Long Island Pool Winterization Checklist: Steps for a Hassle-Free Closing

As autumn ushers in cooler temperatures and changing leaves, it’s time for Long Island pool owners to start thinking about winterizing their pools. Proper pool winterization is essential to protect your investment and ensure a smooth reopening when spring arrives. To help you navigate this process, we’ve created a step-by-step checklist tailored to Long Island’s unique climate. By following these tasks, you can ensure a hassle-free pool closing that preserves the condition of your pool and equipment throughout the colder months.

Step 1: Thorough Cleaning

  1. Skim and Vacuum: Remove leaves, debris, and dirt from the pool’s surface using a skimmer and vacuum. A clean pool will make winterization more effective.
  2. Brush Walls and Floor: Use a pool brush to scrub the walls and floor, eliminating any algae or grime that could potentially linger over the winter.

Step 2: Water Chemistry

  1. Balance Chemicals: Test and adjust the pool’s pH, alkalinity, and calcium hardness levels to ensure they are within the recommended ranges. Balanced water chemistry protects your pool and equipment.
  2. Add Winter Chemicals: Add winterizing chemicals as recommended by your pool professional. These chemicals help prevent algae growth and protect the water during the winter months.

Step 3: Lower Water Levels

  1. Lower the Water: Drain the pool water to about 18-24 inches below the coping or tile line. This prevents water from freezing and potentially damaging the pool structure.
  2. Drain Equipment: Ensure that pumps, filters, heaters, and other equipment are properly drained to prevent freezing and damage.

Step 4: Winter Cover

  1. Clean and Dry Cover: If you’re using an existing pool cover, make sure it’s clean and dry before storing it for the winter.
  2. Choose the Right Cover: Select a mesh or solid cover based on your preferences. Ensure the cover fits snugly and is secured properly to prevent debris from entering the pool.

Step 5: Additional Steps

  1. Winterize Plumbing: Blow out the pool’s plumbing lines to remove any water that could freeze and cause damage.
  2. Remove Accessories: Store pool accessories like ladders, toys, and skimmer baskets to protect them from winter weather.
  3. Secure Pool Equipment: Cover exposed pool equipment with protective covers to shield them from the elements.

Step 6: Ongoing Maintenance

  1. Monitor Water Level: Throughout the winter, keep an eye on the water level to prevent it from rising due to rain or snowmelt.
  2. Remove Debris: Regularly remove leaves and debris from the cover to prevent them from sinking into the pool.
  3. Check Cover: Periodically inspect the cover’s condition to ensure it’s still securely in place and free from tears.


Preparing your Long Island pool for winter doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By following this comprehensive checklist, you can ensure a smooth and hassle-free pool closing that protects your investment and makes spring opening a breeze. At Big Becks, we understand the importance of proper pool winterization, and our expert services are here to support you through every step of the process. Contact us today to schedule your pool winterization and ensure a worry-free off-season for your pool.


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