The days are getting shorter, there’s a chill in the air, and everyone’s rushing to the local coffee shop for a pumpkin spice latte. It’s finally fall, and that means it’s time to close your outdoor swimming pool for the season. Winterizing your pool properly means understanding when and how to do it, and Pool Check can help.
Generally, you want to wait for the temperature to fall and stay below 65°F to begin the pool closing process. This keeps microorganisms and algae from growing and becoming dormant for the winter season. You can also add a phosphate remover to help keep the algae out and prevent algae bloom.
Get out the brushes and vacuum for one last sweep of the pool. Be sure to scrub the walls and the floor, getting into all the nooks and crannies. This thorough cleaning is important to prevent algae growth and lighten your workload when it’s time to open it back up.
TESTING & BALANCING
Pool closing water balance is different from summertime chemistry. That’s why a winter water test is crucial before you close your pool for the season. An ideal pool closing water test can vary depending on your pool type, your choice of sanitizer, and your pool equipment. You’ll want the pH to be between 7.4 and 7.6 and the alkalinity to be between 175 and 250 ppm.
A physical barrier over the top of your pool adds a much-needed layer of protection against elements and debris of winter. No matter the cover you choose, be sure it is tightly sealed across your pool. An above-ground pool will need an air pillow beneath the cover. An inground pool doesn’t require an air pillow but should use clips to secure the cover.
LOWERING WATER LEVELS
Water levels need to be lowered to below the mouth of the skimmer which can be easily damaged if water freezes in the skimmer when temperatures drop.
As water freezes, it will expand. It’s important to check all the pressure valves and gauges to make sure that all parts of the pool are protected from ice and snow for the winter by clearing all water from any area that can be easily damaged by ice.
So, watch the thermometer, and as we maintain cooler days, give Pool Check a call to start the winterizing process for your pool. By properly closing your pool now you will not only maintain the equipment and prolong the life of your investment, but after the snow and ice melt, your pool will be as ready you are to enjoy warmer weather once again. Schedule your Pool Check service today by calling 806-687-5142 or clicking below.