Closing Your Pool
It’s that time of year again. Pool closing season is here, and depending on your regional climate, the process of winterizing your pool can vary. As such, we recommend that you always consult your local pool professional. With that said, here are some helpful tips for winterizing a vinyl liner pool.
- Clean the pool: Vacuum the floor and skim the water’s surface. Leaves and other debris can settle at the bottom of the pool during the off-season, which could potentially stain the pool floor. We recommend using alkaline base cleaning agents to clean to area above the water line, as acid base chemicals damage the liner. Do not use an abrasive cleaning aid (i.e. stiff bristled brush, steel wool, etc.)
- Watch your pH levels: Maintain a pH of 7.2-7.8 to avoid scaling, staining, or discoloring in the interior of the pool.
- Dilute and circulate: Do not add chemicals directly to the water. This can cause the chemicals to concentrate on the pool floor, staining or bleaching the vinyl liner. Instead, dilute the chemicals in a bucket and pour them into the skimmer with the circulation system running. Allow the chemicals to circulate for a full 24 hours.
- Do not drop the water level if possible: Once a pool has been filled with water, the liner begins to lose its stretching properties; therefore the pool should be kept full of water at all times. The water acts as a protector for the liner and holds the liner in its proper position, eliminating any re-stretching or drying out of the vinyl liner.
- Cover the pool: Installing a safety cover is the best way to protect both your investment and family by keeping out falling leaves and other debris, while also adhering to the safety standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Click here to learn more about McEwen safety covers.
One of the great benefits for those of you who winterize your pools with a safety cover is that it keeps your liner out of the sun and chlorine-free for perhaps six months of the year. A liner is a big investment, and you want it to last as long as it can. Properly winterizing your pool and using a safety cover can greatly extend the life of your liner.
A Safety Cover not only keeps your liner out of the sun and chlorine free, but it keeps your swimming pool free of the debris that would otherwise create a mess in an uncovered pool. Protecting your pool from debris will also save you money on costly seasonal maintenance such as re-painting and re-plastering, and eliminate the need for messy spring clean-ups.
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SAFETY COVER SELECTION CHART
When a dealer replaces any existing safety cover, they want to match as many anchors as possible. This will minimize the number of new holes they have to drill into the deck. Please check out our effortless anchor matching service at MatchMyAnchors.com.
It is, however, much more challenging to match your anchors when replacing a bungee-style cover. These non-safety covers were designed to drape down onto the pool’s water for support. For this reason, they are larger than a safety cover will be for the same pool.
This means we cannot use the bungee cover as a template to make a replacement safety cover so your dealer is are going to have to measure anyway. The question is, how do they measure to hit as many anchors as possible? The answer is different for rectangle pools than it is for custom shape pools.
For Rectangles there are two possible solutions:
1- To match most of the existing anchors we can produce a custom cover on 4’ spacing. Your dealer just provides the pool size, the distance between the anchors and the distance from the pool to the anchor line and we do the rest. The only negative is your dealer will have to measure the anchors and you will pay the price of a custom cover, which will cost you about 50% more than the same size stock cover.
2- If you would like to save the cost of a custom cover you can just order a stock cover and take your chances. The 8 corner straps are going to match anyway. Your new stock cover only needs anchors every five feet or so and the existing bungee anchors are spaced every two feet anyway. This means you have lots of existing anchors to choose from. We should be able to match at least half of the anchors on the remaining sides. Your dealer will have to drill new holes for new anchors in the remaining locations but you will enjoy a nice price savings.
For Custom Shapes the decision is a little easier:
The custom cover will cost the same whether we attempt to match the anchors or not so we might as well try. If A-B’s are being taken for the pool anyway, your dealer will A-B the anchor heads too and we will design the new safety cover to hit as many anchors as possible. We will not hit every anchor because the existing anchors were not designed on a grid where you have one anchor opposite every other anchor like you have on a safety cover. Instead, on the original bungee cover they just started at some point and sewed straps on every two feet around the perimeter. If there is an anchor in the deck opposite one on the other side, it’s just by chance, not by design. Drilling some new anchors will always be necessary.
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McEwen safety covers are built to last. We use only the finest materials, backed by our warranty, to ensure years of worry-free performance.
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In addition to protecting your family, McEwen safety covers also protect your pool. Made from tough fabrics, our covers will relieve you from time-consuming off-season cleaning. You will also save on costly seasonal maintenance such as painting and plastering as well as eliminating the need for messy spring clean ups.
This selection chart will help you decide which safety cover material is the best for you.
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Our exclusive in-ground swimming pool liner Livingston is a popular new pattern for 2015. One of this year’s decorating trends is to combine retro and contemporary influences in one fluid design. Livingston is a great example of this with its mix of an exotic motif and the more modern elliptical design in the background of the tile border. It also features a new blue water reflections floor.
Click here to see our entire 2015 in-ground liner pattern collection.
As summer winds down and pools begin to close, we recommend installing a safety cover on your pool. By winterizing your pool with a safety cover, you keep your liner out of the sun and chlorine-free for many months which can greatly extend the life of your liner.
One important tip is to make sure the water level does not drop more than 18” below the coping. The water acts as a support system if there is a heavy snow load on the cover.
Can a safety cover be designed for my vinyl-liner pool with custom features? The answer is yes – our safety covers can be designed to fit almost any pool, regardless of shape or size. We can also design the cover to accommodate custom features such as raised walls and rock formations as well as cutting around obstructions such as diving board stands or non-removable rails for slides and ladders. For pools with raised walls, we cut the cover flush with the face of the wall and have several different methods to attach the cover to the wall.
These techniques not only provide the best look but also guarantee the safety aspect of our covers. By winterizing your pool with a safety cover, you keep your liner out of the sun and chlorine-free for many months which can greatly extend the life of your liner. Click here for more information on our safety covers.