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A Guide to Properly Opening and Closing Your Pool

You’ve created a resort in your own backyard. The neighbors are green with jealousy over your luxurious backyard pool. When summer rolls around, everyone wants to come to your place for barbecues, parties, and unforgettable times. But there’s a terrible price to pay for being the place where good things happen, which is maintenance. Every person who owns a pool knows how important it is to open and close it down at the end of each season. You can save money on repairs and maintenance by following the correct procedures for opening and closing your pool.

A Guide to Properly Opening and Closing Your Pool

Fox Pools offers these services as part of a full seasonal package that includes pool opening and closings, as well as repairs.

Closing Your Pool

You need to remember that closing the pool is the same as winterizing. It’s trickier than the opening and needs more prep work. When water freezes, its volume increases, causing significant stress on the pipes and other equipment. This happens if you don’t blow them out or drain them properly. Before closing your pool, you need to have your water professionally tested and balanced at your local pool store. Most places do testing for free!

Some of the most important things we do during pool closings are:

·       Get rid of the pool toys, leaves, and debris.

·       Add winterizing chemical kits with the appropriate dosage

·       Lower your water level to the appropriate point to account for rainfall.

·       Prepare your lines and machinery for the winter. This includes blowing out all the lines with a high-pressure air blower and capping them off.

·       Remove handrails, ladders, and other accessories

·       Clean your DE or cartridge filter.

·       Put on the cover for the winter.

Opening Your Pool

Like most people, you undoubtedly have mixed feelings about opening your pool. There’s no need to dread opening your own pool each spring. Every spring, we use the same techniques and equipment to open hundreds of pools of varying sizes and shapes.

Here are the important procedures we follow while opening your pool for the swimming season:

·       First, clean the pool cover of any debris, leaves, dirt, etc.

·       If any water has accumulated on the pool cover, empty it.

·       Remove and store the cover.

·       Assembly your system and start the filtering process.

·       Vacuum the pool with 2 different types of vacuums, brush, and net.

·       Shock pool and add algaecide.

·       This is just a one-day visit with no follow-up cleanings and no chemical balancing. It is expected the customer will take over for the follow-up cleanings and have the water tested at your local pool store.

Let’s look at some reasons why you should hire a contractor to close your pool:

It makes pool opening easier

Since closing the pool maintains hygienic conditions, you won’t need to do as much to get the pool opened again. A clean and balanced pool is essential to an easy pool opening.

This helps maintain the purity of the pool water

The most noticeable advantage of winterizing your pool is the ability to maintain pristine water conditions. After emptying the pool of trash and using the right chemicals, you can cover it without further concern for contamination. A vacation from daily pool maintenance for a number of months is another perk.

Your family will be safer as a result

The use of a cover for the pool’s surface is an integral part of the closing process. A pool cover may look like a tarp to some, but most are quite sturdy and can carry quite a bit of weight. It helps protect your kids or pets against a potential fall or injury from this.

Your pool equipment will be safe from harm

The cost of the pool itself is substantial, as is the potential cost of the necessary equipment. Properly opening and closing your pool prevents frozen pipes and other damage to your pool’s equipment when you’re not using it.

A Guide to Properly Opening and Closing Your Pool

Important information regarding opening and closing your pool

Pool closing

Using high-powered blowers, we drain the pool to the bottom of the skimmer, seal off the plumbing lines, clean the filter, clean the pool of leaves and debris, put away the ladders, and cover the pool. We can also supply and add the necessary chemical kits for winterizing at this time.

Pool opening

Your pool cover will be taken off, and stored while we reinstall the pool’s ladders and handrails and reassemble the pool system. We’ll also run a series of tests to ensure everything is working. When we open a pool, we clean the pool with two different vacuums, a brush, and a net. We also add the needed shock and algaecides. We do not do any follow-up cleaning or balancing, the opening is a one day event. Clients should take charge of this part of the pool opening process. In most cases, this results in significant financial and time savings for them. In case you need any assistance or have any questions about opening and closing your pool, we’re here to help.

Let the professionals handle opening and closing your pool.

The process of opening and closing your pool can be time-consuming and laborious. Ignoring even the smallest of details might result in significant losses. Avoid this hassle by signing up for expert pool closing services. Ensure the safety of your pool and family by scheduling the opening and closing of your pool with Fox Pools today. Contact us today!

Pool Closing Service

Pool Closing Service

Our pool closing service is the absolute best way to protect your swimming pool. With our complete winterization service you’ll have the peace of mind in knowing that your swimming pool will be safe during the winter and in ready to use condition next season.

Our Pool Winterization / Pool Closing Service Includes:

Let the experts at Fox Pools help you properly close down your pool for the off-season.

Complete Pool Closing Winterization Service $150

  • Removing all leaves and debris from the swimming pool
  • Backwashing the filtration system
  • Draining your pool pump and heater
  • Plugging the returns and skimmers
  • Removing and storing all deck equipment (ladders, handrails, etc…)
  • Inspecting and installing a pool safety cover
  • Blowing off the pool deck area and equipment pad
  • Adding winterizing chemicals

When Should You Close Your Pool?

One of the most common pool maintenance questions we get asked is, “When should I close my pool?”.

Typically most pool owners look to close their swimming pool down for the season shortly after Labor Day. The primary reason is that with children going back to school and the cooler autumn months around the corner, most home owners just don’t see as much use out of their swimming pool after September. Unless you have a pool heater and plan to extend your swim season a bit, the uninviting temperature of the water can make keeping your pool operational after Labor Day more trouble then it’s worth. When the water temperature is constantly below 60 degrees, it is prudent to close your pool.

Winterize your pool will help protect it from freezing. Pool closing service helps prevent damage.

Winterizing your pool will help protect it from freezing. Pool closing service helps prevent damage.

Closing your pool alleviates the worry about your pump or filter equipment freezing once winter comes. Draining the water out of the system (but not the actual swimming pool itself) is part of winterizing your pool and getting it closed for the off-season.

Why You Should Close Your Swimming Pool In The Off-Season

The easiest approach to protect your pool investment is to close it for the season from September to October. An early freeze in November or December can quickly damage your pool and it will be far too late to close it by then if that happens. Closing your pool in the off-season will make the start of next season a breeze. To make the water swimmable again, you’ll need fewer chemicals. By adopting preventative actions, you can even extend the life of pool surfaces and your pool equipment. It takes a little extra effort, but it’s nothing compared to how much labor it will be to open your pool again next summer if you don’t close it properly.

Avoid a dirty pool in the summer by closing your pool in the off-season.

Avoid a dirty pool in the summer by closing your pool in the off-season.

Consider that for a moment. While your pool is left open all summer, leaves, bugs, twigs, and anything else that may blow in are likely to end up in the water. The entire summer is spent removing all of those items from the water before they have a chance to settle and decay in the water if the swimming pool is being used frequently and actively maintained.

Consider what would happen if you left your pool exposed all winter, but didn’t use it, skim it, brush it, or vacuum it every day. All of that material, plus more, would be wreaking havoc; clogging the skimmer, and messing with the chemistry of your pool.

When the time comes to reopen your pool, you would have a lot of work ahead of you just to get it swimmable again. It’s possible to avoid all of that simply by closing your pool for the season; it’s a low maintenance strategy towards protecting your pool. Installing a pool safety cover and winterizing your swimming pool for the off-season is the #1 way to ensure that your swimming pool will be protected from the elements and be in ready-to-swim condition with a minimal amount of pool service or chemical maintenance in order to open in next season.