Closing your pool is an essential part of winter preparation. It will prevent you from spending valuable time maintaining your pool over the winter months when you’re not using it anyway. Properly closing the pool before winter will make opening it in the coming summer much easier. It will also prevent problems that can occur from winter temperatures and freezing that can compromise the integrity of your pool.

However, for many people, closing the pool for winter can be a big undertaking. If you don’t have the time, expertise, or tools needed, we can help you with seasonal pool closing.

When is the Right Time to Close?

Waiting until the right time to close your pool will ensure that your winterizing will last throughout the season. In Utah, mid-October is usually the right season for pool closings. A good rule of thumb is to wait until the daily temperatures are consistently in the 60’s. Remember that the full process of winterizing a pool can take a week or so, since you’ll want time to properly clean, let the chemicals circulate, settle, and take full effect. Plan ahead in order to have success.

What Does Closing Include?

Balancing pH, chemicals, and minerals: In order to properly winterize your pool, it’s usually necessary to add chemicals that will treat your water to prevent growth and deposits over the winter months. Often, adding antifreeze to the water is a necessary measure. Scale, metal, and stain control will also be a part of the process, as well as algaecide.

Cleaning well: We properly clean and stow any ladders, diving boards, etc. that go with your pool but shouldn’t be unnecessarily exposed to the winter elements. A thorough cleaning of the pool will ensure that your pool is still in good shape come springtime. We’ll remove scale and lime, clean the skimmer baskets, and run the pump and filter effectively so that your pool is sparkling clean before it goes under the tarp.

Setting proper water levels: Over the winter, your pool’s water level should be lower than usual–about 6 inches under the skimmer opening. Don’t empty your pool for winter, though! Shifting, freezing soil under your pool’s borders can expand in the weather and cause the border to crack without the weight of water to counter the pressure.

Close and cover: Leaf net, safety net, etc. can keep your water insulated, and prevent accidents over the cold winter months. It will also keep out leaves and other debris that will make your pool harder to clean in springtime before opening the pool.

Shut down the filter: You’ll want to backwash the pump and filter, drain all the lines, and disconnect the tubes. This will keep the filter healthy over the winter and keep any leakage from happening, or mold and mildew to build up.

What’s the Point of Closing My Pool for Winter?

Closing your pool for the winter has three main purposes:

  • Prevents costly and time-consuming maintenance over the winter.
  • Keeps your pool and any attached equipment (like the water filtration and heating system) safe throughout winter freezes.
  • Preps your pool for spring so that there won’t be impossible-to-remove scale, calcium deposits, and algae growth when it gets warm again and you open your pool for the summer season.

If it’s time to close your pool for the year, give us a call. We can provide a professional, experienced service that will ensure that your pool will be ready for the spring when it comes.

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