How to close a swimming pool, Town & Country Pool Builders explain
Chances are your swimming pool has been closed for the season already. But if you have a swimming pool heater, you may still be enjoying time in the water. If the night time air is getting too cold and the heater is getting too costly to run, it might be time to call the swimming pool builders from Town & Country Pools and schedule a pool closing date. How to close a swimming pool is something they can explain if you’re a do it yourselfer, or many people opt to hire a professional to take on the task for them.
How to close a swimming pool
- He will balance the pool water chemistry and adjust them to levels that don’t allow for algae to grow during the winter months when you’re not circulating the water or adding chlorine to keep it free of algae.
- He will remove the pool accessories. Pool items such as ladders, pool toys and others will be removed and you will want to store them in a safe location for the winter.
- The pool water level will be reduced, either by using a submersible pump. The water will be lowered to about 18 inches below the skimmer level.
- All of the water will be drained from the filters, pumps, heaters and any chlorinating equipment as well as the vacuum hoses. Once everything is drained and removed, you will need to find a safe place to store it for the winter months.
- The pool’s o-rings will likely be lubricated to keep them from drying and cracking during the cold winter months and when the rings aren’t exposed to any water on the off season.
- The pool will be thoroughly cleaned before the winter cover goes on. Keeping it as clean as possible will make the spring opening easier and will help prevent any algae build up.
- All of the pool plumbing will be winterized to prevent any cracking from frozen water in the plumbing. The water will be drained from the plumbing, pool antifreeze will be added and the lines will be plugged with caps.
- Winterizing algaecide will be added. The pool water will be super chlorinated as part of the winterization process.
- Floating items will be added to the water to help prevent freezing.
- After everything is taken care of the pool cover will be put in place. You want to make certain, throughout the winter season, that the cover remains in place. If there is a build up of snow or rain, ask your pool contractor whether you should remove standing water and the best way in which to do that so you don’t damage the cover.
If you have a hot tub, you may still be using that throughout the season, but ask your pool contractor whether there are additional steps that need to be taken to keep the water free of bacteria and the hot tub in great working order.