Summer is almost here and the time has come to prepare your pool fencing. We are saying this because it will keep you be safe while also letting you beat the heat. Pool fencing helps to provide a physical protective barrier between the pool’s surface and someone who may not be able to save themselves from entering the pool accidentally, like children, weak swimmers or pets.
Just like a swimming pool needs regular inspection, maintenance, and upkeep, your pool safety fence requires attention to make sure it is in good condition and ready to go.
You must understand that removable pool fencing is different from property fencing. It serves other purposes, with optimized designs supporting the respective functions. Removable pool fencing provides safety with extra space for pool-side activities when a lot of supervision is needed. However, even if your property has fencing to prevent animal trespassers and provide privacy, it may not be enough to help you prevent accidental drownings from people on your property. Therefore never leave the pool unsupervised.
If you’ve had the pool closed all winter, you are ready to return to warm summer days. However, before you open your pool, you must make sure it is ready for safe operations. While this includes providing sanitary and clean water and featuring diving boards and slides, it may also mean ensuring your safety installations are up to par.
The design of removable pool fencing makes it easy to maintain and use. Over time, however, damage may occur which needs to get addressed. Some parts may wear in time or the adjustments may help you ensure the swimming pool fence’s integrity.
Working from the ground up is the easiest way to make your fence is ready.
Poles are anchored through the holes in the deck or ground as it provides a stable base for your pool fencing. However, it would help if you inspected these holes for widening, cracks, or other signs, as they may need to be more secure for proper pole support. Also, if you don’t cover them with the deck plugs and have poles removed over the winter, you should clean out any debris that may find its way into the anchor holes.
Removable pool fencings are 5/8” or 1” tri-core aluminum poles. It means aluminum can form three triangles at the center of a pole that offers all-direction support to help keep your poles from bending.
The mesh fabric should be firmly attached and flexible to the poles. Signs of tears, ripped seams, or brittleness will need to be mended wherever possible and replaced where they should. In addition, you should look for any signs of damage, especially if you have pets with sharp teeth or claws that may leave small tears that expand over time.
If you haven’t done so already, make sure you set up the fence, and it still provides the firm unbroken barrier you previously enjoyed. Split fabric or bent poles you once missed become apparent under tension.
Gates must swing freely and open outwards from the pool. Therefore, the latch mechanism should engage when you shut the gate. If the latch uses a key lock, check for its functionality and apply a graphite lock lubricant to protect the delicate inner workings while allowing free movement.
Keeping the swimming pool fence clean is an essential part of maintenance. It would help if you did it at the start of every season and when it is required afterward. You’ll need a warm water bucket, a soft brush, and gentle dish detergent. Then, all you need to do is gently scrub the mesh on both sides with soapy water and rinse it thoroughly, and the pool fence will have a long service life while looking best.
While some light maintenance is easy to manage by the owner, you may sometimes need professional help. For example, if there is an issue with removable pool fencing which you cannot solve quickly, you should contact a pool fencing professional.
Removable pool fencing, safety covers, or safety netting can help protect yourself and your family from mishaps. You can contact Lifesaver Poolfence anytime you want to install Poolfence in Ohio.