The better you close your pool, the better it will open and the fewer problems you
will have.  Do NOT just say, “I’m done with this season”, throw the cover on and
walk away.  It is critical that you:

1.  Make sure ALL chemicals are at their correct levels – EVEN IF YOU ARE SPENING
MONEY TO CLOSE YOUR POOL. Low pH and Alkalinity can result in disastrous issues upon
opening, including a wrinkled liner, severe staining, pitted or scaled surfaces, and
more.  Spend the money now so you don’t have to spend 4 times more or greater in the
spring to hopefully correct your problem

2.  Vacuum all debris from your pool before closing.  Putting it to bed dirty means
it’s guaranteed to open dirty. Little elves don’t come in the winter and clean it
for you.

3.  GET RID OF ALL ALGAE.  Closing green means opening green – or worse. Those same
elves don’t eat algae either.

4.  Use a good cover when closing your pool, WITH THE PROPER ACCESSORIES.  Winter
covers with holes and tears only allow leaves and debris to pour right through and
dirty your pool or form algae.  Patches are available for smaller holes.  Winter
covers designed to be used with water tubes, cables and the likes should NOT be
replaced with cinder blocks, water trays, 4×4 treated lumber and the likes.  These
items only wind up in the bottom of your pool on windy, rainy days – tearing your
liner, cracking your gunite, or putting a hole in your above ground walls.  Use the
proper equipment.

Though it sounds ironic, your pool should be in the best condition of the year when
you close. And if you don’t have the time – hire a professional.  It’s worth every penny you
invested in building your pool.

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