At Carolina Pool Builders, Inc., we want to help you take the best possible care of your pool so you can continue to enjoy it for years to come. A key part of proper pool care is winter pool closing. If this is your first time owning a pool, you may be unsure about what exactly you need to do–fortunately, you can simply read on to find out.
- Step 1: Clean your pool. The first step to successful pool closing is to thoroughly clean your pool. Start by brushing the walls and vacuuming up any debris from the bottom, then follow up with a round of chemical treatments. These include shocking the pool with extra chlorine, as well as adding a metal remover/sequestering agent and an algaecide–we at Carolina Pool Builders, Inc. recommend using 10 ounces of your algae treatment per 10,000 gallons of water.
- Step 2: Unplug the pump and filtration system. The next step in the pool closing process is to remove the plugs from your pool’s pump and its filtration system. If you have a heat pump, remove that plug as well. Make sure that you store these plugs in a secure location, so you’ll be able to find them easily when it’s time to reinstall them come springtime. It’s also a good idea to write that location down or take a picture of it with your phone as an added memory aid.
- Step 3: Clear out, then plug your plumbing lines. The third step in pool closing is to clear out your pool’s plumbing lines using an air compressor. Once they are cleared of any clogs, plug the plumbing lines so that no water leaks out.
- Step 4: Remove handrails and ladders. After that, remove your pool’s handrails and ladders to ensure that your pool cover can lay flat. Make sure you store them in a safe place, and that you keep track of the hardware used to attach them.
- Step 5: Cover your pool. Finally, seal your pool with a pool cover. If you have a tarp cover, it’s a good idea to place a pump on top to clear off any rainwater.
We at Carolina Pool Builders, Inc. hope that this article has been helpful. If you have further questions about how to close your pool for the winter, don’t hesitate to give us a call.