Thursday, September 15, 2016

Wideman Pools, LLC
2565 Hwy 67 So.
Festus, MO  63028
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Pool Closing Tips for Your In-ground Pool
By:  Anthony & Sylvan Pools

Properly closing your pool during cold weather is an important part of prolonging your pool’s finish, tile work, and equipment. It can also save you a lot of time and money when you are reopening the pool, as improperly closing it can cause problems to develop and cause damage that will have to be fixed.
The pool maintenance experts have compiled a list of our best tips to help you properly close your pool in an easy and effective manner.
When Is A Good Time to Close My Pool?
Most pool owners choose to close their in-ground pool in late summer or fall. Something to consider is the weather conditions in your local area. Pool water needs to be consistently below 55 degrees Fahrenheit to help prevent algae growth.
Pro Tip: Look at the projected weather conditions for the next few months when considering closing your pool. The weather may be cool now, but warm up for a few weeks down the line which can promote algae growth.
Clean the Pool
Remove everything that’s not part of the pool, such as ladders, pumps and hoses. Skim the water and remove all debris from the pool’s floor. Vacuum and brush all the surfaces to help avoid staining.
Pro Tip: Do this step the day you plan to finish closing the pool, not in advance as debris and other build up can collect in the in-between time, making your cleaning less effective.
Adjusting Your Water Chemistry
Check and adjust the pH, alkalinity, and water hardness levels to help prevent corrosion while your pool is closed. You will also need to shock your pool with chlorine and add in a winter algaecide. (“Shocking” is a term to describe super-chlorinating the pool.)
Pro Tip: Shock the pool and allow normal chlorine levels to return before adding in the algaecide so the chlorine does not destroy the algaecide.
Lower the Water
Lower the water using a pump, drain the equipment, and winterize the plumbing. Freezing water can damage or ruin the mechanical components of your pool equipment.
Pro Tip: Drain the water according to the pool cover you are planning to use. For a mesh cover, the water should be 6-8 inches below the skimmer. For a solid floating cover, it’s only 2-4 inches below the skimmer.
Cover it Up
It’s important to choose a cover that fits your pool well and does not leave open cracks for leaves or debris to fall in. Mesh covers are often very tight fitting, while floating covers may let somethings through that will have to be removed later.
Pro Tip: Use water bags to ensure your pool cover is fitted as tightly as possible.
Wideman Pools, LLC
2565 Hwy 67 So.
Festus, MO  63028

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