Top Swimming Pool Closing Tips
It’s time to close down the swimming pool. Pool builders say that there are several factors that come into play when deciding on closing the pool. If you do it too early, you miss out on maximizing the pool’s fun utility. If you wait too long, the water may be impossible to treat. By closing your pool properly, it becomes easier to put it back into working shape in the next season. Here are some tips to help you do it the right way.
- In addition to missing out on using the pool, closing it too early means the water will still be warm enough to encourage algae growth. Wait until the water is below 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees centigrade) when it is impossible for algae and fungi to grow. You will have an easier time treating the water when you open the pool.
- The water should be treated before it freezes to eliminate any bacteria that would start to multiply when the warm season returns. Check the water for correct pH balance before the water gets too cold for proper treatment. Ideally, the pool should be closed with the pH ranging 7.2-7.6 while the alkalinity range should be 60-120 ppm.
- Apply algaecide and chlorine shock on different days. If you apply the two at the same time, the chlorine shock renders the algaecide ineffective. Apply the algaecide first and then the shock after 2-3 days to allow the algaecide to work. These are easily available at a pool supply Elk Grove store.
- Keep the filter running for some time after the pool is no longer in use, to ensure that the chemicals are properly distributed and the pool remains clean before being covered.
- Remove pool accessories – For above ground pools, all accessories such as ropes, ladders, slides, diving boards and toys should be removed before closing the pool. It is also advisable to ensure that the pool is in good condition before closing. One common mistake people do is draining an above ground pool when closing. The water should be left in the pool to retain the structure of the pool.
- Winterize the plumbing – For an in-ground pool, blow out the lines from the skimmer before plugging them at the pool. For an above ground pool, disconnect all the hoses to the filter and pump. Ensure to place expansion plugs in the outlets in the pool’s walls.
- Pool Cover – It is advisable to cover the pool to keep out debris blown in by the wind, and for safety purposes too. For an above ground pool, use a cover with grommet edges that can be secured.