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Tips for Closing Your Pool


It’s just about that time of year again.

Summer always seems to fly by, even during uncertain times like these. One thing that is certain, however, is that you’ll soon have to close your pool for the winter. This is a key part of your swimming pool maintenance to ensure it has a longer life, fewer problems, and an easier process to open it back up next summer.

While there are a lot of important details to closing your pool properly, here some key tips to be aware of when you begin the task.

Clean the pool thoroughly

Brush the sides and bottom of the pool to loosen up any dirt and grime, and then vacuum it. Cleaning your pool before you close it will help prevent bacteria and algae from growing, and it will lessen the amount of work you’ll have when it’s time to open it again.

Take care of the pump and filter

First, you’ll want to drain the pump. Then remove the pump and hoses, and the chlorinator if you have one. Keep the drain plugs in the pump basket, so you won’t lose them. Store the pump and hoses inside to minimize any potential damage or wear from snow, ice and extreme cold. At this stage, remove the filter and clean it before storing it. Keep the filters inside as well.

Proper drainage

The key here is to protect the skimmer from damage caused by freezing temperatures. If your pool is above ground, removing the hose from the skimmer and then using a winter skimmer cover plate means you won’t need to drain the pool. For inground pools, the best idea is to have a professional stop over to use methods that protect the skimmer from potential damage. If you have tile, then the water level should be lowered a few inches beneath the tile.

Add the chemicals and cover it up    

Once the pool is cleaned, the water level lowered (if needed) and all the accessories stored inside, it’s time to add the chemicals. These can include a pH increaser, chlorine shock, algaecide, and sanitizer. Once the chemicals are in, you can cover up the pool and begin the wait for the warm weather of spring.

These are just a few helpful hints to make the process of closing your pool more efficient. For more information, visit our website or call us at 815-288-7841.

Ace Hardware & Outdoor Center

900 N Galena Ave

Dixon, IL 61021