Automatic Pool Covers
It may seem like an odd time of the year to bring up pool covers, but many of you will be pulling the cover off of your pool soon, so what better time to think about its condition. Many of you have pool covers made from a material akin to a tarp and held down by water tubes. A giant step up from this, we find safety covers, which attach to anchors mounted in the deck with straps and springs. Safety covers are quite dependable, come in either mesh or solid varieties, and typically last ten years with few problems. Moving up one more step, automatic pool covers provide pool owners with a solution that is safe, can easily be used year round, and that removes itself at the push of a button.
How do they work?
Automatic pool covers are usually installed on rectangular pools, although it is possible to install them on pools with irregular shapes. The cover must have somewhere to roll up and store itself, so either a below deck pit or an above deck box must be constructed. If installed at the same time as the pool is built, a pit can easily be made. Whichever way, a long rod that rotates is used to roll the cover up and this rod is attached to a very strong, low rpm motor. Along each side of the pool, a track is installed. These tracks carry a high strength rope from one end of the pool to the other. The cover attaches to this rope and when the motor is activated, the rope begins to move, thus pulling the cover along the tracks, covering or uncovering the pool.
Automatic pool covers are made out of a solid material. This means that they hold water on the surface when it rains. This water must be pumped away with a sump pump before the cover can be operated. Usually, a special pump made for pool covers is used to accomplish this task.
As always, you can contact us directly for more information about automatic pool covers or any other swimming pool products.