What We Do To Properly Close Your Pool For The Winter Season

At the end of the season when you won’t be using the pool anymore for the year, it’s important to close and properly winterize it. There are several steps to properly closing the pool for winter and you'll want to ensure that you're doing them properly. Hiring a professional is a great way to go since you won't have to worry about missing any important steps.

When you hire us to close your pool, we will first ensure that the chemicals in the pool are at their proper levels. This is a vital step to ensure that none of the components in the pool get damaged due to heavy calcium deposits.

Using a water test kit that is specifically designed to test pool water, we will test the ph levels and other chemical levels in the pool. If they are off, our technician will then add the needed chemicals, acids, and buffers in the proper amounts to balance out your water so that there won't be any damages to the pool, the pump or filtration system while it's closed.

We need to wait for approximately an hour after the initial balancing after which we retest and fine tune things. Some of the chemicals necessary for pool maintenance can seriously damage the skin and burn the eyes so it is extremely important if you decide to take this on yourself to always wear rubber gloves and safety goggles while adjusting the chemicals in the pool. When mixed in with enough water, the chemicals are safe, however, when adding them, they are very strong and could cause serious burns and eye irritation.

Next, we will clean your pool. This involves scrubbing the pool walls and floor, removing, cleaning, and storing all ladders, diving boards and any other pool accessories you may have.

We then skim it of any debris that are floating in the water or on the water. After skimming, the skimmer baskets must also be cleaned thoroughly.

Next we add granulated chlorine. This will need to circulate in the pool for approximately six hours the next step.

An algaecide must then be added to ensure that there is no algae growth on the walls or bottom of the pool. The filtration system may then be cleaned.

This involves the entire system. Each filter must be cleaned or replaced at this time. This will include the sand filter, cartridge filters, and the DE or diatomaceous earth filters. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning or replacing filters.

The final step is to drain the pool to the required level for the type of cover that you'll be using. Each type of cover and system will have its own specifications so be sure that these are what you're following.

Install the freeze plugs, shut off the filter pump and drain all of the equipment, add the swimming (not automotive) antifreeze for cold climates, install the cover and ensure that no one (pets or children or even adults) walks on the cover.

Call us to take care of winterizing your pool for you.

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