The important thing to make sure that a pool cover is able to hold that much weight is that it should float on the water and evenly distribute any weight that is put on it. Saying that, it is NOT ADVISABLE to stand or walk on the pool cover, however durable it is, except in cases of emergency.
The standard that the pool cover industry references is from ASTM, a company known and referenced widely for safety standards for many industries. The ASTM standard for pool covers requires the ability to hold at least 435 pounds.
If a pool cover is durable and is installed properly, it can hold a considerable weight and therefore it is enough to be walked on, if necessary. Fortunately, you can always refer to the ASTM standards that will help guide you in purchasing a quality automatic pool cover.
A child or pet that falls into a slack pool cover is in danger. These covers make the pool area very difficult to climb out of. Their weight may also pull the cover entirely into the water where they could drown.
The biggest benefit of using a winter safety cover is, yep you guessed it, safety! Kids, dogs and deer can walk across this cover without falling into the water.
If your dog falls through a pool cover, they can become trapped and disoriented and potentially drawn. Fortunately, you can prevent such a tragic event from ever happening by training your dog to avoid the pool cover and using preventative safety measures to keep them safe.
California law approves only certified safety covers. They must completely cover the pool or spa so children cannot fall into the water. All doors opening into pool or spa areas should close and latch automatically. Latch releases should be child-resistant or out of the reach of children.
The best way to keep your winter cover on your pool is simply to maintain 2 inches of water on top of it and keep it free of leaves and other debris and monitor the water level inside the pool regularly.
For safety reasons; if someone should end up under the pool cover, air will come in through the holes. These small holes prevent a large pool of water from getting on the pool cover.
Safety covers and Auto covers and Net covers are all very safe – when they are on the pool. Problem is – you have to diligently remember to replace the cover (completely) after using the pool. Even in the dark, or the rain, or when the kids are already in bed and you have other things to do.
Pool fences are ideal because they are very secure, and they are easy to open and close. Pool covers take time to secure and un-secure, so they can be quite inconvenient. This often leads to accidents, because people don't want to take the time to secure the pool cover.
Besides offering energy savings, pool covers also do the following: Conserve water by reducing the amount of make-up water needed by 30%–50% Reduce the pool's chemical consumption by 35%–60% Reduce cleaning time by keeping dirt and other debris out of the pool.
When preparing your pool for a storm, leave it uncovered. Installing any kind of cover across the pool will not do much to protect against dust and contaminants because storms often bring strong winds and heavy rain that can cause the cover to lift off your pool.
Heavy snow can stretch and damage the cover, but you generally don't have to be concerned until there's two feet of snow or more on your cover. That said, more inexpensive plastic covers damage more quickly and more easily than expensive mesh or solid safety covers.
If you touch the fabric and feel it to be brittle and stiff, it is probably time to replace it. Still pool fabric is more susceptible to the wear and tear mentioned above. Often, pool covers contain sewn threads that will become frayed, cut, or will even disintegrate over time. This can lead to holes and cover failure.
If you have an above-ground pool with a vinyl pool liner, drain the pool to about 1 inch below the bottom of the skimmer mouth. It's acceptable to drain the pool a few more inches below that if you live in an area that gets heavy precipitation during the winter months.
The cover is designed to touch the surface of the water. So your pool should always be filled when covered, and the water level should never go below 18 inches from the top of the pool. Check the water level of the pool and fill it up if it goes below 18 inches.
We recommend wrought iron to enclose pool areas, as its natural durability helps prevent it from being breached. In addition, wrought iron fences and gates have an elegant appearance that complements the style of any property.
Safety covers are permeable which allows water and light to pass through the material. This feature saves you money on water bills; the snow melts into the pool in the spring which allows you to spend little or no money refilling it when you open the pool. Plus, you'll save on the time it takes to refill the pool.
Dogs that inhale too much water will die immediately from drowning. When smaller amounts of water are inhaled this doesn't immediately result in death; however respiratory difficulties often develop as much as 24 hours later. Veterinarians define this condition as near drowning or submersion syndrome.
Every year, many dogs drown or suffer from “near drowning” (a.k.a. “dry drowning”) events when they get water in their lungs while swimming and then suffer inflammation, infection, and other problems because of it a few to several days later. And it's not just novice swimmers or those in rough oceans and lakes.