Fall is here and as pretty as it is, pool owners can be frustrated by the cool and colorful season. Parting with summer can be difficult and when it is time to close the pool many owners wait to the last minute.
Here are some tips for the last minute pool closer. Have your chemical supplies ready and make sure your pool cover is in good condition. Also, check that your winter pillow is in good shape. There are many winter kits available to make closing your pool for winter very easy to do. Visit www.poolgeek.com and www.intheswim.com for reasonably priced products and reliable customer service.
A small pump is a great way to faciliatate lowering the water level below the skimmer line. You can use the same pump you use to remove water from your cover during the winter. So, make sure the pump is on hand and in working order.
Leaves tend to be the enemy of a pool closer. Even if you do not have trees close to your pool, fall winds and falling leaves somehow find their way to your clean pool bottom. So you have to act fast once you begin.
Keep your weekly santiation and algae maintenance programs active no matter how cool the outside tempertures are and or how much the pool is being used. Continue to run your filter for at least 8 hours a day as you normally would. Do one final water testing and adjust your chemical levels accordingly. Once you are satisfied and ready to go here are some more tips for you.
Remove your ladder and with the filter running, brush the walls and floor of the pool thoroughly. Thoroughly meaning to be sure the brush hits every part of the pool. Allow the water to settle for a couple of hours, filter still running. Vacuum the pool thoroughly. Take the time to leave no dirt or debris behind which makes for a very easy spring opening. When your pool is crystal clear the way you like it, it is time to begin winter chemical treatment.
Follow the manufacturers instructions on adding your chemicals and allow to circulate with the fileter running for several hours. Allow time for the chemicals to mix well with the water. Once complete, your filter can be turned off for winter.
Now, you will want to begin lowering your water levels below skimmer level or enough to allow you to seal up your skimmer. Pool owners have different methods, so again, do your research on which methpod works best for your pool. You will also want to seal up your return port where water returns back to the pool.
So, your pool is clean and winterized. If you wait for the water levels to drop before covering the pool, you have a high risk of allowing debris such as leaves to enetr your pool while you wait. Cover your pool immediately upon shutting off your filter. Secure your pillow and begin the covering process. Once you have the cover installed you have no more worries of anything entering the pool until you are completely done with the closing.
There is no need to tighten the cover fully at this point, just snug. This will allow you to work in the skimmer area and monitor water levels during the removal process. Once you are satisfied with the level, remove your filetr lines and secure the cover for winter. Job well done!
Be sure to follow your manufacturers winter filter cleaning and storing instructions. Take the short time to close your pool right in fall, so in spring when you can’t wait to open and swim, you will have nbo worries in doing so. Good Luck!