Skimming leaves from poolThe easiest way to close a pool at the end of the season is to hire an affordable pool service in Atlanta to handle the job. However, some pool owners prefer to do the job themselves, or to at least have a solid understanding of the proper maintenance required. The process for pool closing involves a long list of requirements, but we’ve provided some basic tips for a successful off-season shut down.

Clean Out Debris

Vacuum out any leaves, insects or other debris that may have collected in the pool. A pool net also works well. Don’t forget to clean out the skimmer and pump basket, and backwash the filter.

Check the Water Chemistry

Test the pool water with a water test kit. Adjust the pH, alkalinity, chlorine, and calcium levels if needed. Add winterization chemicals, which add increased levels of chlorine and algaecide to the water for the winter months. Some professionals suggest adding the winterizing chemical kit the night before the closing process begins.

Lower Water Level

Lower the pool’s water level to about 3 to 6 inches below the skimmer, but don’t completely drain the pool. Freezing temperatures are hazards to pools, even in Georgia. Freezing soil beneath the pool will expand, and has the force to push an empty pool up and out of the ground. The weight of the remaining water in the pool prevents this from happening.

Disconnect and Drain

Disconnect the filter and pump, and drain any remaining water. Remove drain plugs, jet fittings, skimmer baskets, and the heater.

Prevent Freezing

Use the vacuum to blow out any water in skimmer lines and the main drain line. Blow out the return plumbing and plug the drain pipe.

Clean the Filters

Sand filters should be backwashed. Filter hoses need to be removed, and cartridge filter elements should be sprayed with filter cleaner and rinsed clean.

Add a Flotation Device

This simple device eases pressure on the pool walls by allowing any ice formation to push in on the flotation device instead of the walls. Additionally, it balances any rain or ice that forms on the pool cover over the winter.

Cover It Up

Use a good quality winter cover that can withstand any snow or ice buildup and protect people or pets from falling through it into the water. The cover should fit tightly across the pool. Ensure that the cover is secure so it can withstand winter wind gusts or heavy rainstorms.

Swimming pools require year-round care, but it doesn’t have to drain your wallet. Hiring an affordable pool service professional will ensure many seasons of enjoyment from your investment.