Owning an in-ground pool is fun for the entire family. However, it’s also a big responsibility when it comes to maintenance. Opening and closing your pool is an extremely important part of being a pool owner. Like with everything in life, you have to be prepared for the seasonal tasks that need to be performed in order to keep your pool fresh and safe so let’s review some basics.
Depending on the climate you live in, you can choose to keep your pool open year-round or just for certain months out of the year. On the east coast, leaving your pool open in the winter months isn’t an ideal choice. Instead, plan to open your pool sometime in May. While you might not swim during this chillier month, opening your pool early will prevent algae buildup. This is because when temperatures get warmer, green house effects can increase algae growth.
Opening responsibilities include a wide range of things, including but not limited to:
- testing the chemical and pH levels;
- adding water to the desired level;
- shocking the water and/or adding chlorine;
- cleaning and vacuuming thoroughly;
- reassembling and/or installing filters; and
- inspecting electrical service, filters, skimmers, drains, ladders, diving boards, plugs, gauges, and other important components.
Once the summer comes to a close, schedule to close your pool around Labor Day or later if you have a heater. One essential closing duty is clearing the lines to and from the pump and filter equipment so whether you are handling the maintenance or you hire a professional, make sure this step is complete.
Other closing responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- balancing the pool water chemistry;
- lowering the water levels;
- installing winter plugs;
- winterizing electrical and other equipment;
- removing ladders and/or handrails; and
- covering with a cover that will hold up to debris and cold temperatures.
The process of opening and closing a pool can be a lot of work so if you opt to leave it to the professionals, ask us about our Winter Watch Program. Having someone take care of all the rules of the pool can make your summer months even more relaxing!