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Closing Your Pool for the Winter

Blue tarp is covering in-ground pool, protecting it from the elements during off-seasons

Closing a pool for the winter is a crucial process to protect it from freezing temperatures and ensure its longevity. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to properly close a pool for the winter:

  1. Clean the Pool: Remove any debris, leaves, and dirt from the water using a skimmer. Brush and vacuum the pool walls and floor to eliminate algae and other contaminants.
  2. Balance the Water: To prevent corrosion and scaling during the winter months, test the water’s pH, alkalinity, and calcium hardness levels. Adjust them as needed to ensure the water is properly balanced.
  3. Shock the Pool: Add a winterizing shock treatment to the pool water to help eliminate any remaining contaminants and bacteria, ensuring the water is clean when you reopen the pool in the spring.
  4. Remove Pool Accessories: Take out all pool accessories, including ladders, diving boards, and skimmer baskets. Store them in a dry, cool place to prevent damage.
  5. Lower the Water Level: Drain the pool water to a level below the skimmer and return lines. This prevents freezing and potential damage to the plumbing.
  6. Blow Out and Plug Lines: Use an air compressor to blow out water from the pool’s plumbing lines. Then, insert winterizing plugs or gizmos into the skimmer and return lines to prevent water from entering.
  7. Cover the Pool: Use a high-quality pool cover designed for winter use. Ensure it’s tight and secure to keep debris out and maintain water temperature. Some covers are held in place with water bags or a cable and winch system. We can help you determine what pool cover works best for you.
  8. Winterize the Pump and Filter: Disconnect and drain the pool pump and filter system. Store them in a sheltered area to prevent damage from freezing temperatures.
  9. Protect Pool Equipment: Store all pool equipment such as heaters, chlorinators, and pool toys in a dry, protected location. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for winter storage.
  10. Monitor Water Level: Throughout the winter, periodically check the water level in the pool. Add water if it falls below the recommended level to maintain proper cover tension.
  11. Winterize Chemicals: Store pool chemicals in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and moisture. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for safe storage.
  12. Secure Gates: Securing your fence gates and perimeter fencing is the last step to ensuring your pool is winter-ready. Ensure they are locked and not easily opened, and your pool should be nice and secure for the winter.

Closing a pool for the winter may take time and effort, but it’s a necessary process to protect your investment. Proper winterization ensures that your pool remains in excellent condition and is ready for use when the warmer months return.

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