Even though summer just seemingly began, many of us are already planning for the end of pool season. Part of that planning is when and how you will close your pool at the end of summer. Aqua Leisure Pools and Spas is here to help. Follow this guide to help close your above or in-ground pool.
The first step to closing your pool is to winterize it one week before closing. This includes adding a phosphate remover to keep algae blooms away during the off-season. The most important step in this process is waiting until the water is below 65 degrees for a consistent amount of time. Keeping the temperature low will also lower the risk of algae growth.
Before closing your pool for the summer, you need to vacuum the pool thoroughly to remove all debris. In addition, you may wish to use a soft brush, careful not to scratch or tear a vinyl liner, along the sides and floor of the pool to remove any algae growth or dirt.
You’ll also need to skim the surface of the water and clean out the skimmer and baskets to ensure the cleaning process is fully complete.
Where you live will determine the amount of water you should keep in your pool upon closing for the season.
Testing your pool water is particularly important if you had to add or remove water to prepare for closing. You should ensure alkalinity and pH balance is achieved before closing. Aqua Leisure can help you find the right chemicals for when you’re preparing to close your pool.
Because your pool is likely to be closed for months, it’s a good idea to shock and chlorinate the water a few days before you officially close the pool.
In addition, you’ll want to run your pool’s pump through a full cycle before you backwash it and chemically treat the filter.
Draining your pool lines is critically important if you experience below-freezing conditions. You’ll want to drain the pool pump, pool filter, heater, and any other equipment that runs water through it. After you drain the lines, consider running pool antifreeze through the system to avoid cracking.
Part of closing your pool for the season must include having a proper pool cover to finish the winterizing process. While you can pick between a winter cover that just blocks debris or a safety cover that protects animals and humans from falling into the pool, whatever you pick must properly fit your pool and last for years to come.
You may be having fun in the sun right now, but before you know it, Northeast Pennsylvania will be facing fall temperatures. Closing your pool may seem like a timely and costly process. But if you fail to properly close your pool for the season, you may be facing more expenses than if you closed it correctly the first time.
Get ready to close your pool for winter with Aqua Leisure Pools and Spas. Contact us today to get everything you need to close out the season.