When it comes to closing your pool for the season there a few things you need to do to make sure your water stays clears during the off-season.
We discuss the 12 steps that are a must when closing your pool to give you the best re-opening experience the following season.
By following the advice we mention in this podcast, you can be sure you will have much easier and less costly opening experience the following season.
You can find these 12 steps on our blog site at https://easyclearpool.com/closing.
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Welcome back to the Easy Clear Pool Podcast. My name is JohnDolores:
And I am Dolores, and this is episode number four, [Intro] Today's topic we are giving 12 steps close the pool for the season.John:
Yes. As it is coming closer and closer to closing the pool for many people, unless of course you live in far South, Texas, or Florida, or somewhere where it's warm. You're probably thinking about closing your pool if you haven't already. So we're going to go ahead and go over 12 steps to close up your above ground pool. It'll also work for your underground pool on most of these steps as well, and what you should do and consider before, during and after closing your pool for the first step that we're going to talk about here is balancing your swimming pools water. Now, this is important because you want to make sure that the water balances is a pH alkalinity. Calcium is all within the proper ranges that away during the off season, when you open it, it won't be too hard to get the water balance correctly. The pool water should stay clear. It shouldn't damage your liner or anything during the off season. And you'll want to make sure your pH is right around 7.2 to 7.6 parts per million. And your alkalinity is between 80 and 120 parts per million. And your calcium somewhere between 150 to 400, I usually shoot for right around 200 or so on your hardness . So the first step should just be bouncing your pool what you should do regularly. So that should not be too big of a deal, but instead of just closing it and say, I'll just mess with it next year. Go ahead and try to get all that in line first, before you consider closing your pool. And the next step isDolores:
Wait until your water temp is below 65 degrees.John:
Yeah. So you want to make sure your water temperature is Cody enough so that algae can not grow once the temperature is below 65 degrees, especially 60 degrees. Algae will not form in your pool. So that'll way it's best to do that. If you close your pool and it's 70 degrees, then algebra started growing on the covers on, and you're going to open a green pool . So as always say, don't think of closing your pole when it's too cold to swim. Thank you. Closing your pool when algae can no longer thrive in the water, just go ahead and continue adding chlorine until the water temperature is a little bit cooler. Step number three is going to be to skin your pull surface . Pretty simple. Just make sure all the leaves are off the pool. There's no floating debris, grass, dirt bugs, just kind of scamming . You're pulling your pumpkin , do this. Do you have a good scammer? And just go ahead and run your pump a couple hours. Let it go ahead and really get the surface clean. And then you'll be able to go ahead and next, which follows us into step four,Dolores:
Which is vacuum your pool's bottom.John:
And then you'll want to just go ahead and make sure that it's completely clean on the bottom and everything is clear. So at this point you should have the bottom clean. You should have the top clean surface and everything. So the first four steps is basically just routine maintenance , uh , after you know, your water temperatures cool enough to close. And then after that, you're just going to want to go ahead and go to step five,Dolores:
Which is claim the pool's filter. Yeah .John:
And that's just going to simply be, if you have a sand filter, you'll want to go ahead and back, wash it for about two minutes, rants it, maybe backwards should again, and then rents it couple of times. If you have a cartridge filter, you'll want to take the filter out and make sure you spray it down real good, make sure it's completely clean, but whatever filter you have, just make sure that you have completely cleaned it. And just like you would regularly every week or two in any way . And you want to make sure that it's clean so that when you shut the pool down, it is completely ready to go. Next season, once you open the poolDolores:
And then shock your pool,John:
Step number six would be to shock your pool. And you can do this just like you normally would. You could add a little extra and if you'd like, just shock it real good, and you'll want to do this and run your pool for, you know , two to four hours after you shock it. Uh , you might do it the day before you close it. But if you have a lot of things that may get you pull , you may or may not want to do that, but just go ahead and shop your pool, let it run a while and that'll kill any remaining of bacteria, any last things that are in your pool. And then when you put the cover on that , uh , shock will stay in it for quite some time. And then step number seven,Dolores:
You could either plug your skimmer or you could drain the water below the swimming pool skimmer,John:
Right? So you want to plug your skimmer up or a drop down the water because you're going to have to get all the water out of the lines and you can do this a couple of ways. One way to do it would be to use a submersible pump, throw in there and start just removing water. If you have a sand filter, you can back wash it or just put it on waste mode and just let the water drain down until there's no more water in the skimmer. Uh, you could just disconnect a hose and let the water start to pour out of the hose. Now, if you're going to plug it, you can get something from your pool store for most pools to where you can actually plug the skimmer. And at this point you can enter your hoses and you won't lose any water and you can actually keep your pool completely full during the off season. Then next season you would put your hoses back in, remove the plug. So the main takeaway on this is you want to make sure you get all the water out of the hoses so that nothing will freeze. If you live in an area where the water temperature falls below freezing and bust your pipes, your lines pump, and then you would have an expensive repair to start the season next year,Dolores:
Make sure that you disconnect all your hosesJohn:
And that leads us into step number eight, disconnect all your houses after you have it plugged up or drain below the skimmer. You'll just want to remove all the hoses from the pool so that , uh, uh, you're gonna then make sure all the water comes out of the hoses. If you have a sand filter, you'll want to take the , uh , drain off of the sand filter on the bottom, let all the water just dry out your system. So there's no water in it at all your pump and everything else made sure is completely water free ,Dolores:
Then turn off and disconnect.John:
Yeah. So step nine is to make sure you turn off and disconnect all of your power to you'll unplug it from the power outlet, remove your pump and everything like that. You could actually do this before step eight, but either way, just make sure that you disconnect your power. And then , uh , at this point, you're going to go into step 10, which is the simple, and just remove the pump. I recommend you go ahead and disconnect the pump from , uh , the , uh , uh , filter. If you have a garage, go ahead and place it in doors or a shed or something , uh , for Barkley in an indoor environment where it's not going to get real code , uh , if possible, but if not, you can leave it out there. Maybe cover it up, but it's best to try to bring that in doors, because if you get rain freezing rain or anything on that, it could possibly damage your pump. If it gets covered in snow during the off season , uh , uh, there's some plastic parts on the, on the , uh, strainer on it or something that could actually crack or bust during the code month. So step 10, just go ahead and remove the pump, place it in doors. Step number 11 is pretty simple. It's an optional step. You don't necessarily have to do this one, but I recommend you place an air pillow in the middle of your pool. And what this is going to do is be on you're pulling. This would only apply to above ground pools. If you have an underground pool , you probably wouldn't need to do this, but this is going to go ahead and be in the middle of your pool. So when you place the cover on it, we'll raise it up slightly. So if it rains or snows, it helps keep pressure from getting on the side of your pool. It's going to go ahead and relieve pressure on your sidewalls. So I'll recommended a air pillow, and most of them will have a way you can put a long rope on the corners of it and possibly just tie it on the side of your pool somehow, so that it stays in the center. Or you can just try to keep it in the center. But if he gets you a rope and tile on both sides of the pole, that will allow that air pillow to actually stay in your pool, a right in the center or wherever it is that you want. And if you have a real big pull , you could even use two air pillows. We have like a 30 foot round pool or something, but one air pillow typically does fine for a 24 foot for the round pool or less, no problem. And then the last step in the easy or not so easy step that it gets some people with it is to cover your pool with a pool cover. And you'll just team up with you and your friends or family. Get about four of you, get all around it and go ahead and put that pool cover over the pool, secure it, tighten, tighten it down. And you're pretty much done with all of the steps that you need to close your pool for the winter.Dolores:
You can hit all these [email protected] slash closing pull Tippett .John:
Dan , the 10 bit tip for this episode is to go ahead and get a pull cover sale also to go around the pool for above ground pools. And this is a little seal. You just basically wrap around the pool and you'll just wrap it around the edge of the pool about four or five times until it completely runs out. It's it's going to go ahead and prevent dirt debris from getting in your pool cover. During the off season, you'll pull it real tight. You can Google blue wave a winter seal cover to see , uh , what we're talking about, or you can also look it up on Amazon. It's not very expensive and it will also help secure the cover and also , um, uh, kinda keep stuff from getting in the pool. So we'd like to use that , uh, at the file part of closing the pool.Dolores:
Okay. Now I have a question from Kimberly John. It says, what is the easiest way to drain your pool below the skimmer?John:
We mentioned in this episode, I believe it was on step seven to drain your water. You can do it a few ways. You can use a submersible pump. It's going to depend on your pool , kind of a what, what option you need to use, but if you could just get a submersible pump and put in there and just start pumping it out with a water hose, just be sure you watch it so that it doesn't completely drank until it gets just below the scammer and water's going to evaporate. So next season, it may be a lot for them , a little bit scammer than when you cover it. Or the other option would be to just go ahead and disconnect , uh , a hose and just let it go ahead and drain out. And you can do that really. It depends on you, but either one of those options will work just fine. But when you talk about the easiest, if you have a submersible pump, that's probably the easiest, and then you can take a water hose over away from your pool. So it doesn't flood the area and then just turn it off. But when you're below the pole skimmer, okay,Dolores:
Well, don't forget to ask questions on our podcasts , email [email protected] or leave a voicemail at (405) 804-1377.John:
Yes. And if you leave a voicemail, that phone number that (405) 804-1377 . You can ask any question, we'll place it on the podcast. Or if you don't want to ask a question, you can just leave a comment about an episode or a , just a , a brief comment or something. And we'll add that to the podcast as well. So this pretty much episode was all about closing your pull of basically you follow those 12 steps. Step number one, balance your pools water. Make sure on step two, the water temperature is below 65 degrees, a three and four is skim your pool surface that vacuum your pools . Bottom five is clean your pools filter. Then number six is shocked your pools water so that you make sure you do one last final shock a few hours before closing. Go ahead and after that drain your pools water , uh , below the skimmer or plug the skimmer number eight was to disconnect all hoses and number nine, turn off and disconnect. The power pump , uh, TN was removed pump and placed in doors and number 11 optional but bad air pillow in the middle of an above ground pool. And, and the final step is to cover the pole cover. And if you wish, maybe add a cover seal winter cover seal around the pool,Dolores:
And don't forget you can get all these tips at easyclearpool.com/closing.John:
That's right. So check out all those tips there. If you need to review these steps, you can do it real easily on our website. Also, if you have a soft tab, that was our podcast episode number three from last week, and we talk about draining and refilling our softa . Uh , so check that episode out and then next week, get ready. We're going to go ahead and tell you for people that really don't want to ever close their pool, and you can do this for a couple of reasons. Maybe you live in an area that is warmer climates, and it really never gets all that code. And you can leave your pool open year round, or if you live in an area to where it does freeze or get cold, we're going to talk about three types of heaters. You can actually add to your swimming pool , uh , so that you can keep it open even during the winter months with warm water. So I guess that's it for this episode. Thank you for listening to this podcast, share this podcast, go ahead and subscribe and don't forget to rate it.