cushion of the original Gizzmo combined with a built-in blowout tube. The integral blowout tube provides the option to use the Ultra Gizzmo as a suction line extension to clear filter lines without lowering pool water levels. The air cushion inside the Ultra Gizzmo is designed to protect skimmers by absorbing the expansion of winter freeze-up.
gizzmo.net | (802) 655-8941
Rayner Covering Systems
Rayner offers free measuring and will install safety pool covers for a nominal charge. Rayner guarantees a perfect fit, the company says. The dealer simply bills the homeowner directly while Rayner takes all the responsibility for measurements, fabrication and fit.
raynercovering.com | (800) 648-0757
Available in five different models, the SkimSaver Lid’L Seal fits most popular standard and wide-mouth aboveground and inground skimmers. The Lid’L Seal allows draining of the skimmer, not the pool, protecting metal pool walls from corrosion year round. In addition, the recessed lid is designed to prevent shifting ice from removing the lid and causing costly freeze damage to the skimmer. The optional Skimmer Guard is available for use during the summer season as well.
aladdin1950.com | (941) 371-3732
Automatic Pool Covers
Automatic Pool Covers, Inc. now offers a wheel-less, deck-mounted automatic pool cover designed specifically to retrofit existing pools for winterizing. The AutoGuard can now be installed on the top of existing pool decks and hidden under a multi-purpose housing. The deck-mounted system includes tracks, wheel-less components, hardware, pool cover and cover housing.
automaticpoolcovers.com | (800) 878-5789
When pressure is applied to the AQUA Group blow plug, the bungee strap stretches to allow water or air to flow freely. When pressure is relieved, the bungee strap instantly retreats and seals with a unique triple O-ring seal. The technology is reliable enough that it can be used as a hydrostatic relief valve at any depth, the company says.
bungeeplug.com | (800) 492-9563
ProTeam Winter Mix offers a simple, one-step product to help protect pool surfaces from staining and scaling over the winter. The new and improved formula features ProTeam Sub-Zero Crystals for added protection against common winterizing problems and provides added water softeners that make pool openings easier. It treats up to 15,000 gallons with a single application, the company says.
proteampoolcare.com | (800) 333-0400
Frank Wall Enterprises
Frank Wall’s DuraDeck mats are the answer to jobsite access when you need to protect valuable turf from damage, especially while doing winterizing work. Place mats over mud, marsh, sand, and uneven or soft surfaces for access and traction. These high-density polyethylene plastic (HDPE) mats support up to 80 tons and provide an instant roadway, ideal for cranes dropping fiberglass pools. Protect valuable turf and stop spending time and money fixing valuable grass. This product won’t warp, rot, crack or delaminate, the company says. Ideal for busy pool pros working in backyards this winter.
frankwall.com | (800) 488-9146
JED Pool Tools
JED Pool Tools offers a lightweight pump designed to remove unwanted water from winter pool covers fast. This unit pumps away 350 gallons per hour to keep the pool safe from the elements while using a standard garden hose connection. This cover pump is heavy-duty and fully submersible, making it ideal for water that accumulates rapidly on winter covers. Equipped with a specialized pre-filter to prevent clogs caused by debris, this product was created for use on the surface of winter covers, but can also be used on spa covers and even in basements as needed. UL listed.
jedpooltools.com | (570) 344-4137
Nature’s Care Open-Close is an environmentally friendly concentrated enzyme formulation ideal for use during pool closings. This product naturally treats water to prevent waterline rings and staining that may form during the off-season. Open-Close also helps keep liners supple and protects other vulnerable surfaces from decay. Biodegradable and non-toxic, this product is compatible with all sanitizing systems and water additives. Made in the U.S.
naturescarepool.com | (800) 333-0400
SeaKlear’s Pool Opening and Winterizing Kit is an all-in-one merchandise box with products able to treat up to 20,000 gallons of pool water. The kit includes SeaKlear Free and Klear, SeaKlear 90-day Algae Prevention and Remover and SeaKlear Metal Klear. These products remove phosphates, reduce oil and control scum lines, algae and metals. The Pool Opening and Winterizing Kit box sides can be flipped to promote both opening and closing.
seaklear.com | (800) 753-1233
Natural Chemistry’s Hassle Free Kit contains two products that set pools up for simple openings. Pool Magic + Phosfree uses naturally based enzymes to break down leftover non-living waste from pool season and reduce off-season scum lines. The updated kit box also contains Metal Free to control metal staining and scale through the winter without adding problem-causing phosphates.
naturalchemistry.com | (800) 753-1233
Water Tech Corp
Cordless and hoseless, Water Tech’s Volt Leaf Vac Recharge is an essential tool for efficient and effortless pool closing. Its high-capacity, durable filter bag captures a large volume of leaves and other debris from the top and the floor of the pool and also features a cutting-edge sensor that detects if the unit is in or out of water, turning it on and off automatically. It is also rechargeable, making it convenient, cost-effective and eco-friendly.
watertechcorp.com | (800) 298-8800
RAMUC’s Clean & Prep solution is ideal for cleaning pool surfaces before closing to ensure pool walls are clean and ready for faster openings in the spring. Designed to remove oils, debris, and other contaminants that form on the pool surface during the season, Clean & Prep efficiently cleans and de-greases while simultaneously dissolving mineral deposits, the company says. This product can be used on painted surfaces, bare plaster, concrete, gunite or fiberglass. VOC compliant, odor and fume free, and biodegradable. Made in the U.S.
ramucpaint.com | (800) 745-6756
Baleco’s Winter Guard Anti-Freeze was created to provide an affordable anti-freeze solution for pool plumbing and equipment. This product is formulated specifically to provide the same freeze-burst protection provided by glycol and glycol-alcohol based anti-freezes. Ideal for use when winterizing pools, this product can be added directly into pool water without any adverse effects. Made in the U.S.
baleco.com | (877) 353-3002
Unlike traditional salt chlorine generators, the Chlorine Genie continues to produce chlorine even in cold water temperatures — making it an ideal winterizing product, especially for pools that remain open in the winter in regions of the country where winter temperatures are moderate. The Chlorine Genie produces chlorine using a patented technology that combines an electrolytic cell submerged in salty, brine-softened water, reverse osmosis, and a descaling system built right into the unit. This product is a generator and dispenser of 100% pure chlorine made from salt for pools up to 80,000 gallons of water, the company says.
chlorinegenie.com | (800) 970-7616
Simple Pool Technology
The Skimmer Plug seals off a skimmer, making it watertight. Simply push the Skimmer Plug into the faceplate of any aboveground, inground, vinyl or fiberglass pool skimmer: No tools, changing faceplates or draining water is necessary. Use with auto covers, solid safety covers and one piece fiberglass pools when water level is an issue. The Skimmer Plug is a time saver when it comes to pool closings and serves as a tool for leak detection, the company says. Models are available to fit every AG and IG skimmer.
simpooltec.com | (800) 630-2456