Drainsafe® Suction Outlet Cover Policy

1. Proper Installation.

Without proper installation the possibility for failure renders the cover useless.

2. Anti-Entrapment Covers Only.

Anything else does not protect against entrapment.

3. Large open surface area: 100 g.p.m. or Greater @ a low f.p.s.

This criteria allows water to flow through the cover at a lower velocity diminishing the possibility of hair entanglement or of clothing getting pulled into the cover. With larger domed covers it can be difficult or even impossible to create a seal which protects against Body and/or Limb Entrapment as well as Disembowelment.

4. Product must be made of a Chemical/UV resistant material such as PVC.

Certain types of plastic, resin, and amalgam tend to break down over time due to pool chemistry and UV rays from sunlight. As the structure of the cover weakens it becomes susceptable to failure such as caving in or breaking by means of minimal force. If the product has a limited life, chances are it is due to degradation of the material.

5. Resistant to Vandalism; Grip it and Rip it.

The main drain is usually the only noticeable object in the bottom of a swimming pool or spa. The first thing children and even teenagers tend to do is dive down and inspect it. The cover should be strong enough to withstand getting jumped on or kicked. Mainly, it should be of a design that does not allow someone to get a grip under the cover allowing them to gain leverage to rip the cover from the bottom. A damaged or removed cover can go unnoticed leaving the pool/spa completely unprotected against all 5 types of suction entrapment.

6. No openings larger than 3/8th square inch.

This is related to criteria #5. The coal is to not allow a good grip and also to discourage Limb Entrapment. Pertaining more specifically to fingers.

7. Mounted to a Mud Ring, Sump, or Anchored with 4 - 316 grade stainless steel screws or equivalent.

Without a secure installation the product may fail rendering the cover useless. Screws made of anything less will corrode faster and fail sooner. To mount using the four opposing points on a cover will secure the cover against leverage force keeping it from being pulled free.

8. Do not install a new cover on top of an old cover.

Should hair enter the new cover the turbulence ois compounded even further by the old cover increasin gthe chance of hair becoming entangled to both covers. The old cover will also decrease the amount of open surface area of the suction outlet overall. To retrofit a new cover by securing it to the old cover is poor design. Should the old material of the origional cover fail, so does the new cover.


All suction outlets should have Anti-Entrapment Cover Protection.

New Water Solutions, Inc., Drainsafe®, drainsafe.com nor I, Ron Schroader recommend the use of one product or device over another. Products must be implemented as per system/job specific application. It is the obligation of the installer to understand the intended use and application prior to installation of any product or device. All products must be installed as per manufacturers instructions and be job site specific to meet the criteria of each individual application.