It’s that time of year again…yes, time to close-up the pool for the season. While not quite upon us just yet, the prep work for winterizing should begin now – about two weeks before you close your pool. It makes the whole process considerably smoother if you tend to these seemingly minute details ahead of time.
2 WEEKS BEFORE CLOSING
1. Order your Pool Closing Kit and take stock of the pool chemicals that you may already have on-hand that you can use to help you close. The Ultimate pool winter kit is what I now use on my 22K gallon pool, after it proved so successful with earlier pool winterizations.
2. Order pool closing supplies. Too many times in the past have found myself tearing through junk drawers looking for THAT ONE specific return plug or attachment piece that I, “JUST saw around here last week”! Take stock of your cover accessories, like the anchor hex key, brass anchors, or water bags and air pillows. Locate your pool closing accessories like winter pool plugs before pool closing – don’t hold up the whole process for a small but necessary detail.
1 WEEK BEFORE CLOSING
4. Add stain and scale prevention like Metal Free, which needs a day to work by itself, before adding other pool closing chemicals. Try to remove any stains you have now before closing. Brush the pool several times during the week.
5. Use chlorine shock to kill off bacteria, algae, and to get your chlorine levels to a nice, strong level. Brush the pool afterwards, then vacuum well the following day.
6. For mesh safety covers, or any pool that opens up green in springtime – I highly recommend treatment with Pool Magic Spring & Fall, with PhosFree.
7. Over-filter the pool water by running the pump 24/7 for a few days before closing the pool – bonus points for adding a dose of clarifier. Extra filtering will make sure that your pool water is as pure as possible, to reduce potential for stains and algae during fall and winter.
8. Get a Helper. Line-up someone to help you put on the winter pool cover. You can do 90% of a pool winterization yourself, but the cover is best done with two people. For more pool cover tips, here’s another post of mine on the topic.
POOL CLOSING DAY
9. Shock the pool with non-chlorine shock. Non-chlorine shock comes with all of our winter kits, to oxidize contaminants in the water, without affecting the winter algaecide, up next…
10. Add algaecide to prevent it algae from growing in the upcoming months. Add the algaecide just before you cover the pool, after the water has been lowered.
Most of these steps should be part of your regular pool routine. Now is the time to ramp-up you efforts to get a good head of steam for the long winter months that lie ahead.
Following these steps leading up to closing your pool will not only make the winterizing process smoother, it will make your pool opening easier too!
InTheSwim Staff Blogger