Close Down The Pool Completely

by Yan

I am planning to close down the pool whole year round for the long term. Simply because we don't use the pool but we want to keep the pool as a feature to our house.

I heard we can use safety cover for this purpose. Is it true? Is there any drawbacks for using the safety cover? Or is there a better way we can consider?

Thank you so much in advance!

Thanks for the question Yan

The answer is yes, you can use a safety cover. They come in many shapes and sizes so you can get the one that fits your pool. I will assume you have an inground pool.

As with anything there are drawbacks. A good safety cover will have anchors that you'll need to attach to the deck around the pool. It normally can take 2 - 3 people to install it.

A couple of things you'll need to keep in mind. Any pool that is closed down for longer than regular Winter closing will have more of a mess to clean up the next time it's opened. Be prepared for lots of algae and shocking.

Next is the reduced water level due to evaporation. You're going to lose water, especially during the hot Summer months. Keep the water level just below the skimmer. You don't want alot of dry surface area. Vinyl can tear away and plaster can crack.

To post a reply, or if you have a similar question, you can see your post on the Q&A page in the "Closing/Winterize A Pool" category.

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Hope this helps.


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Winterization Of A Commercial Pool

I am an employee of a local pool and tennis club. The club has a 176,000 gallon commercial pool. We do not have the money to hire a company to winterize it this year, so we are attempting to do it ourselves.

There are many skimmers and a very large main drain at the bottom of a ten-foot deep end. Could you give me some sort of step-by-step?

Is this even possible for someone besides a pool company? We have a DE filter system.

Please get back to me.


Thanks for the question

It looks like you've already been on the pool closing page:

Pool Winterization

This page, along with the videos, gives a step-by-step guide on how to close your swimming pool for the Winter.

I do say this on the page:

"If you're the least bit unsure of what to do or are not experienced in swimming pool closing or how to winterize a swimming pool, I highly recommend hiring a swimming pool professional."

It's not too difficult, but it needs to be done correctly.

One of the issues with your pool, I would say, is properly blowing out the lines. This needs to be done in order to keep the lines from freezing. I will assume your pool is outside being that you're asking about how to winterize the pool.

Many times people opt to use a non toxic anti-freeze for the lines. While this is certainly a way to go, when it comes time to open the pool in Spring, you'll open the lines again and all of the anti-freeze goes into the pool.

Again, I would encourage you to go to the page above, follow the directions and watch the videos. Anything I say here would be repeating myself on the page above.

Hope this helps and good luck with your pool.


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Very Confused On Winterizing Above Ground Pool

by Traci

Can you please help me with winterizing my above ground pool? This is the first year we have had one and every website says something different.

I do not want to drain the pool nor lower the water due to running the filter.

Please help!!

Thanks for the question Traci

You don't need to lower the water level or drain the pool to winterize it. By following the techniques on my pool winterization page, you shouldn't have any problems.

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The question says that there's alot of info. on the internet concerning how to close a pool for winter. I know this is the case, but much of it is the same information, just presented in a different manner.

It's important to close as late as you can and open as early as you can. Many people close the pool too early and this leads to algae that could be prevented.

If you have a specific question, I'm more than willing to answer it and help you. By giving you all of the details I'll just be repeating myself on what can be found on the above link.

Good luck with you pool this winter.


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