If you are a pool owner that lives outside the Sunbelt states, you may be counting down the number of pool weekends you have left in your swimming season. Here are a few tips on how you can start preparing your pool for winter. While it is not hard, getting your pool ready for closing requires some preparation. Begin preparing to close your pool at least couple of weeks before closing.
To start, ensure your water chemistry is balanced. We recommend having your water tested by a professional. Achieving a properly balanced pool can take up to a couple of weeks, so you do not want to wait until the day before closing to check levels. While test strips are good for a quick dip test, you should have a professional do a complete water analysis. A complete water analysis will check all important chemistry levels including, but not limited to, Total Alkalinity, pH, Free Chlorine, Total Chlorine, Calcium Hardness, Salt, Stabilizer, Metals and Total Dissolved Solids. Remember, a clean and sparkling pool water does not always mean that your pool water is properly balanced. Some of the prettiest pool water can be the most destructive.
Next, wipe down the scum line or tile line. Body oils, sun tan lotions, and airborne contaminants can sometimes build up on the pool surface along the water line. These can easily be wiped away. Microfiber cloths work great. If necessary, you can use a mild detergent, fiberglass or vinyl cleaner. Do not use abrasive cleaners, automatic dish detergent, steel wool, metal scrapers, or other brushes or tools, they can cause permanent damage to the gel coat finish.
A few days before your closing, give your pool a final clean. Skim off any debris floating on the top and vacuum any debris or leaves that may have settled on the bottom of the pool. It is also an excellent time to rinse off the pool deck and the automatic safety cover tracks. This is an especially good idea for pools that have a salt system.
The day before pool closing, add in any winterization chemicals that you may need. We want them to circulate at least hours before the pool shuts down. Clean out your skimmer basket and remove any remaining debris that may be in the pool. Your pool should now be chemically balanced and clean. Accomplishing a clean and balanced pool before closing increases your chances of opening up to a beautiful pool in the Spring.
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