Even though you have plenty of time left in the Texas swimming pool season, you may want to start thinking about how to properly prepare your pool to be closed for the season. Properly preparing your pool for winter is crucial for keeping the pool’s structure, plumbing and equipment in the best shape. Paradise Oasis Pools has compiled a few tips on what you should do to close your pool when the time comes this year.
Paradise Oasis Pools Tip #1:Knowing When to Start Closing Your Pool
Texas pool owners should begin testing the water of the pool one week before fulling winterizing it. Start checking the weather forecast regularly, beginning in September and make sure that you leave yourself enough time to close the pool before the temperatures sink below freezing.
Paradise Oasis Pools Tip #2:Deciding Whether or Not to Empty Your Pool
It’s always ideal to keep your pool full rather than drain it. Draining a pool without considering the proper precautions can result in the build up hydrostatic pressure, which can completely destroy in-ground concrete pools.
Paradise Oasis Pools Tip 3#: Cleaning the Water
On the day that you plan on officially closing your pool, take the time to vacuum all areas of the pool thoroughly. Examine your pool filter and see whether or not it has a “waste indicator”. If not, make sure that the vacuum is kept only on the “filter” position.
Next, the water will need to be treated. This includes balancing the following:
- pH levels
- Calcium hardness
- Total alkalinity
Paradise Oasis Pools Tip #4: Winterizing Treatment
Winterizing treatment might not be necessary for your Texas swimming pool, but they are a “must” for anyone who lives in a colder climate, as the water in your pool can become corrosive when temperatures dip below 28°F.
Paradise Oasis Pools Tip #5: Lowering Your Pool Water
The type of cover you’ll be placing over your pool will determine if you should lower the water level.
If you are using Vinyl-Lined Covers then you should lower your pool water 1 inch below the skimmer mouth (or more if you receive heavy snow and/or rain during the fall/winter).
Those using Painted/Natural Finish Solid Material Covers should lower pool water 6 inches below the skimmer mouth.
One to six inches below either the file the tile line or the skimmer mouth (whichever is lower) is ideal for Plaster Finish Solid Material Covers.
Using Automatic Covers requires maintaining a water level that is at around the same level as the bottom of the skimmer mouth.
These are just the basic end of the Texas pool season tips. Don’t hesitate to contact us here at Paradise Oasis Pools with the link below for more information!