How to Close Your Pool for the Winter
By Kimberlee Courtney, PoolSpaOutdoor.com
If you live in an area with a seasonal climate, the early fall typically marks the end of your swimming season, and you will soon need to close your pool for the winter. Properly winterizing your pool is essential for preserving the structure, equipment, and water over the next several months—and ensuring a pleasant, hassle-free opening come spring. Here are the key steps and important tips to follow when closing your pool for the winter.
1. 1. Time it right. According to most industry experts, the best time to close your pool is when daytime temperatures begin to range in the low 70's to 60's and nighttime temperatures drop into the 40's --typically mid-October. Once the water temperature is lower, chlorine demand is reduced, meaning it will last longer over the winter. If you close your pool too early, the winter protection chemicals will not last into early spring and you'll risk the growth of algae. During the weeks your pool is open but no one is swimming, you can place a leaf net over the water's surface to prevent leaves from falling into the pool.