Wondering how to close a pool? Swimming pools are big investments so you want to make sure you close your pool and winterize it properly. Check out our video tutorial above where we show and teach you how to close a pool. Looking to get your pool closed by professionals? Give Crush a call!

First time closing your pool? Here are some pool closing tips to ensure your closing goes smoothly.

  1. Clean your pool prior to closing – a clean pool at closing will lower your chances of algae forming over the Winter/Spring (saving you $$$ in Spring clean up costs).
  2. Keep your pump running until you close – if you stop circulating the water, it is likely to turn green. In addition to that if temperatures begin to drop you risk your pipes freezing!
  3. Make sure the pool is properly balanced before closing – you don’t want to damage your pool equiptment due to improper water chemistry!
  4. Add chlorine and anti-freeze – when closing your pool these are usually the only two chemicals you need to ensure your pool is safe over the winter.
  5. Empty skimmer baskets daily prior to closing – as the leaves begin to fall you don’t want your skimmer basket overflowing with leaves, as it can strain and damage your pump.

If you have any questions or need help with your pool closing feel free to contact us!

One of the most frequently asked pool closing questions we hear at Crush is –  “when do you close a swimming pool?”. Well the answer differs based on a few factors. Let us break it down for you.

The general rule we have at Crush is you want to close the pool as late as possible (ideally sometime after Thanksgiving). The reason we suggest to close the swimming pool later is because it helps insure the water will be clear when you open the pool in the Spring (this is especially the case for safety covers).

When the weather is warm and the water is not circulating algae will form (gross). So if you choose to close your pool in September when the weather can still be warm, there is a greater chance the water can start to turn green and come next Spring your going to have some clean up to do. Think dish washing duty x 1000.

Many people choose to close the pool early because they are not using it and want to save money by not running the pump. This is a fair point but remember there will be additional chemical and cleaning costs in the Spring in order to get the water clear. If you take our advice and wait as long as possible you can usually keep your pool running well into October as long as the temperatures are not below freezing. During this time you also get the added benefit of looking at your beautiful pool instead of a winter cover, another reason to keep your pool opened longer.

Do you have more questions regarding your pool closing? Check out our pool closing page or FAQ page for all your answers!

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