As the vibrant Wisconsin summer comes to a close, it’s time for another wistful but necessary pool closing, alas. At The Pool People, we understand the importance of proper pool closing to ensure your oasis remains in top condition for years to come. With our four decades of dedicated service to central and northern Wisconsin, we’re here to guide you through the essential steps. Let’s dive in and make sure your pool is ready to weather the winter and greet you with a splash next year!
Clear and Clean Pool Closing
Before embarking on the pool closing journey, it’s crucial to ensure your pool water is crystal clear.
Use a pool skimmer to remove any debris, leaves, or floating objects that may have found their way into the water. Brush and vacuum the pool walls and floor to prevent algae growth during the winter months.
Balance the Water
Maintaining the right water chemistry is vital for the longevity of your pool’s equipment and interior finish.
Test and balance the water’s pH, alkalinity, and calcium hardness levels. This step helps prevent corrosion, scale buildup, and staining while the pool hibernates through the colder months.
Shock and Chlorinate
Give your pool one final shock treatment to eliminate any lingering contaminants.
Use shock to sanitize the water and ensure it’s as clean as possible before covering the pool. This step helps prevent bacteria and algae growth during the off-season.
Lower the Water Level
Wisconsin winters can be harsh, and freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your pool’s plumbing and equipment. Lower the water level below the skimmer mouth to prevent water from freezing and expanding within the pipes, which can lead to costly damage.
Winterize the Plumbing
To safeguard your pool from potential freeze damage, it’s crucial to properly winterize the plumbing.
Drain all water from the pipes, filters, pumps, and heaters. Use an air compressor to blow out any remaining water to prevent cracks and bursts.
Protect the Equipment at Pool Closing
Don’t forget about your pool’s valuable equipment!
Remove and store items like ladders, skimmer baskets, and return jets. You can also tuck away your pump and filter if you have space. Store them in a dry, safe place to prevent damage or corrosion during the winter months.
Cover It Up
A high-quality pool cover is your pool’s best defense against the elements.
Choose a durable cover that fits snugly over your pool. This will keep out debris, leaves, and snow, while also preventing evaporation and preserving the water’s chemistry.
Even though your pool is closed for the season, it’s still a good idea to perform occasional checkups. Remove any accumulated debris from the cover, and ensure it remains properly secured. Periodic maintenance prevents any surprises when it’s time to reopen your pool.
Plan Ahead for Spring
You know you’ve done right by your pool closing if your pool opening is successful and easy and you’re swimming before you know it.
Too busy to close your pool correctly this year? We can help with that! Schedule your professional pool closing today to take advantage of expert assistance to protect your pool throughout our Wisconsin winter. Call (888) 997-7665 or schedule your closing online.
Stop by our showroom or reach out online and take advantage of our expertise and resources. We’re happy to talk pools and answer your important questions anytime.
As the days grow shorter and the air turns crisper, it’s time to prepare your pool for its winter slumber. The Pool People is here to be your trusted partner in pool closing, drawing on our decades of experience in central and northern Wisconsin.
By following these steps, you’ll ensure that your pool emerges from its hibernation ready for another season of laughter, relaxation, and endless enjoyment.
Remember, a little effort now goes a long way in preserving the beauty and functionality of your pool for years to come.