Winter Mesh Safety Covers
The number one reason pool owners invest in safety covers is to provide safety and prevent accidental intrusion by children, pets, or other animals. According to the CDC, nearly 60% of all drowning deaths for children under 15, occurred at a private in-ground pool.
A common problem that we hear when talking with our clients is that they have algae growth when they open the pool for the first time during the spring. Solid safety covers help eliminate algae growth over winter, but can be extremely expensive and cumbersome. The alternative to a solid safety cover is a mesh cover. While mesh covers do allow some sun light into the pool, which can lead to algae grow over the off-season, different models can block as much as 99 % of the sun’s ultra violet rays.
Today we are going to take a look at some of the advantages, disadvantages, and maintenance requirements for one of the most popular safety covers, winter mesh safety covers.
- Mesh material is a lot lighter and easier to handle.
- Rain water and melting snow passes through the mesh material into the pool.
- Leaves and debris are collected on top and makes for an easier spring clean up.
- The cost of a mesh safety cover is less expensive than a solid safety cover.
- Allows sunlight to penetrate through which contributes to algae growth.
- Fine particles such as silt can make its way through the cover.
Mesh Safety Cover Maintenance
If you live somewhere snowy, you must remove snow from your pool cover. It’s best to push it off with a broom before it piles up. Snow can become very heavy, especially when the bottom layer freezes. Regularly brushing off your safety cover will prevent ripping, tearing, and destruction of your anchors from constant stress.
If you don’t get much snow, you can blow dry debris off the top of your mesh cover with a leaf blower.
When you reopen your pool, be sure to remove, clean, and store your mesh safety cover properly so it’ll last.