If you live in a region of the country that freezes in winter you know that you are getting close to closing it up for the season. What exactly does it mean to close your pool though? Can you just install a cover and leave it at that or is there more that needs to be done? Learn about how to keep your pool in good condition so that it is in top shape for many summers to come.

1) To Drain or Not to Drain?
Draining the water out of your pool is one of the most daunting tasks to deal with when you close your pool for the winter. Where does that water go when you drain it? How do you get it out? How are you going to fill the pool next season? Is it safe to keep the pool empty through the winter? This all depends on the type of liner in your pool and how cold it really gets where you live. In any case, it’s a good idea to balance the chemicals of the water in your pool if you don’t plan to drain it and talk to your pool builder about the best option before you cover it.

2) Empty the Filtration System
If there is water flowing through the filters or the water pumps during the winter and it freezes, then this can damage the equipment and cause them to crack or break. You can use a Shop-Vac to pump out all of the water and ensure that the levels in the pool are below the filters. You’ll also want to ensure that all chemicals are emptied out of the feeders as these can also cause damage over the winter.

3) Cover the Pool
The cover that you purchase is a big decision when you close your pool for the winter. An oversized tarp and some bungee cord really aren’t going to do the trick. You’ll need a cover that will seal the top and edges of the pool so that no debris can get inside as leaves and snow fall during autumn and winter. These things can cause the water to become contaminated and for bacteria to grow, damaging the lining or equipment of your pool. With the cover on, you may not even see this damage until you open the pool next summer.

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Learn About Your System
These are only the simple guidelines to close your pool for the winter. There are many different types of systems that are unique. It’s a good idea to talk to your pool builders and find out all of the things that you need to know about closing your pool. Your local Premier Pools and Spas location has all of the popular covers as well as many friendly customer service professionals that are happy answer your questions about keeping your pool safe for the season. Find out how you can make sure your pool stays in top condition today!