When Should You Close Your Pool?
Swimming weather usually
lasts through August in our area, and often into September. There is
usually no real risk of freezing until after Thanksgiving, so there is
no reason to hurry up and close your pool. You can wait as long as you
like, but many pools are closed immediately after the kids return to
school with the remainder of them being closed by the middle of October.
One of the biggest factors in determining when to close your pool are how many
trees you have and which type of cover you have. If you have very many
trees in your yard, once the leaves start falling, you may find that you
may have to clean out your skimmers baskets and your automatic cleaner
as much as 2-3 times a day. If you cannot keep up with this, you may
want to close earlier instead of later.
If you have a mesh cover,
remember to "close late and open early" to minimize the algae growth
that can occur because sunlight passes through the mesh. Some folks that
have a mesh cover will put the cover on as soon as the leaves start
falling, but will leave the pool operating underneath. That way, if we
have a nice weekend, they can pull off the cover and enjoy the pool
If you have a solid cover, you can close earlier. Some
folks with solid covers wait until most of the leaves have fallen before
they close because they find it easier to keep the pool clean than to
scoop the leaves off the top of the cover.
Regardless of what type
of cover you have, the less time that your pool is dormant, the fewer
problems that you will have during the rest of the year. Plus, the pool
looks so much better when it is running. So why not try and extend your
poolside season. If we are lucky, we'll have a couple of nice evenings
where you can sit out next to the pool and enjoy a drink or have dinner
with the family. And an Indian summer could mean that the kids can keep
swimming into October.
When the season finally comes into an end, be sure to check out our full line of pool closing products at the lowest prices!