Hey from OK!
I am looking for input on pool covers. We have an infinity-edge irregularly shaped pool, live in the country, and have lots of trees. Last spring before the pool project was finished, we were amazed at how many leaves accumulated in the empty pool. Now that it is finished and contains water, we know that unless we get some sort of cover on the pool, we are in for quite a bit of work keeping leaves out all fall and winter and even into spring. We have to keep the pool running all year in order to use the spa which spills over into the pool. I've been told we would need to be able to access the pool in order to add chemicals to keep everything in check. The pool has an in-floor filtration system - was told this was the way to go and did not do as much homework as I should have from what I've been reading about them in older threads. (However, I must say we have been pleased with it - it makes two piles of dust/sand that we just vacuum up.)
We have someone coming out to measure and talk with us about custom safety covers. I'd like input on those and am trying to do my homework and make the most informed and best decision for our circumstances. My concern is that from what we have been told, 3 feet of clearance is necessary all the way around the pool in order to anchor the cover. I'm not crazy about that as walking around the pool would seem hazardous. (I have been known to trip over my own feet.) Any ideas as to whether it would be possible to put the tie-down hooks in the base of the stone outer edges of the pool that are above ground?
I've been told that the automatic covers will not work on our pool. Not sure after reading other threads and doing a little research online if that is correct. I am afraid a cover of this sort will not be sturdy enough to hold a large pile of leaves without sinking and dumping them into the pool.
The salesman at the pool supply store suggested the Polaris and Dolphin vacuum systems with bags to suck up leaves if we don't purchase a cover. While keeping the pool open might be nice even though I don't know how much it will be used, I keep flashing back to all of those leaves last year and think about how much work will be required to avoid pool chaos. This isn't a job I want to have to do all winter long and fear if we don't check skimmers for leaves multiple times a day that a whole new can of worms will be opened up. I also don't know how these things would work with the in-floor filters popping up and down.
I would be truly grateful for any and all input I can get! Many thanks in advance!