Last year we had a (reputable) pool builder replace the liner in our pool. The main drain was leaking at that time, so it was removed/capped and a wall suction inlet was installed in its place.
I'm surprised it hasn't happened sooner, but recently I got close enough to the suction with the filter on that it snagged the back of my bathing suit. Its not like it pulled me under, but it was definitely a surprise. This makes me wonder now, how SHOULD that suction inlet be handled? All of the safety covers I see seem to be geared towards main drains, so they are quite large (8" diameter at least). This is just a 1.5" suction inlet on a wall, not the floor.
I see the potential for a much bigger hazard than just getting my bathing suit snagged in it (especially with little kids in the pool). I plan on contacting the pool builder immediately, but figured Id ask here if there are any products I could use until he can make it out to discuss fixes.