As summer turns into autumn and the leaves begin to fall, it’s time to start thinking about closing your swimming pool for the winter. However, the exact timing of closing your pool is important. You definitely don’t want to leave it too late, but you also don’t want to close it too early. To guide you through the process of when to winterize an inground pool, we’ve come up with some pointers on what to keep in mind during this process.
Swimming Pool Use
As the weather cools, your pool will naturally get less use. Routines that normally kick in after the kids go back to school can also decrease the amount of time people have for the swimming pool. If the pool isn’t getting used at all, you’ll still have to keep an eye on the water chemistry. You don’t want to allow it to get too far out of whack before it’s time to close for the winter.
If your property is surrounded by a lot of trees, you may end up with an annoying amount of leaves in your swimming pool. If this is the case, it might be worth your while to close your pool a bit early so you’re not having to continually clean your pool and balance the water when it’s not being used. Leaves can greatly affect the water chemistry of your swimming pool, not to mention the hassle of skimming them out on a regular basis. If you know that a lot of leaves are about to fall, it may make sense to close up your pool beforehand.
The exact time to close your pool will likely not be the same year after year. What you really need to pay attention to is the temperature. If you close your pool too early, your winter protection chemicals and algaecides won’t last through to spring. If you leave it too late, frozen water may seriously damage your pool components. The time to winterize your inground pool is when the water temperature consistently remains below 17 degrees Celsius.
If temperatures suddenly drop in your area and you’re experiencing freezing weather, you’ll have to quickly close your pool. Keep an eye on the weather forecast to make sure you’re prepared in advance for a cold spell. Not only will ice damage the components of your swimming pool, but it’s just not fun to be messing around with water in freezing weather.
Before you close your pool, you’ll need to make sure your water chemistry is properly balanced. For a winter closing, it might be better to get your water tested professionally. Failure to get it right can lead to algal blooms, pool staining, and major problems when it comes to open up again in the spring. Clean and balanced water upon closing will make reopening much easier.
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