How to Close Your Pool in the South
There are many benefits to life below the Mason-Dixon; lemon in your iced tea, front porch sitting, weather mild enough for Halloween swim parties & flip-flops on Thanksgiving (not that you should!) While we don’t have to endure brutal winter temps in the South, your pool can still be susceptible to damage over the winter.
If you’ve decided to ‘close’ your pool before those flip-flop-wearing Thanksgiving guests show up, then this guide is for you. Keep your pool in great condition and ready for spring opening with these simple tips.
Clean Surrounding Area
Make sure that your pool area is clear of branches, debris, dirt, leaves and any other things that could get blown into your pool. Falling branches can make a big mess and could puncture and pierce your pool cover, so make sure you trim back all the trees surrounding your pool.
Also, as much as you can, clean away any fallen leaves and debris that may accumulate on the cover. Many of our customers have a screened enclosure built over their pools to mitigate this issue, with the handy side effect of minimal bugs in the summer!
Check Pool Equipment
Give all of your pool equipment an inspection to see what condition it is in and if anything needs repair or replacement.
Scrub and Vacuum the Pool
To prevent any nasty surprises from growing and staining your pool, be sure to scrub down all the surfaces. Use a brush or robotic cleaner for best results.
Clean the Filter
Be sure to clean the filter to get out any gunk that may be hiding in there.
- For sand filters this will include a thorough backwash
- For cartridge filters you will clean the cartridges and tank
- For D.E. filters clean out the grid
You don’t want anything sitting all winter long in your filter so this step is key.
Balance the Chemicals
Chlorine pools contain a delicate blend of chemicals, so it’s important to keep it balanced regularly throughout the winter. Check your pH and ppm at least monthly; pH should remain right around 7.5 (+/-1) and ppm should be around 100 (+/- 20).
Adding a little chlorine into your pool can help it to stay clean during the colder months. Before you open your pool in the spring, add it in then as well.
Especially if there has been some algae growth, running the filter with some chlorine in the water will shock it and clear it out.
Remove all Toys and Equipment
It seems like common sense, but you’d be surprised at how many people leave their toys and equipment in the pool.
While the water may not freeze over down here, toys and equipment left in the water may still be damaged due to prolonged exposure to the colder water, not mention they may damage your pool! So scoop them up before sealing your pool.
Cover your pool to protect it from the elements. An air pillow can also be helpful to keep your cover floating properly so debris are dispersed off to the side of the pool.
Manage Water Levels – Don’t Drain it!
One warning! Draining your pool will cause damage – so don’t drain it. Keep it filled almost to the top.
Monitor the Pool Cover for Damage
Make sure that your pool cover is free of damage, such as holes, tears and rips. You can even use leaf nets to prevent fallen tree leaves and branches from damaging your cover.
Taking good care of your pool during closing will make for an easier opening once warm(er) weather hits. The best pay off is when you are greeted by clear, sparkling water come spring! If you have any questions or concerns about the process, feel free to send us a message or come by!