If you are fortunate enough to live in an area with a warm climate, closing your pool for the winter might be something that you never have to worry about. For the rest of you, kids going back to school and leaves changing color and falling to the ground might signal that the time to close your pool is near.
Some consider closing the pool or “winterizing” a task, so they rely on their local pool professional for help. The most important thing to remember is that you want to do it correctly so that your pool will be sparkling and ready for the springtime.
You want to first be sure that your water chemistry is balanced. A proper pH level is between 7.2-7.6. You will also want your alkalinity approximately 180-220 ppm. Next, you need to shock the pool. When the chlorine levels get to 1-3 ppm, the water is balanced. You can always take a pool water sample to your local pool retailer to have it tested.
You will want to remove your pool accessories. This includes ladders, wall fittings, hand rails, pool cleaners, etc. Make sure to clean all of these accessories and let them completely dry before storing them.
Vacuum and brush your pool one last time and then backwash the filter. When that is complete, be sure to lower the water level 4-6” below the lowest water return line.
Finish winterizing by covering your pool with a solid cover that keeps out debris. Make sure that the pool cover you use fits tightly so that no debris or bugs can get between the gaps.
Following these simple steps will keep your swimming pool protected throughout the winter and ready to pop open as soon as the temps begin to rise the following spring.