How to Prepare Your Pool for Fall

Although the weather might not yet feel like it, fall is rapidly approaching! You probably already have plenty on your mind – kids are going back to school, the house and yard need to be prepped for winter, and it’s never too early to start planning for Christmas. While we might not necessarily be able to help with the kids or your Christmas shopping, we can certainly help you close your pool. Read on to learn the best way to close your pool and safeguard it during the upcoming winter months.

Clean, organize, and store accessories. The pool noodles, rafts, water guns, and other assorted trappings of summer fun by the pool all regrettably need to be put away. You will likely want to rinse them off and make sure they are dry before you store them for the winter.

Clear debris from the pool. While you may have been diligent about skimming and vacuuming the pool over the summer, it’s easy to let that fall by the wayside as pool use tapers off in August and September. Before you ultimately close your pool, you will want to make sure it is as clean as possible.

Lower the water level. Use either your filter pump or a submersible pump to lower your pool’s water level below the lowest level of plumbing. This typically means that the water line is at least below the skimmer.

Balance and shock your water. By ensuring your pool is balanced before you close it, you’ll avoid major headaches come spring. Shocking your water a couple days before you close it will also help prevent algae and bacteria build-up over the winter.

Cover your pool. Finally, when you’re ready to shut the pool down for the season, drain your pumps, pull out any ladders, and cover it completely and securely.

We hope these tips help make closing your pool much simpler. If you need any assistance with closing your pool, the pros at Swim-Mor Pools & Spas can help. To learn more about our services or to schedule your pool closing, call Swim-Mor at (800) 794-6667 or contact us online today!

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