Pool Closing: Winterizing Tips
Pool Closing Done the Right Way
When it’s time for pool closing season to begin, it’s crucial to avoid some common mistakes that many pool owners tend to make their first time around. It’s a good idea to take your time and be sure to give yourself the appropriate window to complete the task of properly closing your pool. Read on to find out more about some of the most common pool closing mistakes and what you can do to avoid them.
Tools You'll Need:
- - Pool Chemicals
- - Pool Cleaning Supplies
Take the Time to do it Right
If you are concerned with the quality of your pool water, you might think about rushing through the entire closing process, but it’s best to take your time to do the job right. If you checked the pH levels of your water during the pool season and made sure the area itself was clean, you don’t need to worry about it. If you use a strong winter cover to protect your above or in ground pool, this will protect everything from damage.
Get Your Pool Chemicals in Check
In order to fully winterize your pool, you’ll need a winter pool kit to get the job done right. You might think it’s best to just get it done and over with by simply mixing the chemicals together and pouring everything into your water at once, however, that won’t clean your pool any faster. You need to be sure everything is balanced before pouring it in the water.
Optimum pool chemical levels for closing:
- - pH: Between 7.2-7.6.
- - Alkalinity- 80-120ppm
- - Calcium Hardness- 180-220ppm
- - Complete a Thorough Pool Cleaning
Make sure your pool is cleaned thoroughly. That even means the tiniest leaves and debris you see floating at the edge of your pool. Just because it doesn’t look like a lot, that doesn’t mean that it won’t cause you problems down the line. All types of dirt must be taken out of the water and the walls and floor must be scrubbed down with a pool vacuum or automatic cleaner. That way you know everything is as it should be underneath your winter pool cover.
Drain the Pool Pump
Although draining your pump and filter might seem like a daunting task, it is still a necessary evil that must be included in any good pool closing routine. All water, including even the smallest droplets, need to be completely removed from your plumbing system. If you live in a colder climate and the temperatures in your area tend to drop below zero, you risk expansion and freezing water inside your pipes, which could break them over time. Prevention and drainage is key to avoiding replacement. Now your pool is prepared to make it through another cold winter without getting dirty or becoming damaged, and that’s definitely something to look forward to once the weather heats up. Follow these steps every year to get the most enjoyment out of your pool.