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PcPools Pool Cover Options for Maintenance and Safety September 22, 2011 03:56 PM

St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN September 22nd, 2011 Pc Pools, one of America’s leading direct marketers of above ground pools and pool supplies for residential and commercial pool owners offers several different types of pool covers for maintenance and safety. Winter pool covers can prevent debris from entering a pool, while safety covers are strong enough to keep a serious accident from occurring. Those are the two most common ways to cover one’s swimming pool. Conversely, solar covers provide pool owners with a way to inexpensively heat their pool.

Winter pool covers are very helpful to pool owners who are looking to close down their pool. Keeping debris out of the pool during the non-swimming seasons is highly important in having a smooth, easy pool opening in the spring. Leaves, dirt, and sticks are just some of the many sorts of debris that must be kept out. Winter pool covers can reduce algae buildup by preventing the bacteria that precipitation carries from entering the pool. A thick winter pool cover can also keep squirrels and other small animals from becoming trapped in the pool. Such covers also relieve pumps and filters of pressure caused by debris-related clogs. Winter covers can be installed once in a season, or once a week due to the durability of the material. It should be noted that even the strongest of winter covers should not be walked on, as the tarp could tear.

During the summer months, solar pool covers help to attract sunlight to heat the pool as well as insulate the pool after nightfall. Solar pool covers provide pool owners with an inexpensive way to increase and maintain heat that is significantly more cost-effective than a propane-fueled heater. By placing the solar pool cover on the water’s surface, pool owners can enjoy a ten-to-fifteen degree increase in pool water temperature. Additionally, insulating solar pool covers reduce water evaporation which saves pool owners money on chemicals such as chlorine. Studies suggest that an uncovered pool will lose 30% of its heat, chemicals, and water throughout the course of a day, which illustrates just how important solar covers are. Owners of either in ground or above ground pools can use solar pool covers to maximize their pool’s temperature and reduce pool maintenance costs.

Safety covers are the strongest form of pool cover in the industry. These heavy duty pool covers are mounted to the ground by bronze anchors and spring-loaded grommets, which when combined with the heavy mesh or solid fabric, typically allow for a four-thousand pound weight capacity. A safety pool cover allows pool owners to entirely shut down their swimming pool. This saves the pool owner money on operating costs by reducing the pool’s need for extra heating equipment, water treatment chemicals, and other maintenance costs. Solid fabric safety covers significantly reduce algae growth by blocking both bacteria-carrying precipitation and algae-supporting sunlight. Those attributes prevent mildew, pool discoloration, and wall decay. Most importantly, safety pool covers can save lives. They are the only form of cover that if fallen on, will support the individual until they are able to get to their feet without the possibility of drowning. In a way, safety pool covers act as a "horizontal fence" that keeps anything from entering the pool, no matter the size.

For those that are searching for the best covers that the industry has to offer, automatic safety covers are intended for consumers willing to pay a little more to maximize safety and minimize maintenance. Automatic safety covers allow users to cover and uncover their in ground pools with the push of a button. Normally a standard safety pool cover requires two adults to install and remove a safety pool cover, but automatic safety pool covers allow even a senior citizen to cover their pool in a matter of seconds. 

Pool safety nets are designed to provide a barrier that keeps toddlers, infants, or pets from accidentally falling into the pool. Although the safety pool nets will not keep debris, dirt, or small leaves from entering the pool, larger items such as tree branches are typically caught. Because of this, safety pool nets not only help to protect people from falling in, but they can also be effective in protecting a pool liner from large falling debris. Such safety nets are anchored to the sides of the pool and need two adults to properly install them. Unlike safety pool covers, a safety net offers a more cost-effective way to help protect your loved ones from accidents. No matter what type of cover a pool owner chooses, safety should be the top priority.

Sales/Marketing Director Ted Robinson had this to say about Pc Pools’ wide variety of pool cover options, "While we always strive to maintain a premier selection of pool covers, it is important to educate our prospective customer base on the differences between the covers that Pc Pools carries. Choosing the right pool cover for the right situation is part of keeping a swimming pool clean, comfortable, and most importantly, safe."

About Pc Pools

Pc Pools is one of America’s leading multi-channel direct marketers of swimming pool supplies and equipment to the residential and commercial swimming pool markets in the United States.  Founded in 2000 by a leading executive in the pool supplies industry, it has since been dedicated to providing residential and commercial pool owners with high quality swimming pool supplies and equipment at warehouse direct prices.  Pc Pools product line includes above ground pools, automatic pool cleaners, pool liners, pool heaters, pool chemicals, pool covers and accessories, all of which are sold through catalog and internet channels.  Pc Pools’ strong relationship with leading pool supplies manufacturers and distributors creates a truly unique product offering of quality and value for its customers.

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Ted Robinson

Marketing Director

Pc Pools