6 Tips For Closing Your Pool Before The Winter

by Derrick Gordon

As the cold temperatures of winter are approaching, you will need to start thinking about closing your pool. Here are six tips you can follow to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

Tip 1: Avoid Closing The Pool Early

If you want to avoid unnecessary cleaning in the spring, you should avoid closing your pool too early in the fall. You need to wait until temperatures fall below 65 degrees, as that will prevent algae from growing in the water.

Tip 2: Remove All Metal From Your Pool

Some metals can rust if left in your pool from fall until spring, creating an ugly stain that can be difficult to remove. By removing all metal objects from the pool prior to closing, it will eliminate rust stains from happening.

Tip 3: Do Not Rush With Adding Algaecide

One of the benefits of adding pool shock is that the high levels of chlorine will help clean the water. Make sure you wait 5 days between adding the pool shock and the algaecide. If the algaecide is put in too close to the pool shock, the algaecide will be destroyed.

Tip 4: Add Antifreeze To Your Pool's Plumbing

In-ground pools are more susceptible to pipes freezing if there is any water in the lines, which is why you need to have them blown out much like a sprinkler system. It helps to add some antifreeze to the pipes just in case any water is stuck in there.

Tip 5: Make Sure Water Levels Are Not Too Low

If your water levels are too low prior to closing your pool, it could cause damage to your pool cover. Make sure to check the manufacture's directions or with a pool specialist, like those at Imperial Paddock Pools Ltd, before putting the cover on, as the water level is crucial to making sure it is not damaged. The water will actually help support the snow that falls on the cover during the winter.

Tip 6: Regularly Test Your Water

The work is not over with once your pool is closed for the winter. You will need to regularly test the water levels to ensure that it has the proper amount of chlorine to kill any algae. The colder temperatures will mean that less chlorine is needed, so it will not require as frequent testing as it does in the middle of summer.

If you follow these six tips, it will help make sure that you are taking the necessary steps to properly close your pool before winter.