Options for Closing a Swimming Pool for the Winter Months

by Pool Builders on 09-02-2010 in Articles

Many people love the idea of being able to come home in the summer months when it is absolutely sizzling outside and jump into a waiting pool full of clear, cool water. When the time comes to begin closing up their pool for the coming colder months, that love can often turn to frustration. There is no need for this emotional rollercoaster if a plan is formulated for closing a pool. The process is actually simple when it is just broken down into simple parts.

Debris
The first thing that needs to be done is make certain that all of the loose debris has been removed from the water and pump. Once this has been accomplished, consider balancing the chemical level in the water. This can help eliminate the issue of bacteria and algae, which will make reopening the pool the next season much easier. Some people choose to lower the water level or completely drain the pool. While this is certainly an option, it can prove to be a costly one when it comes time to reopen because of the expense of shocking the remaining water and refilling. Otherwise, the water can be left inside with proper chemical adjustments. Consult the local pool supplier for details.

Draining
Although the owner can drain the water from the pool, there is a potential for problems. One issue is that the pump will not be running, obviously, but like most seasonal motors, if they are not properly winterized, damage can occur due to corrosion from non-use. Another issue is that without the water, there is a potential for the materials in the pool to dry and become brittle from the cold. This can cause cracking and breaking, which leads to leaks. These types of problems can be expensive to correct, not to mention the time and extra resources spent refilling the water.

Covering
Once the pool has been prepared for the winter months, placing a cover over it to protect it from the elements will help immensely in the area of protection. This also helps keep debris from finding its way into the water, especially during rain storms and in autumn, when the leaves begin falling. Although the water has been treated, it can still accumulate algae and bacteria. Investing in automatic pool cleaners is a practical idea. Instead of having to take the time to remove the cover and skim the water with a net, just hook up the hose for the cleaner, set it in the water and let it go.

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