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How to Pick the Right Anchors for Your Safety Cover

How to Pick the Right Anchors for Your Safety Cover

When it comes to your family’s safety, you want to ensure you’ve taken every precaution to keep everyone safe, sound, and happy. That’s why safety covers are such an essential part to closing down your pool. Not only does it help to keep your pool safe from debris, dirt and leaves, but it also adds an extra layer of safety to your home. Which is essential if you have little kids or pets roaming around!

But selecting the right safety cover is only half the job when preparing your pool for close! It’s also essential that you have the right anchors and accessories for your cover as well. We’re not going to lie, there are many anchors available and it can be quite overwhelming! But that’s why we’ve highlighted and listed everything you need to know, so that you can easily purchase the necessary equipment for your cover. Are you ready? Anchors away!

Why Do I Need Anchors?

When installing your safety cover, you’ll notice that it is required for you to purchase and install some accessories as well. Whether your pool is surrounded by grass, concrete or wood, anchors are required to ensure your cover is properly set up and tightened so that it is able to protect both your investment and your family and pets.

Needless to say, without these anchors, your safety cover is quite purposeless.

Traditional Anchors

Traditional anchors are usually made out of brass and are, of course, used to anchor down the cover of your pool. Various anchors have been designed and created specifically for the different types of materials that surround every pool, such as grass, wood, or concrete.

When ordering your parts, be sure to let our sales associate know so that they can recommend the right anchor for you. This not only helps to ensure that your cover will be safely secured, but it also allows for easy and simple installation.

Lawn Tubes

Lawn tubes are only required if your pool is surrounded by a garden or a bed of grass, or if you are anchoring in parts of your safety cover into this type of material. Here, the lawn tubes act as nails that stretch out and sink into the lawn, safely securing your safety cover down.

Deck Tubes

If your pool is surrounded by a wooden or an interlock deck, then you’ll require deck tubes to keep your cover secured. Deck tubes work with specific deck anchors and are designed to keep the cover secure and in place when concrete is not available.

Short Deck Mounts

Wooden decks can sometimes pose an issue for installing anchors. Over time these decks can become warped as the wood rots, which leads to safety cover anchors becoming loose and unstable. This not only causes the safety cover to be ineffective, but also puts your family and investment at risk. In addition, wooden decks can also prevent pool owners from being able to drill 3 feet down to safely secure the anchors. These are both reasons as to why we recommend short deck mounts.

Easy to install, a deck mount is installed on top of the wooden deck and allows owners to safely drill 3 feet in (even if there is no concrete) to securely install the anchors. This keeps the anchor well attached and the safety cover effective, while also preventing the anchor from tugging and pulling on the wood of your deck, causing any damage to it.

Extended Straps

There may be times when a safety cover strap is not long enough to reach an anchor, and this is where Extended Straps come in handy. Used to help extend the strap in length from 18” to up to 88”, this accessory is especially useful if you need to extend the strap over plants or over water features, like spas, of the pool. Plus, most extended straps come with buckles, which allow for easy connection to the springs.

Short vs. Long Springs

Springs are used for safety covers as they help to give some extra strength and durability. However, over time, if the straps are tied too tightly to the spring, they can become warped and damaged. That is why it is so important to use the right size of spring, so that everything is properly secured and set up.

Short springs are usually 5” in length whereas Long springs are, of course, longer sitting at 8” in length. The size and the length of the spring required will help determine whether you need Long or Short springs to secure your cover.

Setting up your safety cover can be quite overwhelming, especially since you want to ensure you install it correctly. But once you’ve determined the type of material you’ll be setting up the cover on, as well as the necessary accessories needed to install it, you’ll be one step in the right direction. As always, our team of sales associates are waiting and eager to help answer any questions! So feel free to stop by any of our locations or give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you get your safety cover set up and secure.

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