Pool Closings 101 with Big Becks: Ensuring Safety & Longevity

Autumn leaves floating in the air, a slight chill in the early mornings, and cozy evenings wrapped in a blanket – all signs that winter is fast approaching. And for pool owners, it signals another crucial task: pool closing. Properly winterizing your pool is vital not only for safety but also for ensuring its longevity. Join us, Big Becks, as we dive into the comprehensive guide to pool closings.

Why is Pool Closing Important?

Pool closing, often termed as ‘winterizing,’ is essential for a variety of reasons:

  • Protection Against Damage: Freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your pool’s plumbing system. Water expands when it freezes, and this can cause cracks in the pipes and even in the pool’s structure.
  • Safety: An open pool, especially one covered in leaves and debris, poses a significant safety risk.
  • Maintaining Water Quality: A properly closed pool will keep the water cleaner, making reopening the pool in the spring much easier.

Steps to Properly Close Your Pool with Big Becks

  1. Balance the Water Chemistry: Before closing, ensure that the pool’s pH, alkalinity, and calcium hardness are balanced. This prevents corrosion and scale buildup.
  2. Clean Thoroughly: Brush and vacuum the pool to remove any lingering debris, algae, or dirt.
  3. Lower the Water Level: For vinyl liner pools, lower the water to just below the skimmer. For solid surface pools, dropping the water level 18-24 inches below the tile line is recommended.
  4. Winterize the Plumbing: Blow out any remaining water from the plumbing lines using an air compressor. Seal off the lines with expandable plugs.
  5. Add Winterizing Chemicals: These chemicals prevent algae growth and protect the pool from potential stains and scale build-up.
  6. Cover the Pool: A good quality pool cover protects against debris and reduces the risk of accidental drowning. Mesh covers are ideal as they allow rainwater through but block larger debris.

Common Misconceptions About Pool Closings

  • “It’s okay to leave the water level high.” No, leaving water at the regular level or higher can lead to freezing damage.
  • “Pool covers are optional.” While they might seem so, covers are crucial to keeping debris out and ensuring safety.
  • “You can skip the chemicals if you’re reopening in a few months.” Proper winterizing chemicals ensure that the water quality is maintained throughout the closure.

Tips from Big Becks

  • Start Early: Begin the pool closing process a week in advance. This allows ample time for the water to balance after the addition of chemicals.
  • Invest in a Quality Cover: A good pool cover can last several seasons and offers better protection.
  • Check Equipment: Before closing, inspect your pool equipment. Look for signs of wear and tear. Addressing issues now can save you time and money in the spring.

Reaping the Benefits of a Properly Closed Pool

Come spring, a pool that’s been effectively winterized is much easier to open. The water quality is better, equipment is in top condition, and there’s no significant damage to repair.

At Big Becks, we’ve seen the repercussions of improperly closed pools – from green, murky water to hefty repair bills. But we’ve also witnessed the sheer joy of pool owners who took the time to winterize their pools properly, making their springtime pool prep a breeze.

In Conclusion

Closing a pool might seem like a daunting task. However, with a little preparation and by following the steps above, you can ensure that your pool remains safe, clean, and ready for the next season. Remember, a small investment in time and care now can save you a lot in the long run. And as always, Big Becks is here to help. Dive into a hassle-free winter with our expert tips and stay tuned for more insights. Safe swimming!


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