It’s that time again, folks.
With the leaves beginning to fall, and temperatures beginning to drop, it’s time to start thinking about closing your pool for the colder seasons ahead, if you haven’t already.
As always, we have step-by-step instructions to guide you through this process, so that your pool is ready for winter and can be easily reopened next spring. Plus, our pool service professionals are happy to close it for you – schedule service here or give us a call.
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But, beyond the usual procedures, there are lots of other little things you can do to make your life easier when closing your swimming pool.
Imagine you’re getting ready to reopen your pool next year. The first hot weekend of the season is coming up. Your kids are eager to go for the first dip. You’re looking forward to soaking up some sun after a seemingly endless winter.
There’s just one problem: you can’t find what you need to open the pool! From chemicals to pool accessories, everything is scattered. You end up spending several hours/days trying to find everything and get the pool opened, and perhaps you don’t even get it done before the hot weekend.
Why put yourself through this?
Here are some simple tips to keep your pool gear well-organized, so that next year’s opening is a breeze.
- Designate a pool storage area. If you have a pool shed, great. If not, designate another area for your pool supplies and accessories. Consider clearing a space in your garage or basement, for example. Just make sure the space is cool, dry and well ventilated. Also, be sure it can’t be tampered with by small hands – that’s especially important when it comes to storing chemicals.
- Keep cartridges, filters and plugs in one place. If you’re removing filters and other parts from your pool, put them in a single location that’s easy to find. Consider using plastic storage baskets/shelves—ideally the kind with holes to allow air flow, in case any items aren’t fully dry. (But always make sure parts are dry before storage, so that they aren’t damaged by freezing water.)
Use the skimmer basket. The skimmer basket is a great place to keep plugs so that you won’t forget where you stored them. If you’re using other storage baskets and bins, keep the basket close by.
- Keep chemicals away from hazardous materials. If you’re storing pool chemicals in a room with other items, be careful where you place them. You should never store chemicals with flammable materials, such as gasoline, paints, fertilizers, herbicides, grease, turpentine or tile cleaners. Always keep chemicals in their original containers.
- Use bins for pool toys. Pool toys come in all shapes and sizes, which creates a disorganized mess when they’re tossed on shelves and the floor. Plastic bins are your friends. Get several, if needed, to keep all the toys neatly hidden away and stacked. This is also a great exercise for kids during the summer months: when they come out of the pool, they must return toys to the bins after they’re dry.
- Label like a boss. If you find that you’re using a lot of bins, baskets and other containers to store your pool gear, then do yourself a favor by labeling them carefully. Don’t assume you’ll remember next spring – that’s months away. Label wisely and you’ll always be able to find what you need in seconds, rather than rummaging through multiple containers.