A lot of people pay special attention to maintaining their pool during the summer. While that’s a priority, it’s important to keep in mind that closing your pool requires a lot of attention as well.
What happens during the pool closing process sets the tone for the health and functionality of your pool all offseason long and will impact your ability to enjoy your pool when it’s time to open again.
Getting your pool ready for closing might seem complicated, but with a few tips, it can be simple and successful. Here’s our advice on getting your pool ready for the offseason.
Time your closing right. Most importantly, don’t close your pool too early. Time your pool closing right by waiting until the water is consistently below 65 degrees Fahrenheit before starting the closing process.
Keep the pool area clean. Before closing the pool be sure to skim all surface debris, thoroughly vacuum, and brush the liner sides and floor. If your pool is near trees, be sure to clear the cover of leaves periodically to avoid large buildups. Check the pool cover often for additional debris and water buildup after rain.
Determine the proper water level. The water level when closing your pool is essential to avoid damage to your pool. You never want the water level too low, as this will negatively affect that cover in the case of snow. Should the water level be too high, it might result in a buildup of debris. You should always refer to your LOOP-LOC care and maintenance instructions as well as check with your swimming pool professional to be sure.
Balance the chemistry of the pool. Balancing pool chemistry takes a few steps and should be started a few days before you plan on closing the pool. First, use a test kit to measure water balance, the same way you would during regular pool maintenance. Test for key indicators, like a Total Alkalinity between 80-120ppm, and a pH level between 7.4-7.6. Adjust chemicals accordingly. Additionally, be sure to shock and chlorinate your pool to kill any lingering bacteria that could grow during the winter. This should be done a few days before closing the pool if possible.
Take care of the filter and pump. Pool filters need to be removed and cleaned as part of the winterizing process. To do so, follow these steps:
- Remove drain plugs, pumps, hoses, and chlorinator if you have one. Allow the pump to drain completely before removing it.
- Place all the plugs in the drain basket for safekeeping and easy location in the spring.
- Bring the pump and hoses indoors for storage to elongate their lifespan.
Your pool filter is the most essential piece of equipment to your pool, so be sure to treat it with care even as you enter the offseason.
Install a reliable pool cover. One of the most proactive and effective things you can do when preparing to close your pool is to invest in a high-quality pool cover. This not only helps protect your pool from harsh winter weather, but it also adds another layer of safety for your family and pets. Whether you select a solid or mesh safety cover, make sure it has the following qualities:
- Blocks sunlight and debris from entering your pool
- Made of ultra-strong materials that surpass quality standards to keep your family safe
- Drains fast to avoid water buildup
- Fits perfectly to your pool
- Blends seamlessly into your backyard decor
- Backed by a warranty
Remember, a pool is an investment to improve your home and give your family something to enjoy for years to come. Properly preparing your pool for closing is an important part of protecting that investment. Be sure to follow these tips as you enter pool offseason and see what a difference they can make when it’s time to open your pool again.