How Pool Closing Services Can Help You Prepare For Next Season

As summer is sadly drawing to a close, it may be soon time to close your swimming pool. Properly winterizing your pool will help to lengthen its lifespan and better prepare you for the upcoming season. Closing your swimming pool for the season requires a lot more than just stretching a pool cover over it. Properly preparing your pool for the upcoming season will make the reopening process next summer a breeze! Professional pool closing services will make sure your pool is all set for reopening by performing the following best practices. It’s time to start . . .

Winterizing

There is nothing worse than opening your pool and encountering a green, somewhat slimy surprise. Fortunately, pool closing services will make sure the timing is just right.

To protect your swimming pool from algae growth, it is recommended that phosphate remover should be added. This will help prevent potential algae growth from becoming a bother. Professional pool closing services can add phosphate remover.

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Cleaning Before Closing

Your swimming pool needs one final cleaning session. This may include brushing the sides and floor of your swimming pool, skimming the surface, making sure no debris has settled on the pool floor, and cleaning out the skimmer and pump basket after a proper vacuuming. This way, future algae growth will be thwarted in its tracks. To ensure that your pool receives a thorough cleaning before closing it for the season, call your local pool closing service. 

Balancing Act

Before adding chlorine to your swimming pool, pool closing services will make sure to test the waters first. They are looking to keep total alkalinity around 100 ppm and pH around 7.5. To accomplish this balancing act, chemicals like chlorine and pH island alkalinity increaser or decreaser may need to be added. Shocking at closing will help to eliminate any bacteria that may survive during the winter. Keep in mind that shocking the pool will kill the algaecide. That’s why your pool closing service may add algaecide right before slapping the cover on.

Equipment Care

The filtration equipment will need to be winterized as well. This includes the pump, filter, chemical feeder, and heater. All water will be drained from the system with plugs, hoses, and gauges removed.  These items should be stored inside in a place where they won’t be misplaced for the next season. Storing in the pump basket is a great idea! The gas to the heater should be shut off for the winter. Equipment can be disassembled and stored away from the elements or covered for extra protection. 

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How Low Should You Go

Finally, pool closing services may drain your pool slightly and blow out the pipes. This will help protect the skimmer from cracking due to winter’s freezing temperatures. They may also insert rubber plugs into the pipes to add another layer of protection to prevent possible damage. Of course, your pool closing service will remove the pool ladder and any other accessories before breaking out that cover.

What Else Is Left to Do?

Now that you know all the scrubbing and shocking that goes into saving your pool from potential damage, there is only one thing left to do: call Pool Operation Management for all of your pool closing needs! From pool openings to closings, we will be here for you every step of the way. Reach out to learn more about all of the swim-friendly services we offer.

*This information is obtained from the Certified Pool and Spa Operator Handbook. This information may not be applicable to your pool based on your pool type and location. One should reference all applicable regulations and standards for your facility.

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