In North Carolina, September can still feel a lot like summer. But apple picking, school starting, and stores bringing out Halloween merchandise are all reminders of the cooler weather that will be coming soon. While you may still use your pool plenty in September, now is the time to start thinking about your swimming pool closing to-do list. For new and seasoned pool-owners alike, there are important tasks you don’t want to forget when you start preparing for your swimming pool closing. Wrap up your pool season efficiently and keep your pool in top condition by following our in-ground swimming pool closing to-do list:
- Do not drain the pool! Draining the water will allow more damage during the winter months to the pool liner and structure. The water acts as a protection for your pool during winter.
- Balance the water. Make sure you check levels of chlorine, pH, total alkalinity, and calcium hardness. Add algaecide and chlorine as needed to begin winter with clean, balanced water.
- Clean your pool thoroughly, so that the freshly balanced water can remain that way throughout the winter. Scrub the walls with a brush, vacuum the floor, and skim the water to remove any dirt and debris that may have accumulated.
- Change the filter. You’ll want to go into the winter months with a clean filter to help everything run smoothly during those months.
- Invest in a good pool cover that will prevent dirt and debris from entering the pool water. Consider investing in a winter cover pump that will remove any water from on top of the cover that may collect throughout the winter months.