Summer always flies by, but how can we already be talking about winterizing your pool?  We've put together our top tips for hassle-free pool closing.

1. Clean Out The Pool

Start by cleaning out any leaves, dirt, insects, or other debris. Vacuum the pool and scrub the walls.

2. Balance the Water

Protect your pool from corrosion by balancing the water. Adjust the water chemistry to the recommended levels of pH, alkalinity, and chlorination. Once the pool chemistry has been balanced, add the recommended winterizing chemicals. If you aren't sure what chemicals to add, your local pool retailer can help you!

3. Remove Equipment

Remove any ladders, rails, skimmer baskets, wall fittings, hoses and cleaners. Clean and dry them, and store them in a dry space. Now is also a great time to store all of your outdoor furniture and accessories to prevent weathering.

4. Lower the Water Level

Most winter covers require you to lower the water level 4"-6" below the skimmer. Check the recommendations of your pool cover manufacturer for details.

5. Drain Pump and Heater

Make sure all of the water is drained from the pump and filters before disconnecting them. You can use an air compressor to be sure there is no standing water in the system. Also, be sure to remove the drain plugs.

6. Protect Your Pipes

Use a wet-dry shop vac or air compressor to blow all of the water out of your pipes. Tightly plug the fitting below the water line.

If you opt not to clear your pipes, you can also add swimming pool antifreeze to the pipes to prevent freezing. Finish by wrapping any exposed pipes with an insulating material.

7. Cover the Pool

There are many options for winter pool covers... be sure you select one that works well for your pool and local climate.  Follow the included instructions closely for the best fit.

Tell us: when do you usually close your pool for the winter?

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