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heavy algae bloom and staining,” he adds. The promise of less maintenance is an
ABOVE: Open to the elements and at risk from
“This being the case, it would take longer, attractive one, and a good selling point,
dirt and debris, the minimum needed is a
quality cover but that say builders may not be
with more vacuuming, chemicals and fresh too, as Dave Jeffrey, Managing Director at enough to save yourself from an expensive
water, to make the pool safe, appealing Dripool will testify. “With an automatic
opening up of the pool in the spring
and ready for swimming.” cover, you don’t have to do very much,” he
A whole range of companies are active in says. “Rainwater can freeze, which can be
this sector, and can also provide advice and a problem, but you don’t need to drain the
information to pool owners on this issue. pool. The cover prevents the water from TOPTIPSFROMAPOOLBUILDER
For the past few years pool covers have getting in.” Kent pool builder Ian Jessup says there’s
been one of the big successes of the trade Dripool has been making pool safety a few tricks of the trade when it comes to
– in three areas – energy savings, pool covers for 20 years, and now tailor-makes getting your pool through the winter
safety and naturally giving the pool a its designs for both indoor and outdoor without it incurring costs next year:
quality cover for the winter months. installations. Recent developments have • When you clean the pool, take the
Pool covers are a key additionfor the included an automatic cover, aimed at mid- opportunity to scrub the water line. It is
autumn, and have a number of distinct range buyers, as well as a cover that can here that oily deposits accumulate –
advantages, particularly for owners who be used over an infinity pool. “The appeal often attributable to bathers with
prefer a low maintenance approach to of a cover is simple,” continues Jeffrey. “It suntan lotion! There are proprietary
their pool. makes the pool safe, clean and it prevents liquid cleaners on the market.
“A good debris cover will help keep the water from diluting the chemicals. And • Reducing the level of water in the pool
water clean over the winter months,” when spring comes, you simply press the is not necessary if you are able to check
explains Mandy Kelsey of Summit Leisure. button to reveal nice blue water.” the level through the winter and let
“However, a safety cover can provide Starline has been the supplier of made to some water out if required.
peace of mind for the owner. Not only will measure Roldeck slatted pool covers for over • Antifreeze precautions may not be
it keep out unwanted vermin and wildlife, 25 years and suited to winter problems. necessary on less exposed situations
more importantly, it will make the area safe The system consists of very strong plastic and especially for salt water pools.
for children.” slats which rest on the water’s surface. • If the pool equipment is inside, it may
“A safety cover will seal the pool, The slats are made from hard PVC or not be necessary to drain the system.
reducing the amount of chemicals the user even polycarbonate. The end caps are • An antifreeze precaution for undrained
would normally have to add when opening finished in the same colour as the slats and systems in very cold weather is to run
and closing it,” adds David Grantham, are ultrasonically welded, guaranteeing the pump for an hour or so in the early
Sales Director at safety cover specialists, total water tightness. Starline Roldeck is hours of the morning – taking water
Aquatrac. “In addition, it will also retain available in various colours. Coloured slats from the bottom of the pool.
heat.” Aquatrac’s successful safety cover keep light out of the swimming pool • In the early spring, before opening the
was developed over 20 years ago, and the thereby preventing algae growth, pool add some more algicide or chlorine
company now has eight models and over transparent slats combined with as a top-up.
2,000 products installed around the UK. underwater lighting look spectacular. A
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