Close Your Pool Without Any Problems This Fall
That time of year is upon us when swimming in the pool is becoming more of an afterthought. The weather is changing, the holidays are soon approaching, and it’s time to think about closing your pool for the season. Did you know that properly closing your pool for the season is a crucial step in pool maintenance? Closing it correctly not only keeps it safe and protected throughout the winter but also helps create a seamless opening come spring.
Whether it’s an inground pool you’re looking to close or an above ground pool you wish to winterize, read on to find out how to keep your pool protected this coming winter.
Test Your Pool Water
The first step is to test your pool water using an at-home testing kit or test strips. Then balance the water level based on the results. By doing this, your pool remains protected from any sort of surface damage caused during the off-season. Factors such as pH, total alkalinity, and hardness need to be balanced out. The pH needs to be between 7.2 and 7.6, the total alkalinity between 80 to 150 ppm, and the total hardness between 175 to 275 ppm.
Cleaning the Pool & Filter
The next step is cleaning the pool and the filter. Use a pool skimmer to clean the pool and get rid of any floating debris. After this, thoroughly brush the waterline tile and walls, and then run a vacuum on the floor of the pool and empty the skimmer baskets. Be sure to then properly clean and backwash the filter. Using a filter cleaner will help chemically clean the filter media, ensuring it has a deep clean.
Once the pool is properly cleaned, it’s time to chemically treat the pool water with shock and an algaecide. Following the dosing guidelines provided by the manufacturer, shock the pool in order to get rid of the contaminants and increase the residue of chlorine. Make sure to use a pool shock that’s of prime quality so that the water’s pH or the hardness of the level of calcium does not increase and the area remains protected during the off-season. Give it a minimum of 24 hours for the water to be circulated in order for the product to spread throughout the pool.
To keep your pool safe from the growth of algae during the off-season, add some algaecide as per the instructions given on the label with regard to pool closing. Be sure to pick a product that does not stain the surface. Again, keep the pump running for 24 hours so that the product is thoroughly circulated in the pool water.
As the treatments are completed, switch off all the pool equipment. You can also partially drain your pool to reduce the water level. Remove the drain plugs, the pool pump, the hoses, and the chlorinator. Store all the equipment inside during the winter season.
Finally, there’s an eyeball fitting on your return line which will have to be removed, and then plug in with a rubber plug and wing nut. Proceed to drain the pool about six inches below the skimmer and put on a skimmer cover. Inflate the air pillow and place it at the center of the pool. Lastly, put on the pull cover and keep it tight and secure using winter cover clips.
A properly winterized pool will open up beautifully in the spring, therefore it’s important to make sure you complete each step the right way. One of the best ways to ensure your pool is properly closed for winter is to have it done professionally. Give the pool closing experts at Pool & Spa Depot a call to help with any questions you may have throughout the process or to schedule your pool closing today.