Closing your Pool

Winterizing your pool is crucial for protecting your investment from the harsh winter conditions. When water freezes, it expands, and this expansion can cause significant damage to the pool’s structure, including cracks in the walls and flooring. It can also lead to broken pipes, filters, and other essential equipment. By effectively closing your pool for the winter, you’re not only safeguarding it against potential damage but also ensuring that the water remains clean and balanced. This proactive step greatly reduces the workload and expense when it’s time to reopen your pool. Additionally, proper winterization helps prevent the growth of algae and the accumulation of debris, maintaining both the aesthetic and health standards of your pool. At Tarson Pools and Spas, we’re committed to helping you extend the life and maintain the quality of your pool, year after year.

  1. Balance the Water Chemistry
    • About a week before closing your pool, adjust the pH, alkalinity, and calcium hardness levels. Ideal ranges are:
      • pH: 7.4 to 7.6
      • Total Alkalinity: 80 to 120 ppm
      • Calcium Hardness: 175 to 225 ppm for vinyl pools and 200 to 275 ppm for plaster pools.
  2. Clean the Pool
    • Thoroughly vacuum and brush the pool. Removing debris and algae is crucial to maintaining the pool’s condition over the winter.
  3. Lower the Water Level
    • For above-ground pools, lower the water level just below the skimmer.
    • For in-ground pools, lower the water 4-6 inches below the skimmer or tile line.
  4. Add Winterizing Chemicals
    • Use a winterizing chemical kit to help prevent algae growth and mineral buildup. This usually includes a long-lasting algaecide and a pool shock with a high level of chlorine.
  5. Drain Pool Equipment and Add Antifreeze
    • Drain water from the pump, filter, heater, and chlorinator. For in-ground pools, blow out the lines using a shop vac or an air compressor to prevent freezing. Add swimming pool antifreeze to the lines.
  6. Plug Returns and Skimmers (In-Ground Pools)
    • Install expansion plugs in the skimmer and return lines to prevent water from re-entering and potentially freezing.
  7. Cover the Pool
    • Use a quality winter cover to protect the pool from debris and light. For above-ground pools, secure the cover tightly around the pool. In-ground pools may use a safety cover anchored to the pool deck.
  8. Monitor and Maintain
    • Throughout the off-season, periodically check the cover for damage, water levels for excessive drops, and adjust as necessary to maintain protection.

These steps are general guidelines and may vary depending on specific pool types. Always remember we at Tarson Pools want to ensure your product last and stays efficient. Do not hesitate to call for help or schedule a appointment with us.

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