Don't Wait to Hibernate

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The final curtain call on pool season is almost upon us and with it, service techs will take their end-of-season bows. But before they tuck pools in for those harsh, winter months, it is important to have all their bases covered. While the winterizing process differs based on location, the goal is universal: protect the pool from the damage that can come with colder temperatures.

When it comes to winterizing products — from safety covers, to chemicals, to anchoring systems and more — the top industry manufacturers are here to shoulder some stress of your fall agendas.



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Tara Liners & Safety Covers
Tara Safety Covers' unique custom label service gives dealers the opportunity to brand their solid and mesh safety covers with their business logo and contact information. These colorful, eye-catching labels are stitched to the cover in the shallow end. Tara's custom labels ensure safety cover customers know who to call when they need their pool opened in the spring. Best of all — it's free. | (866) 725-8272



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Latham Pool Products
Latham EZ Measure is a free mobile app for safety cover and liner measuring. Enter select pool measurements and see a real-time drawing. After selecting brand, material, color, pattern and options, upload for quoting and order processing. The EZ Measure App is available for iOS and Android devices. | (800) 833-3800



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Natural Chemistry
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 newly updated kit box also contains Metal Free to control metal staining and scale through the winter without adding problem-causing phosphates. | (800) 753-1233



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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 Cover Company asks that builders looking for a quote fax or email a drawing. | (908) 707-1122



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LOOP-LOC is excited to introduce DECK-LOC, a no-drill anchoring system for composite decks. Now users can install a pool cover on composite decking without drilling a single hole. DECK-LOC anchors secure in seconds by simply turning the clamps until they lock under the deck boards. Removing them for storage is just as easy, leaving the pool deck pristine and unscarred — because the only hole in a customer's deck should be their pool, the company says. DECK-LOC is made from corrosion-resistant, 316 marine-grade stainless steel. | (800) LOC-LOOP



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Spec Chem Direct
Spec Chem Direct offers a powerful four-month algaecide — the first of its kind, according to the company — for pool winterizing. 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 into the pool right after treatment. Available for immediate shipment to brick-and-mortar dealers throughout the U.S. | (253) 277-3143



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Danner Manufacturing
Cover-Care Magnetic Drive Pool Cover Pumps from Danner Manufacturing make closing the backyard pool easy. They are clog resistant and available in four different pumping capacities to easily accommodate virtually any size pool cover. The Pool-Care 300GPH pump drains down to 1/8-inch of water. | (631) 234-5261



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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. | (802) 655-8941



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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 you to drain 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. | (941) 371-3732



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Red Leopard
Red Leopard offers its Flexi-Frame Deep Net product that is designed to easily clean debris from hard-to-reach areas of the pool. The unit offers an extra large net with rounded corners for easy debris removal. Its unique design bends around steps and ladders for superior debris collection — then bounces back into shape. This product conveniently fits standard telescopic poles and was created with a soft leading edge that will not damage pool surfaces. | (800) 753-1233



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Automatic Pool Covers
Automatic Pool Covers offers the exclusive APC 365 — a high-performance automatic safety cover system specifically for vinyl-lined pools. The system uses a coping and housing design that allows an automatic cover to be integrated into the pool. Designed for ease of installation by using a 48-by-48-inch encapsulated coping and wall cap corner to provide a 100% accurate fit. APC 365 System uses a slide-on polybox housing that saves installers hours of time and keeps the housing's lid perfectly flush with the deck. | (800) 878-5789



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McEwen Industries
McEwen Super Solid is the strongest and most puncture resistant solid cover fabric on the market, the company says. Surprisingly, this durable material makes for a lighter weight cover than traditional solid cover fabrics. This saves time and makes it easier to manage when installing or removing the cover. McEwen Industries offers Super Solid Safety Covers in green, blue and tan colors. | (704) 365-8070



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AQUA Group
The only blow out plug you'll ever want. When pressure is applied, 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 so reliable, it can even be used as a hydrostatic relief valve at any depth, the company says. | (800) 492-9563



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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. | (800) 333-0400



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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. The GLB Pool Closing Kit has three components: Oxy-Brite non-chlorine shock oxidizer, Algimycin winter algaecide and Sequa-Sol sequestering agent. | (800) 445-2059



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Anderson Manufacturing Company
Providing 670 air watts of blower power, the Big Blue Blower is strong enough to blow out main drains and return lines in seconds. It delivers 140 cfm of back pressure at 0 inches and 100 cfm at 100 inches. The "infinity brush" motor is rated for 1,500-plus hours of use and includes a high efficiency cooling system — all in a compact, durable design. | (800) 348-1316



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Everyone knows saving millions of gallons of water is good for the environment. Pool professionals also know that when winterizing, the less water drained from the pool, the less damage there will be to liners, fiberglass pools and winter covers. Skimmer Plugs provide all of these benefits with a quick, reliable and affordable method of winterizing above and inground skimmers. The Skimmer Plug creates a watertight seal when inserted into the skimmer's existing faceplate — no water loss, no tools, no time wasted. They are available to fit all skimmers with displays and sales materials to help you sell more Plugs. | (800) 630-2456



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GLI Pool Products
All GLI custom safety covers are now branded with a laser-etched, stainless-steel tag with the option of including your company's contact information. Personalize up to four lines, specifically tailored for your business. No more worrying about lost sales or service business when homeowners move: the new owners will be able to easily find where the cover came from. Plus, these tags will include the cover's born-on date and a reorder number for GLI's design team to use as a reference for replacements. | (800) 448-2343



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The SeaKlear WinterPill is an all-in-one formula that makes winterizing pools fast and easy, the company says. The WinterPill clarifies the pool water and helps reduce scaling and staining. It is enzyme enhanced and controls non-living organics to manage waterline ring and heighten filter performance. A patented pre-measured release delivery system effectively helps maintain clear water during the off-season. Its concentrated formula can be used with all sanitizers and pool surfaces and will not affect pool chemistry. | (800) 753-1233



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Nature's Care
Nature's Care winter closing product is an environmentally-friendly product that uses a concentrated enzyme formulation that is ideal for use during pool closings. The product naturally treats the water at pool closings to prevent difficult to clean waterline rings and staining that may form during the off-season. The product also helps keep liners supple and protects other vulnerable surfaces from decay. Biodegradable and non-toxic, this product is proudly made in the U.S. | (800) 333-0400



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Ramuc Pool Paint
Ramuc's Clean & Prep solution is the perfect product to clean pool surfaces before closing to ensure pool walls are clean and ready for faster openings in the spring. Designed to remove all oils, debris and other contaminants that form on the pool surface during the season, Clean & Prep efficiently cleans and degreases while simultaneously dissolving mineral deposits. It 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. | (800) 745-6756



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Meyco Pool Covers
Meyco's commercial pool covers can be custom designed to fit any size pool — from small apartment pools to Olympic-sized waterparks. The company's largest cover required 40,000+ feet of material, 30,000+ feet of webbing and more than 700 straps. Meyco's special design features can also separate a large cover into smaller, more manageable covers. Corporate and commercial pools can stand out with logo'd covers for the ultimate branding opportunity. | (800) 446-3926



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Water Tech Corp
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, keeping hands safe from "untouchables." Everything from leaves, twigs, insects, rodents and other debris are instantly removed and sealed in a watertight compartment without ever having to remove the basket itself. | (800) 298-8800



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Merlin Industries
Merlin's standard mesh Dura-Mesh II has the best combination of sunlight shading, abrasion resistance, tear strength and burst strength, the company says. In addition, the patented SmartMesh safety cover is the first and only mesh material to provide 100 percent shade from sunlight and offer 40 micron filtration of debris. | (800) 289-1836



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Rayner Covering Systems
Rayner offers free measuring and will install safety pool covers for a nominal charge. Rayner guarantees a perfect fit. The dealer simply bills the homeowner direct while Rayner takes all the responsibility for measurements, fabrication and fit. | (800) 648-0757



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Garrett Liners & Safety Covers
Garrett Safety Covers offer unmatched performance, protection and peace of mind — each custom-fit safety cover is made of the highest-quality materials, featuring triple-stitching and a double-webbing system. Covers are made to withstand harsh weather conditions and provide a tamper-resistant barrier to protect children, pets and wildlife from the dangers of an unsecured pool. All hardware is made in the U.S. of non-corrosive brass and stainless steel. Available in 14 styles and colors. | (800) 222-3650



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Anchor Industries
Anchor Industries is the leading mesh and solid vinyl safety cover manufacturer for irregular-shaped, custom-designed pools, the company says. Its safety pool covers protect people and pets from accidental entry into inground swimming pools. The covers also help maintain a clean-to-pristine pool for spring opening. | (800) 255-5552



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Solid or mesh, custom or standard, ProSafe covers are constructed from materials using the latest in automated computerized cutting technology combined with old-world craftsmanship. All covers are triple-stitched with full strapping throughout the top and bottom. In addition, all covers are UV-protected, mildew-resistant and temperature-proofed to minus 40 degrees, SmartPool says. Stock covers ship within 24 hours and custom covers within three business days. ProSafe covers are not sold online. All ProSafe dealers receive a $150 Visa gift card for every $2,500 they spend on ProSafe covers. Custom covers get a metal nameplate customized with your contact information attached. | (732) 730-9880



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SunGuard Winter
SunGuard products are available from Hachik Distributors. SunGuard chemicals offer four winter kits, including a mesh safety cover kit, a unique spring kit, antifreeze good to negative 50 degrees and specialty and time-release chemicals. The line of SunGuard Winter Covers includes Deluxe, Supreme and Silver Elite, which are designed to fit any aboveground or inground pool, along with five durable advanced safety covers options. | (800) 365-4224



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OxiClean Pool offers an easy-to-use pool closing and winterizing kit designed to be purchased by consumers in the fall in preparation for closing pools. The kit contains both a phosphate-free stain and scale protection product as well as a concentrated enzyme and phosphate removal technology product. These two products work especially well with mesh winter covers. Pool owners will enjoy easier and faster pool openings after using this simple pool kit at closing, the company says. Position this kit on aisle ends and counters this fall to increase your profits while keeping pool owners happy with their pool investment. | (800) 753-1233



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Little Giant
A Brand of Franklin Electric

The Little Giant APCP-1700 pool cover pump is designed and certified specifically to be used on pool covers. The pump's unique design gives added stability while its weight is ideal for attracting water. A side discharge allows for optimal water removal and provides less of a risk for kinks in your hose. The built-in handle makes it easier to carry and place on the cover, and the integrated float switch automatically activates in approximately two inches of water. The APCP-1700 can move up to 1,700 gallons per hour and comes with an adapter that fits all standard garden houses. | (800) 701-7894



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Pooltec Fall-Winter Treatment is an all-season algaecide and water clarifier that provides protection for the winter layup of swimming pools, especially mesh and uncovered pools. This one-step treatment requires little or no chlorine and is not affected by heat, sunlight or evaporation. Pooltec provides protection from fall to spring when, after the addition of a sanitizing agent, all customers need to do is dive in. | (559) 299-7660



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The Smartop cover's structural integrity is derived from its exclusive, patent-pending ribbed panel design, as well as the aluminum support channels set within the polymer panels. This gives Smartop a load capacity of up to 800 pounds to easily support winter snow and ice. In addition, the cover uses impermeable, interlocking polymer panels that shield the insulating foam from water vapor and guarantee zero water absorption, Smartop says. Available in multiple colors. Also available for swim spas. | (888) 965-6694



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Imperial Pools Distribution
Imperial Pools Distribution now offers its BASOC Elements Closing Kit in a premeasured format for easy application. The kits are packaged to treat 15,000 or 30,000 gallons of water and are designed for all pool types and chlorine systems, including salt generators. Compatible with virtually any chemical brand, BASOC Elements is part of Imperial's overall chemical program, which offers chemicals, merchandising and training. | (800) 444-9977



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Jack's Magic Products
Jack's Magic Super Pacs are a dry, natural multi-enzyme that prevent the buildup of suntan lotions, oils, grease and other organic contaminants that can lead to scum lines in pools and spas. They work exceptionally well in high chlorine levels — up to 50 ppm without loss of performance. This phosphate-free product also improves filter efficiency, reduces chemical usage and helps prevent dull hazy water. One ounce treats 20,000 gallons of pool water in two weeks. Just drop the water soluble pouch in the skimmer basket for easy application. | (800) 348-1656


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