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    Anyone have solid safety cover with mesh drain

    It's time to replace our mesh safety cover for our inground pool.

    Would appreciate any reviews about solid cover with mesh drain in the center.

    Mostly curious to know if the amount of dirt that gets into the pool is significantly less?

    Thanks
    IG vinyl liner, 16x32 Grecian, built 1998
    20,000 gallons
    Hayward Inline Chlorinator
    Hayward Sand Filter
    New liner last year

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    Re: Anyone have solid safety cover with mesh drain

    Much less than a mesh, but still some. Going all solid with an automatic pump keeps the pool the cleanest.

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    Re: Anyone have solid safety cover with mesh drain

    Lots of very fine dirt directly below the mesh panel, but nothing a good vacuum cleaning won't clear up.

    One of my cats loves it for pawing at to get a drink!
    16 x 32 17500 gallons
    Vinyl in-ground
    Hayward 250# Sand Filter
    1 HP Pump
    Hayward SWG

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    Re: Anyone have solid safety cover with mesh drain

    Quote Originally Posted by Griswald View Post
    Lots of very fine dirt directly below the mesh panel, but nothing a good vacuum cleaning won't clear up.

    One of my cats loves it for pawing at to get a drink!
    I'm guessing you also don't have as much of an algae issue compared to full mesh cover due to much less sun on the water. Has that been your experience?
    IG vinyl liner, 16x32 Grecian, built 1998
    20,000 gallons
    Hayward Inline Chlorinator
    Hayward Sand Filter
    New liner last year

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    Re: Anyone have solid safety cover with mesh drain

    I have a safety cover that is on all the time, except for when we are actually in the pool. As a family we have the process down pat to pull the cover back and to put it back on, so it is no big deal. Reason for our use of the safety cover year round is, well safety. Safety for the family, safety for the dog, safety for wild animals (got tired of finding rabbits, musk rats, gophers, etc. in the pool). We have trees all around, both conifers and deciduous. The safety cover does a great job of keeping needles, leaves, twigs, grass clippings, etc. out of the pool.

    The previous safety cover we had was a standard duty, with a standard solid weave. Water easily drained through. It lasted 10 years.

    Our current safety cover is 6 years old. It is a heavier duty than the previous. Almost no light at all passes through. Water will still drain through, but slowly. Actually had a problem towards the end of last summer where water would actually puddle in a couple of the center panels. I assume this was because very small leaf or dirt particulates clogged the tightly woven weave. Problem went away over the winter and no problem yet this year.

    I attribute the safety cover to reduced chlorine usage, because of almost no light. Also no algae problem, probably a combination of no light and always good chlorine level maintained.

    Not sure if a mesh panel is really needed.
    18' X 36' X 4.5' vinyl oval in-ground 17K gallons, 250K BTU Pentair Master Temp NG heater, 1HP Hayward Super Pump, Hayward S200 sand filter, Hayward Pool Vac, Extreme mesh safety cover, TF-100 test kit.

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    Re: Anyone have solid safety cover with mesh drain

    Thanks for the very detailed reply alben.

    If I understand correctly your cover is mesh all over but it has such a tight weave that dirt and sunlight hardly penetrate.
    IG vinyl liner, 16x32 Grecian, built 1998
    20,000 gallons
    Hayward Inline Chlorinator
    Hayward Sand Filter
    New liner last year

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    Re: Anyone have solid safety cover with mesh drain

    Yes, BerniePerry, my pool cover is a very tight wolven mesh, where dirt and sunlight hardly penetrate. Actually I was not aware that "solid" safety covers actually existed until I did an internet search a few minutes ago. Is that material like a thick, reinforced tarp? With something like that, you would definitely need a mesh panel in the middle to let the water drain through. Also with it solid like that, I wonder how well the water would actually make it to the center panel, or would water end up sitting in all the solid panels due to the panels sagging just a bit between the straps?
    18' X 36' X 4.5' vinyl oval in-ground 17K gallons, 250K BTU Pentair Master Temp NG heater, 1HP Hayward Super Pump, Hayward S200 sand filter, Hayward Pool Vac, Extreme mesh safety cover, TF-100 test kit.

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    Re: Anyone have solid safety cover with mesh drain

    The mesh drain panel works ok. You can also go without a drain panel and use an automatic cover pump to keep the cover dry.

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