Fall is here. So it is definitely time to start thinking about closing your swimming pool for the winter. At Backyard Paradise Pools, we are here to help by giving you a few pointers on how to close your pool quickly and easily by following a few simple guidlines.
Before you actually put a lid on it and close your pool, you will need to do a few important tasks to make sure your pool is in great shape for reopening next Spring. Here is what you’ll need to do:
Five days before you are ready close your pool, change the water balance to pH 7.2-7.6, Alkalinity 80-120 ppm and a Calcium Hardness to 180-220 ppm.
Wait for those levels to stabilize, then shock the pool with chlorine or a non-chlorine shock. You should use 1 pound of chlorine or non-chlorine shock for every 10,000 gallons of pool water. The chlorine level should go back to 1.0-3.0 ppm before adding any winter algaecide.
Next, reduce the water level in the pool by using a submersible pump or a filter pump. You should reduce the water level by 12” to 18” below the skimmer, also known as the mesh covers. If you have a floating cover, reduce to 3”-6” below the tile.
Make sure that your filtering, heating, pumping or chlorinating equipment is completely drained of any water to prevent them from freezing and cracking.
As always, if you need any help with pool maintenance or closing or need pool equipment, come see what Backyard Paradise Pools has to offer.
Backyard Paradise Pools not only installs new pools and spas, we do pool renovations and provide pool services, maintenance and supplies. If you need any advice for opening or closing your pool seasonally, just call Backyard Paradise Pools in Saucier, MS. Call to speak with one of our expert representatives today at 228-687-8133