A pool is a great addition that adds both entertainment and value to your home. It’s well-known that owning a pool requires regular maintenance when it’s in use, but it’s just as important to protect your pool during the off-season. A proper pool closing can help ensure that your investment stays in great shape and is ready for when the weather turns warm again. When you schedule this important service with a pool professional, here’s what you can expect.
About a week before your pool is actually covered, your pool technician will start by shocking the water. After this, other adjustments may be made to ensure that the water’s calcium hardness, pH level, and overall alkalinity are at the proper levels for the winter months. This amount of time gives the water a chance to adjust before placing the cover.
Closing the Pool
Once the water conditions are right, the real work begins for a detailed pool closing. The pool and filter are thoroughly cleaned to prevent algae growth. If the chemicals in the water were to come in contact with the cover for an extended period of time, it could result in serious damage to the structure. For this reason, the overall water level is decreased as well, to ensure there is no such damage to the cover. Drain plugs for the pumps, filters, and any other mechanisms will also be removed.
Winterizing the Pool Lines
The final and most important step of a pool closing is to blow out the lines of all of the plumbing and equipment. Water left in these mechanisms could freeze, expand, and ruin the equipment. Antifreeze may be added at this time before the lines are plugged and sealed for the winter. The circuit breaker to the pump may also be shut off until next season to avoid accidentally turning on the pumps.
A winter pool closing is essential to protect this part of your property. Be sure to schedule one with a professional to keep your pool looking and operating its best when summer is here again.