How to close a swimming pool

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How to close a swimming pool, Town & Country Pool Builders explain 

While there may be one last hurrah for a warm, summery day chances are you will be thinking of closing your pool for the season. When this time comes, you will want to spend time with your swimming pool contractor from Town & Country Pool Builders and schedule a time for them to get the pool ready for the winter. Taking time to winterize the pool properly is crucial to making certain it survives the cold, possibly snowy winter months and it also makes it much easier to open the pool the following season.

Swimming Pool Closing Tips:

pool cover, swimming pool closing tips

  • The best time for your swimming pool closing is when the temperatures begin to dip into the 60s or 70s in the daytime and the 40s overnight — this typically happens in October. After the water temperatures have started to lower, the demand for chlorine is lessened, and this will save you money over the winter because its potency will last longer. Closing your swimming pool “too early” could lead to the water being warm enough to allow for the growth of algae.
  • Town and Country Pools believe in performing visual inspections of swimming pools before closing them for their clients for the winter months. A visual inspection will highlight any possible defects in the pool structure and the equipment. If any potential damage areas are noted, it is best to have it repaired or replaced before closing the pool as a way to prevent further damage from occurring.
  • The pool water chemical levels will be tested before the pool is closed and will be balanced if necessary. Pool winterizing chemicals will be added to the water to make certain algae doesn’t grow during the winter months when you can’t see what’s going on under the pool cover.
  • Additionally thoroughly cleaning your swimming pool before the cover goes on will also prevent excess algae build up while making the spring pool opening easier.
  • Water levels will need to be lowered, and water will be drained from the pump as well. Your contractor will reduce the water levels by up to a foot and a half below the skimmer; this is done to prevent any water from draining back into the pool and preventing freezing and damage to the pipes. The jet and skimmer holes will be plugged.
  • All equipment and timers will be shut off to make certain that no equipment gets inadvertently turned on which could damage it if there isn’t proper water flow.
  • All of the water will be drained from the filters, pumps, heaters and any chlorinating equipment as well as the vacuum hoses during the swimming pool closing process. Once everything is drained and removed, you will need to find a safe place to store it for the winter months.
  • You swimming pool’s o-rings will likely need to be lubricated to keep them from drying and cracking during the cold winter months.
  • Floating items will be added to the water to help prevent freezing.
  • During your swimming pool closing pool items such as ladders, pool toys, and other accessories will be removed from the swimming pool and stored for the winter.
  • Your pool cover will be placed and properly secured. It’s best if you take time at least weekly during the winter to check the pool cover and remove any standing snow or water to prevent the cover from falling into the pool.
  • As a final swimming pool closing step be sure to inspect all safety equipment such as gate locks and pool covers.

    For customers with a hot tub, you may still be using it throughout the season.  However, we highly recommend speaking with our expert contractors to ensure your hot tub stays in excellent working order and free of bacteria.

    Contact Us For Your Swimming Pool Closing Needs

    As the swimming pool season comes to an end, contact Town and Country Pools to schedule your swimming pool closing service.