Summer is over, the pool days are behind us (probably), and right now you’re probably thinking about how to prepare your house for fall. It is also time to think about how to safely and securely close down your pool for the winter. Here are some steps to take when you close down your pool to ensure the best conditions possible when you reopen it in the spring.
Do one final water analysis at your pool store to ensure good alkalinity readings and that your pH is between 7.2 and 7.6 so that your chlorine is as effective as possible. You should also check the water hardness: a level between 200ppm and 400ppm will prevent scaling and deposits.
Clean It Up
If leaves have started falling before you cover your pool, you don’t want to leave them sitting on the bottom all winter. They will start to decay and could cause major staining. Plus, if you leave them now, that’s just more work you have to do in the spring before your pool is usable. This is also a good time to give your filter a deep cleaning. For a diatomaceous earth or cartridge filter, do an overnight soak in muriatic acid solution (1:30 ratio with water) to break down the really fine organics that are stuck in the filter components, then follow that by a pressure wash.
When To Close
If following a traditional pool schedule of Memorial to Labor Day is leaving your pool greener than expected each spring, consider keeping the pool open till October. You’ll be running the pump longer, but the flip side is that the pool is sitting undisturbed for less time, so there is less time for algae to grow.
We are seeing warm, if not downright hot, days lasting well into the fall, which is ideal for algae growth. When you close up the pool, you should add a good dose of shock and algaecide, but know that it won’t last all year. Periodically in the fall and spring, supplement with more liquid chlorine. Liquid chlorine is a safe way to add chlorine when the pool isn’t running, whereas granular shock will sit on the bottom and bleach your liner.
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