That’s a question that we get asked pretty frequently around here…especially as we enter into the fall months. When you’re in an area that experiences temperamental weather (like Nebraska) seasonal weather can often times be quite unseasonable, which is why it tends to make some sense to close your pool according to temperature as opposed to a date on the calendar.
If you’re in an area that has to endure long periods of freezing weather (again, like Nebraska) you’ll want to cover your pool and winterize the piping and filtration equipment before the danger of freezing temperatures occur. And, while methods of winterizing may differ from one pool to the next, it’s always preferable to be overly cautious and take the extra steps to minimize trapped water in pipes or other equipment that could be exposed to freezing temps. One REALLY important item to remember is this: closing your pool prematurely will only lead to more work and expense when it’s time to open your pool in the spring. Why is this? Well, for starters, water needs to be consistently below 65 degrees to reduce algae growth and other problems.
Treat water issues before you close so you can rest easy all winter long – adding additional chlorine and algaecide in the late fall early/winter can help ensure protection through to the spring opening. Algae typically only goes from bad to worse and, in the end, is more costly to clean up. Cleaning up algae can also cut into valuable swimming time in spring AND turn your pool into a haven for both mosquitoes and nasty green water. On top of all this, metals that aren’t treated and that are in the pool water for several months can result in ugly stains that might not be easy to remove. In fact, they could very well become permanent which is NOT something you want to have happen.
It’s also critical to maintain proper water levels throughout the winter to help support the weight of the cover and prevent excess wear. This is even more important during periods of heavy snow build up on top of the cover. It’s important to note that the water levels for mesh covers and solid covers usually vary slightly, so you’ll want to check with your pool dealer or safety cover manufacturer for their exact recommendations based on the type of cover you have. So, what’s the bottom line? Well, you’ll want to leave your pool open as long as possible to get the full enjoyment out of your investment. But, remember, DON’T DELAY once freezing weather is on the way – damage repairs due to freezing can be costly! Thinking that maybe closing your own pool isn’t for you, or just don’t have the time? Give us a call! The pool experts here at Bonsall Pool and Spa are ready and waiting to help you with all your pool and spa needs!