It’s a common misconception that you should drain your pool for the winter. In fact, draining your pool can potentially damage it and should only be done in a few specific circumstances. Most of the time, when the weather cools and you are done with the pool for the year, you don’t need to drain it. Instead, learn how to close your pool properly in the fall to avoid damage to your pool and to make winterizing your pool as easy as possible.
The main reason for winterizing a pool is to protect it from the damage that the freezing of the water could cause. Another reason is so that it stays as clean as possible for the upcoming season. Learning how to close your pool the right way can save you a lot of time and work when warmer weather returns.
First, make sure the water chemistry is right. Your pH, calcium hardness, and total alkalinity should all be balanced. A winterizing chemical kit can help keep the water clear and blue for the upcoming season.
Lower the water level to just below the mouth of the skimmer. This removes the water from the throat of the skimmer, which could easily sustain damage should water left there freeze. Also remove the water from the plumbing lines using a shop vac. Be sure to plug the empty lines to prevent them from refilling.
An important part of winterizing your pool is covering it to keep debris out. There are various types of pool covers available – even custom-designed ones to fit unique pools, including those with water features and irregular shapes.
Drain the water from the filter equipment, and your pool is ready to overwinter, awaiting the first hot days of summer and the backyard fun and entertaining they will bring. Learning how to close your pool is the easy part – the hard part is waiting to open it back up.

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