For many pool owners, fall can be a very disappointing season, as the time to close the pool has arrived. To ensure your pool is shut down properly and professionally, it is advisable to go with a pool service company with decades of experience in your specific geographical area, so your pool continues to function properly next spring. Here is a checklist to help you understand the process.
- Chemistry of the Water—from three days to a week before closing, the water balance needs to be checked for pH (7.2-7.6), alkalinity (80-220 ppm) and calcium hardness (180-220 ppm). After the levels have been evaluated there are options to chlorine shock or non-chlorine shock your pool.
- Check Water Level of Pool—if you have a mesh cover lower the water 12-18 inches below the skimmer and 3-6 inches below the tile for floating covers.
- Equipment Removal—take the skimmer basket out, remove wall fittings, solar blankets, cleaners and ladders from the pool.
- Drain Plugs—locate and remove the plugs on your pump, filter and chlorinator so the water can be drained. Equipment can be severely damaged if the water stays and freezes.
- Clean the Pool—whatever it takes, skimming, vacuuming, brushing, etc., just clear the bottom of your pool of debris, clean the sides above the waterline, and remove all floating leaves, trash and yard waste.
- Winterize Plumbing—pipes and other plumbing that runs to and from your pool that has a chance of freezing should be winterized and lines blown out where necessary.
- Cover—the last step of the process is using a strong and durable cover to prevent debris and animals from falling into the pool during the winter.