Should I close my pool for the winter?
This is a question that most pool owners have asked at least once. Some people might hesitate and wonder if the work is worth it.
In short, yes.
Closing your pool for the off-season and properly winterizing it is the most important thing you can do to ensure a smooth opening next season, and for seasons to come.
Benefits of closing your pool for the winter
Although there is some work involved in closing your pool for the off-season, the rewards make the effort worthwhile. Here are some of the benefits of closing your pool for the winter:
- Protecting your pool and equipment.
One of the biggest benefits of closing your pool for the off-season is that you are protecting your pool from the elements. Freezing (or very cold) temperatures can freeze pipes and equipment, causing them to crack. Proper winterizing involves storing removable equipment away from the elements and ensuring permanent equipment remains covered and dry. Protecting your pool parts and equipment means less time and money spent replacing equipment and more time enjoying your pool next season.
- Maintaining water health all winter.
A crucial step in closing your pool is reaching the proper chemical levels. Utilizing a water testing kit, you can make sure your pool’s chemistry is right where it needs to be for the winter. That, paired with a dose of algaecide, can keep your pool’s water healthy while it is closed, which makes opening it next season very simple. They key to getting the maximum benefit here is to make sure the pool is clean when you close it and to consult a swimming pool professional regarding optimal chemical levels.
- Saving money on electricity costs.
Running your pool’s filter can use a good amount of electricity. Closing your pool for the winter means no longer running your filter. Think of the number of hours of running time you’ll cut back on for your filter -- this not only extends the lifespan of your filter but can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in electricity costs.
- Taking a break from daily pool maintenance.
If it’s cold outside, the last thing you probably want to do is go outside and maintain a pool, especially cleaning and vacuuming it. If you properly close and winterize your pool, there is no need for the same level of daily maintenance as when your pool is open and in use. All you’ll have to do is periodically check the water level and health, keep your pool cover clear, and make sure that your equipment is not freezing or getting damaged.
- Saving time and money when opening for next season.
Taking the time and making the effort to close and winterize your pool isn’t instant gratification, but it will pay off. You’ll see the benefits clearly when you go to open your pool next season. Instead of dealing with algae growth, dirty water, and possible damage, your pool will be practically ready for use with just some minor maintenance required. Saving time and money means more time spent enjoying your pool with family and friends and more investments made enhancing your pool experience.
- Making your backyard safer.
Closing your pool for the offseason means having it covered. A high-quality safety pool cover not only protects your pool, it protects your family and pets, too. LOOP-LOC’s mesh and solid safety covers are made of the highest quality materials, exceed ASTM standards, and are strong enough to support the weight of an elephant -- they can surely handle anything your backyard throws its way.
Think of your pool’s safety cover as your off-season superhero, always on the lookout for any danger. It keeps dirt and debris out of your pool, protects from harsh weather conditions, and provides a safety barrier for wandering children and pets. LOOP-LOC pool covers are custom fit to your specific pool and come in a variety of colors to match your yard, so your superhero’s cape can accent your yard, not clash with it.
Closing your pool for the offseason is very beneficial, regardless of what climate you live in. However, some people still are on the fence about whether or not they should do it.
If you are hesitant to close your pool because you are unsure of the best way to do it, or cannot do all the work yourself, don’t worry. Your swimming pool professional can offer all the guidance you need, and can execute the closing for you if you prefer.
By following simple closing steps, enlisting the guidance of a professional, and closing your pool thoroughly, you can keep it in great shape for the offseason and be ready to enjoy next season.