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How to Replace a Swimming Pool Main Drain Cover

By Contributor ; Updated September 21, 2017

Newer models of swimming pool covers for your main drain focus on safety features. Whether you need to replace an older style swimming pool cover for your drain or you just want to add a main drain swimming pool cover with new safety features, you can quickly make the change.

Shop for a replacement main drain swimming pool cover. Anti-entrapment safety covers help prevent injury and death from vortex-related accidents. Universal swimming pool covers work with all types of swimming pool main drains. Any replacement swimming pool cover for drains should meet the American National Standard established by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Evaluate whether you have the skill replace the main drain swimming pool cover yourself. If you have experience working underwater, you can replace the drain cover without draining the water from the swimming pool. Also consider whether you have the supplies you need to perform the task.

Leave the water in the swimming pool. Draining the water from the pool can cause serious damage if you don't know what you are doing.

Turn off the filtration system and dive in. You may want to wear scuba gear to make it easier to follow the directions from the manufacturer of the new main drain swimming pool cover.

Hire a company to make the switch for you. If you lack the experience to make the switch yourself, you'll save time and money by hiring a professional. Most professionals guarantee their work and prevent damage to your pool from rookie mistakes.


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