The Do’s and Don’ts of Closing Your Pool

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When you reopen your pool in the spring, the last thing you want to discover is that a mistake was made the previous fall. Swimming pool closing can be a tough and stressful part of autumn, but it doesn’t have to be. There are various things to keep in mind, but as long as you keep everything organized, you will be successful. It’s also a good idea to ask for help from a professional, in order to ensure a safe closing and reopening with no headaches involved.

 

The Dos

 

  • Clean thoroughly – You don’t want anything to sit and settle in your pool for half a year, so make sure that you get one final, careful clean before your swimming pool closing.
  • Keep the water level as high as you can – To make sure that your cover won’t sag too much in the winter if snow is piled on top, keep the water level up, if you can.
  • Completely empty the pipes of any water – Over the winter, water can freeze and expand. If there’s any in the pipes, this will cause them to break, leading to repairs and replacements in the spring.
  • Put in the right chemicals – Make sure that the pH balance is correct, add shock treatment and include chemicals to prevent any algae from growing over the winter.
  • Call a professional – You want to make sure that everything is done properly to avoid hassle, so don’t be afraid to ask for help.

 

 

The Don’ts

 

  • Keep the water level up to the tile – If you have tile at the top of your pool, water expanding when freezing could cause them to crack, so keep the water below the tile line.
  • Add antifreeze to the pipes – It’s best to completely clear the pipes instead, as antifreeze doesn’t guarantee that the water won’t end up freezing.

 

Leave unnecessary objects in the pool – Anything left behind will just sit for half a year, so make sure that you store things away during swimming pool closing to keep them from being damaged or harming the pool.

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