As hard as it is to bid the summer farewell, it's important to give swimming pools a proper send-off. A thorough pool closing means peace of mind while things are out of commission — and an even better swimming season next year. Check out this range of products from top manufacturers for protection and prevention during pool hibernation.
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. 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
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 bracketry that can be shifted for proper positioning. 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
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
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
Water Tech Corp
The Water Tech Precision 2.0 is a pool cleaning tool featuring a high-capacity debris chamber and a powerful water tech engine. This product includes a flexible vacuum head with polyurethane ball-bearings designed for gunite pools, as well as a standard vacuum head for vinyl pools. The Water Tech Precision 2.0 works independently from the pool filtration system, eliminating the need for hoses and cords. Two batteries are included, each providing up to an hour of run time.
watertechcorp.com | (800) 298-8800
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
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
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
Meyco Pool Covers
Meyco's original MeycoLite mesh covers can fit pools of all shapes and sizes. From small, backyard pools to Olympic-sized water parks, MeycoLite covers have a generous weave that eliminates the need to pump off dangerous surface water. MeycoLite allows water to drain through the cover so leaves simply dry up and blow away. Requiring minimal care over the winter, MeycoLite covers are available in five different colors — green, blue, black, mocha and gray. The company's largest MeycoLite cover required 40,000-plus feet of material, 30,000-plus feet of webbing and more than 700 straps.
meycocovers.com | (800) 446-3926
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
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
RAMUC Pool Paint
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. 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.
ramucpoolpaint.com | (800) 745-6756
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
Haviland's Winter Guard Anti-Freeze was created to provide an affordable anti-freeze solution for pool plumbing and equipment. This product was formulated to provide the same freeze-burst protection provided by glycol and glycol-alcohol based anti-freezes, the company says. Ideal for use when winterizing pools, this product can be added directly into pool water without adverse effects. Made in the U.S.
havilandpool.com | (800) 333-0400
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
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
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
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
McEwen Super Solid is a strong, puncture-resistant solid cover fabric. This durable material makes for a lighter weight cover than traditional solid cover fabrics, saving time and effort on cover installation and removal. Available in green, blue, tan and gray colors.
mcewenindustries.com | (704) 365-8070
LOOP-LOC is pleased to introduce Deck-Loc, a no-drill anchoring system for composite decks. Users can install a pool cover on composite decking without drilling a single hole, the company says. Deck-Loc anchors are secured in seconds by simply turning the clamps until they lock under the deck boards. Removing this product for storage leaves the pool deck unscarred. Deck-Loc is made from corrosion-resistant, 316 marine-grade stainless steel.
looploc.com | (800) LOC-LOOP
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.
glipoolproducts.com | (800) 448-2343
To prevent damage, it is important to winterize the mist pump and other components of the misting system, because even one freeze can damage the mist pump, bust a misting line, or break filter and mist fittings. To winterize: Turn off the water supply; unplug the pump; drain water from the filter, tubing; remove tubing from outlet fitting on the pump and store the pump indoors. Otherwise, use compressed air to blow out water from the inlet/outlet of the pump and its internal components. Next, remove the last nozzle in your mist line and blow out excess water from the mist line.
mistcooling.com | (281) 633-0109
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
Merlin's standard mesh Dura-Mesh II has the ideal 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% shade from sunlight and offers 40 micron filtration of debris.
merlinindustries.com | (800) 289-1836
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
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