Winterizing a pool may seem complicated, but with a little preparation, it can be a very simple and pain-free process. The Pool Supply Centre’s pool closing tips will help you close a pool quickly and easily.

Begin Winterizing One Week Before Closing Your Pool

One week prior to closing your pool, add a phosphate remover to help keep algae out and prevent any potential algae blooms.

Brush and Vacuum to Remove All Debris
Cleaning your pool before closing for the winter prevents algae and makes your spring opening even easier. Make sure to thoroughly brush the sides and floor, skim the surface and clean out the skimmer and pump baskets.

Manage Your Water Level

FREEZING AREA – Water should be 4-6 inches below: skimmer (vinyl-lined) or tile line (plaster).

Balance the Pool Chemistry 

Balance pool water using a test kit or bring a water sample to The Pool Supply Centre for analysis.

Shock and Chlorinate Your Pool
Shocking kills any bacteria that might linger in your pool during the winter. We recommend shocking a few days before you close the pool. If that is not possible, make sure to shock the pool the night before you close it for winter.

Drain Pool Lines
This prevents the costly repairs that come from burst of damaged pipes. Most pool equipment has a drain plug to allow water to drain out. Make sure that you drain the pool pump, pool filter, pool heater and any other pool equipment you may have. A small shop vac can be used to quickly blow any remaining air out of the pump and filter. We recommend storing the drain plugs in the pump basket over the winter.

Install A Safety Cover or Winter Cover
Protect your pool and family with a secure pool cover. No matter what type of cover you choose, make sure that it is tightly sealed across your pool.

Safety covers provide the highest level of protection against accidental intruders, as well as winter storm debris, since they are anchored into the surrounding deck. Take all worry out of unwanted entrance into your pool with a pool safety cover.

Winter covers, on the other hand, will not protect against people or pets from falling into the water, since they are not secured around the pool. You have the option of a mesh winter cover or solid winter cover. Mesh winter covers protect your pool from debris, while allowing water to filter through the material. This is to alleviate heavy weight caused by standing and/or freezing water. Solid winter covers create a stronger seal against debris getting in your pool, but may require a cover pump to help remove water throughout the winter.

For more information, or to have your water tested, contact the Pool Supply Centre at 416 259-5089. Located at 212 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke.

These are pool closing tips only. The Pool Supply Centre cannot be held liable for any damage.