What to Remember Before Closing the Pool for the Season
As summer comes to a close, you’ll need to start thinking about closing your pool for the season. While it isn’t fun to think about winter getting closer, closing your pool should be on the top of your list of things to do before the cold weather hits. Here are a few tips for closing your pool for the season.
Clean Your Pool
Before closing your pool for the season, you’ll want to give it a thorough cleaning. This means removing all debris from the water, and then brushing and vacuuming all sides of the pool. Taking this crucial step will make your life easier when you open the pool the next spring.
Check the Water Levels
Check your water levels in your pool before starting to close it up for the winter. The water level in the freezing area should be kept at 4-6 inches below the liner, and should be filled to the top or overflowing in the non-freezing area.
Balance the Chemicals
If you’re unsure of the chemical levels in your pool before you close it for winter, you can test them by purchasing a test kit. The total alkalinity in your pool should be between 80-120 ppm, and the pH level should be between 7.4-7.6.
Shock Your Pool
Shocking your pool before you close it can help eliminate bad bacteria that has been lurking in your pool. You should shock your pool a few days before you plan to close it for the season. If you can’t get it done a few days before, you should do it the night before you close it for the winter.
Drain Pool and Add Antifreeze
Draining your pool before winter and adding antifreeze, if you live somewhere that gets below freezing, could be one of the best moves you make in taking care of your pool. Drain all the pipes in your pool to prevent pipes from bursting and costly repairs down the road. Antifreeze should be added to pools only if temperatures will get below freezing.
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