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A Splashy Farewell: The Complete Guide to Closing Your Pool

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As the leaves change colour and the temperatures drop, it’s time to bid farewell to your beloved swimming pool for the season. Properly closing your pool is a crucial step in ensuring it remains in excellent condition and is ready for a refreshing reopening next summer.

Winterizing Pool Equipment

Begin the pool-closing process by preparing your pool equipment for the winter months. This includes:

  • Clean the pump and filter thoroughly and remove any debris. Drain the pump and filter system to prevent freezing damage.
  • Test the pool water and adjust the chemical balance to ensure it’s within the recommended range for winter. This helps prevent algae growth and keeps the water clear.
  • Clean and empty skimmer baskets and filters. Replace any worn or damaged parts.

Lowering Water Level

Next, you’ll need to lower the water level in your pool to avoid potential damage caused by freezing water. Lower the water level to just below the skimmer opening. This prevents the skimmer from freezing and cracking during the winter months.

Removing Pool Accessories

Before you cover your pool, remove all pool accessories, including:

  • Clean and store pool toys and floaties indoors to prevent damage from the cold and wet weather.
  • Remove automatic pool cleaners, such as robotic or suction cleaners, and store them properly.
  • Ladders and Rails: Detach and store ladders and handrails in a dry area to prevent rust.
  • Solar Covers: Clean and dry solar covers before storing them away for the season.

Winterizing Pool Plumbing

To prevent freezing and potential damage to pool plumbing, consider the following steps:

  • Use a pool air blower or shop vac to blow out any remaining water from the pool plumbing lines.
  • Install Winterizing Plugs: Seal all the plumbing lines with winterizing plugs to prevent any water from entering and freezing.

Covering Your Pool

A high-quality pool cover is a crucial part of closing your pool for the winter. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Clean and Secure Pool Cover: Before placing the pool cover, ensure it’s clean and free from debris. Secure the cover tightly to prevent leaves, debris, and critters from entering the pool.
  • Invest in a Winter Cover Pump: To prevent water accumulation on the cover, consider using a cover pump to remove excess water throughout the winter.

Regular Maintenance During the Winter Months

Closing your pool doesn’t mean you can forget about it until spring. Regular maintenance is essential during the winter to ensure your pool remains in excellent condition:

  • Check the Water Level: Periodically check the water level to ensure it’s not too high or too low. Adjust as necessary.
  • Monitor the Cover: Inspect the pool cover for any tears, holes, or damage. Repair or replace the cover as needed.
  • Snow Removal: In areas with heavy snowfall, it’s essential to remove excess snow from the pool cover to prevent damage and undue stress on the cover.
  • Chemical Check: Occasionally check the chemical balance of the pool water. Adjust if necessary to prevent algae growth and staining.

Closing your pool for the winter is a necessary step to protect your investment and ensure a smooth reopening when the warmer months return. So, bid your pool a temporary farewell with confidence, knowing that it will be waiting for you in pristine condition next summer.

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