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Closing Your Pool Quickly in 9 Easy Steps

Closing Your Pool Quickly in 9 Easy Steps

9th Nov 2016

Deluxe Jet Black Closing Leaf Net Cover for Above Ground Swimming Pools

If your pool is still open, it's time to have one last swim and say, “goodbye” to the refreshing water. Trust us, you don't want to be out there closing-up during the windy weeks of late fall. Depending on where you live, it might be prime pool closing time! For those of us here in WNY, our pools are already closed. We are pros at getting that pool closed and winterized on time and efficiently! If you're ready to close your pool, don't worry!  The uplifting news is that this doesn't have to be some huge arduous task. It's actually quite simple and quick when you follow our efficient guide for winterizing in just a few steps.

Prepare Your Supplies

Have all of the supplies you'll need readily available. Looking for something that's been in your shed for months will make this project take longer than it has to – so avoid that headache from the get-go. Be sure you have your pool cover, winter tubes/plugs, winter closing kit, air compressor, and cover saver siphon pump ready.

Remove All Cleaning Equipment and Deck Supplies

Remove the ladders, diving boards, ropes, LED lights, and any other accessories you may have in or around your swimming area. Removing these first will make every subsequent step much easier.

Ask for Help with Storing Pool Toys and Party Gear

Enlist family members or friends to help store all pool toys and recreational supplies. They should be happy to oblige since they benefit from swimming in your pool all season. Having the extra help with small and easy tasks will free you up to stay focused and finish quickly.

Vacuum & Test Your Water

Vacuum and skim the water as usual. Determine the water's pH levels with a  testing kit, so you'll know how to treat the water in the next step.

Treat Your Pool

With clean, balanced water, you're ready to add in chemical treatments from the winter kit we linked above. This will keep your water as clear as possible, making it much easier to open next year.

Backwash the Filter; Replace Sand if Necessary

Backwashing removes debris from the filter, getting it ready for active use next season. Most filter sand needs to be changed every few years, so if this is your year, do that before the next step.

Blow Out the Lines

If you're unsure in your abilities with the valves and air compressor, you may want to hire professional help or ask a handy friend. You'll need to hook up an air compressor to your pump drain opening. Use the compressor to blow air into the lines until you see a few bubbles coming from the lines. Leave this for about two minutes.

Add Your Winter Cover

Depending on the size of your pool, you may need 2 or 3 people for this task. Stretch the winter cover over the pool and secure down with water tubes. We STRONGLY recommend using water tubes only. Many people use cinder blocks and if the winds are strong enough to knock them into your pool, you have a huge problem to handle. The water tubes are strong and sturdy, but will cause no damage if they end up in the water.

Pool Rain Siphon Pump

Add a Rain Water Siphon Pump

To protect your pool cover from collecting too much rain water or snow, add in a siphon pump. It simply sits on the winter cover, protecting it from the elements and mildew damage. It's non-electric, but it does require your garden hose to work.

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