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Closing Your Pool


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Closing Your Pool

Labor Day has come & gone, kids are going back to school, the nights are getting cooler, & the leaves are starting to change. After a season of having fun splashing in the pool, it’s time to put it to bed for the winter. Thanks to this article from Leslie Pools, here are some tips to help you to close your pool for the season:

Start a Week Before. Before closing your pool for the season, wait until the nighttime temperatures consistently drop below 65 degrees to prevent algae growth. Once that occurs, add phosphate remover to help keep the algae out prior to closing.

Brush & Vacuum. Thoroughly brush and vacuum all surfaces of the pool to get all the algae & debris off the liner. This will make it easier to open in the springtime. Be sure to empty the skimmer & pump baskets when you are done.

Change the Water Level. For areas of the country that freeze, you should drain the water level down 4-6 inches below the skimmer whether an above-ground or in-ground pool. For areas of the country that do not freeze, you should fill the pool to almost overflowing.

Shock & Chlorinate. You should shock & chlorinate your pool a few days before closing, at the very least the night before. This will kill any bacteria that may want to stick around during the winter.

Backwash Your Filter. Run a full backwash of your filter and clean it (if you are able to).

Be sure to check out the full article from Leslie Pools for more tips on closing your pool for the season!

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