If you live somewhere where the temperature drops in the fall and winter, making it too cold to swim, swimming pool closing is an essential event in your personal pool care routine. By ensuring that everything is done properly, you’ll not only make opening your pool back up the next year easier but also protect it from damage that could be costly to repair. There are several steps that should be taken and calling a professional to help can guarantee a safe closing.
Cleaning and Storing
To make sure nothing remains in your pool throughout the winter only to possibly become a worse mess to be cleaned in the spring, conduct a thorough clean directly before your swimming pool closing. Also, be sure to remove and store any accessories that are not needed for winterizing, keeping them in the same place to be easily returned to the pool the following year. After that, you can add the necessary chemicals, such as shock and winter algaecide.
Clear the Pipes
Some people believe that they need to put antifreeze in their water to keep their pipes from bursting. However, this is not recommended as it is not a safety guarantee. Water may still freeze, expanding and damaging the pipes. To be absolutely sure that this will not happen, it’s best to completely clear your pipes of water during your swimming pool closing. This can be difficult to do on your own, so a professional can do it to save you a headache in the spring with pipe repairs.
Lower the Water Level?
This is a step some people are unsure of. Generally, it’s best to keep the water level as high as you can, as it will help keep the cover from sagging too deep in if covered with snow. However, if you have a line of tiles at the top of your pool, it’s best to keep the water level below them when handling your swimming pool closing. This is due to the fact that the water could freeze and expand, cracking the tiles.