The warm spring and summer months are almost over and it’s time to say goodbye to our swimming pools again. Generally, the warm spring and summer seasons last from April to August. The cold fall/autumn and winter seasons start from mid September up until March. When it comes to swimming pool usage, it’s recommendable that you stick to the warm months. You can, however, continue using your swimming pool past September if the local weather conditions during the fall season are not chilly. Most people in Ohio close their swimming pools at the start of September to keep leaves and other debris from dirtying their pools during the fall season. The early spring season is when most homeowners reopen their swimming pools in preparation for the warm spring and summer months. But now that we are approaching the cold seasons, we are only going to focus on when and how to close your swimming pool. This article is divided into two separate sections; one section will tell you when to close your swimming pool and the other contains tips for closing the swimming pool. Read on to acquire this useful information.
When To Close Your Swimming Pool
There are three main instances when you should close your swimming pool and we will look at each of them below.
Most homeowners close their swimming pools just before the onset of the cold fall and winter seasons. But if the fall season is not particularly cold, you can continue using your swimming pool until the winter season approaches. This means that you should consider local weather conditions before closing your swimming pool. Freezing temperatures can ruin your swimming pool and make it unusable.
When Not In Use
You should always close your swimming pool when it’s not in use. This does not mean that you should close the pool every time there are no swimmers. But rather you should always leave your swimming pool closed whenever you are way for a significant period of time.
To keep fall/autumn leaves from dirtying your pool, close it and await the warm spring and summer months.
How To Close Your Swimming Pool
There are several things that you should do when closing your swimming pool to ensure that it’s done right. Read on to note the most important.
Prepare The Swimming Pool For Closing
You should start by preparing for the closing of your swimming pool by doing several things. First of all you should clean the pool thoroughly including the filters, pumps, and water pipes. You should also remove all equipment and accessories from the swimming pool and lower the water level. You should also call a reliable Akron pool company to test and balance the water chemistry. The pool company can also help you to shock and chlorinate the pool before closing. You should drain all pool lines and implement antifreeze measures.
Install The Pool Cover
After preparing your swimming pool for closing with the assistance of a professional pool technician, you can now proceed to close it for the cold seasons. If it’s an above ground pool, you may want to start by installing an inflated air pillow in the center of the pool. Now you can finally cover the pool with a winter cover, safety cover, or leaf net.