No moping allowed, though. Instead, let’s focus on closing it up right so you can enjoy the cool, sparkling water again next year.
Closing down your pool for the winter takes some work, but each step is important to keep things protected. This is actually one of the most important times of year for your pool. Close it up right, and you’ll avoid unnecessary problems and costly repairs in the spring.
Each pool is different, and your pool might need specific attention not addressed here, but we’ll run through the basic pool closing steps. A Neave Pools professional can handle any detailed questions you might have about your own pool.
Step #1: Balance The Water
A few days before closing your pool, make sure your water chemistry is balanced. This includes the pH, total alkalinity, and calcium hardness. This will protect the surface of the pool from staining and etching.
Shock the water with chlorine to kill bacteria that may be living in the pool. Look for a product with at least 65 percent sodium hypochlorite or a non-chlorine substitute of equivalent strength. Fill a 5-gallon bucket with pool water, add the instructed amount of shock granules, and pour it into the pool while the filtration system is running.
Step #2: Take Everything Out Of The Pool
Remove the skimmer baskets, heaters, slide, any wall fittings, vacuums, pool cleaners, ladders, handrails, or anything else that shouldn’t be in the pool. (This includes family members who stubbornly refuse to admit swimming season is over.)
Rinse all of the pool equipment and lay it out to thoroughly dry.
Step #3: Skim, Vacuum, and Brush The Pool
Use a pool skimmer to remove anything floating on the top of the pool, including leaves, insects, and any other debris. Be thorough. This is the last skimming before winter.
Vacuum and brush the pool.
Step #4: Lower The Water Level
You can either use your filter pump or a submersible pump to lower your pool water level. You’ll need to lower the level about 4 to 6 inches below the lowest plumbing line, normally the water return line. Be sure the water level is at least below the skimmer.
Step #5: Drain Your Pump, Filters, Heaters, And Chlorinating Equipment
Your pump, filter, heater, and chlorinator all have a drain plug. Either drain the water out of these or blow the line out with a shop vac. This will ensure all of the water has drained and none is left inside any plumbing lines.
Pick a place to put all the plugs so you can find them again in the spring. Maybe in the skimmer basket you just removed from the pool?
Step #6: Empty Your Chemical Feeder
If you have a chemical feeder, now is a good time to drain and empty it. If you leave chemicals in your chemical feeder over the winter, you might damage your equipment.
Step #7: Cover The Swimming Pool
Finally! Time for the cover. It’s important to use a cover that fits well and doesn’t leave any gaps or cracks.
A mesh safety cover tightly covers the pool and is the safest bet for protecting it well over the winter.
Leave It All To Neave
Closing your pool for the winter is time-consuming and sort of a hassle. Why not let the experts at Neave Pools take care of the chore for you?
Proper pool opening and pool closing can reduce maintenance and repair costs of your pool, which is why Neave Pools offers it as part of a complete seasonal service that can include pool opening and closing, power washing, the introduction of chemicals, weekly visits for cleaning and chemical testing, winter check-ups, and more. Pool opening and closing services are also available as a stand-alone service if you prefer.
Don’t forget — we’ve got a FREE 50-point maintenance checklist available for you to download, too.
Let Neave handle your pool closing, and you’ll know your pool is safely tucked away, ready for a simple and easy reopening when the weather allows.
If you’re in Hudson Valley, call (845) 463-0592. Westchester, call (914) 271-7996. Cold Spring, call (845) 463-0592, and in Connecticut, call (203) 212-4800. Or fill out the handy web form on this page, and we’ll get in touch with you to schedule a complimentary swimming pool consultation.