End of Summer Pool Closing Checklist

Summer is a time of fun and relaxation, and for many of us, that includes spending time by the pool. As the season comes to an end, it's important to take the necessary steps to properly close your pool for the winter. Here's a checklist of tasks you should complete to ensure your pool is ready to go when summer rolls around again.

Balance the Water Chemistry

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Before closing your pool, make sure the water is properly balanced. This includes adjusting the pH, alkalinity, and calcium hardness levels, as well as shocking the water with chlorine to kill any bacteria.

Balance Water Chemistry for Pool Closing

Clean the Pool

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Brush the walls and floor of the pool to remove any algae or debris, and vacuum the pool to remove any remaining dirt or debris. Skim the surface of the pool to remove any leaves or other debris that may have fallen in.

Drain the Pool before pressure washing

Drain the Pool

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Depending on your climate, you may need to drain some or all of the water from your pool. If you live in an area where the temperature drops below freezing, it's important to completely drain the pool to prevent the water from freezing and damaging the pool's plumbing.

Winterize the Pool Equipment

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Once the pool is drained, you'll need to winterize the pool equipment, including the filter, pump, and heater. This involves draining the water from these components, removing any hoses or attachments, and storing them in a dry, protected location.

Winterize the pool equipment for power washing

Cover the Pool

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Finally, cover the pool with a sturdy pool cover to keep out debris and prevent the pool from freezing. Make sure the cover is securely fastened to prevent any wind from lifting it off.


By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your pool is properly closed for the winter and ready for summer when the warm weather returns. With a little bit of preparation and maintenance, your pool can provide years of enjoyment for you and your family.