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How to Plan for National Pool Closing Day

As summer bids farewell and the leaves begin to change, it can only mean one thing — National Pool Closing Day is just around the corner! At Bonnie & Clydes Pools and Spas, we’re here to guide you through the process of closing your pool and preparing it for the colder months ahead.

Step 1: Circle Your Pool Closing Date on Your Calendar

The third Saturday in September is a special day for all pool owners — National Pool Closing Day! This year, that falls on September 16th, 2023. Mark it on your calendar to ensure you have ample time to get your pool ready for the winter. Having a specific date in mind will help you plan and prepare effectively.

Step 2: Assemble the Necessary Supplies

To guarantee a smooth and successful pool closing, it’s essential to gather all the required supplies in advance. At Bonnie & Clyde’s, we recommend getting a winter pool cover, winterizing chemicals, a pool cover pump, and a pool brush. These items will safeguard your pool from the harsh winter weather and make the reopening process hassle-free when spring arrives.

Step 3: Balance and Clean Your Pool Water

Before closing your pool, it’s crucial to ensure the water is properly balanced. Check the pH, chlorine levels, and alkalinity to maintain the right chemical balance. A few days before closing, shock the pool to eliminate any lingering contaminants. Take the time to give your pool a thorough cleaning, removing debris, leaves, and any dirt that may have accumulated during the summer.

Step 4: Lower the Water Level

To avoid potential damage caused by freezing, it’s important to lower the water level in your pool. We recommend draining the water below the skimmer level but be careful not to completely drain the pool, as this could lead to structural problems. Lowering the water level also facilitates blowing out the equipment lines effectively.

Step 5: Winterize Your Above Ground Pool

One of the most critical steps in preparing your pool for winter is to winterize the entire system. If you’re uncertain about how to do this, don’t fret – you can rely on the expertise of Bonnie & Clydes professional technicians to educate you on the matter. Winterizing prevents water from freezing inside the equipment, which could lead to expensive repairs in the spring.

Step 6: Install the Winter Cover

With your pool cleaned, balanced, and winterized, it’s time to install the winter cover. Make sure it fits snugly and securely over the pool, safeguarding it from leaves, debris, and snow throughout the colder months.

Step 7: Regular Maintenance During Winter

Even though your pool is closed for the season, it still requires some attention during the winter months. Remove any excess snow from the cover to prevent damage and check the cover for any tears or holes that need repairing.

Step 8: Get Ready for Spring

As winter comes to a close and the warmth of spring beckons, you’ll be eagerly anticipating the grand reopening of your pool. When the time comes to open your pool again, remember to check the water chemistry, clean the pool thoroughly, and remove the winter cover carefully.

Remember, the team at Bonnie & Clydes Pools and Spas is here to assist you every step of the way. If you have any questions or need help with pool closing or opening, don’t hesitate to reach out to our experts. We take pride in ensuring that your pool remains in top condition throughout the year.

So, let’s celebrate National Pool Closing Day with a sense of accomplishment, knowing that your pool is prepared to face the winter months with resilience. Happy pool closing, everyone!