Closing a saltwater pool, often known as a “perma salt pool,” for the season involves several steps to ensure that the pool remains in good condition during the off-season. Here’s a general guide:
Balance the Water Chemistry:
- Test and balance the water chemistry. Ensure that the pH, alkalinity, and calcium hardness are within the recommended ranges.
- If you have a saltwater system, also check the salinity level.
Shock the Pool:
- A few days before closing, shock the pool to kill any lingering bacteria and algae. Make sure to use a shock product that’s compatible with saltwater systems.
Clean the Pool:
- Thoroughly clean your pool. This includes brushing the walls and floor, vacuuming, and skimming the surface.
Clean the pool filter and skimmer baskets.
Lower the Water Level:
- Lower the water level below the skimmer or according to the manufacturer’s recommendation for your specific pool type. This is especially important in areas where freezing can occur.
Protect the Plumbing:
- If you’re in a region where freezing occurs, blow out the lines to remove water from the plumbing. This prevents pipes from freezing and cracking.
- Add swimming pool antifreeze to the lines if recommended.
Disconnect and Store Equipment:
- Turn off and disconnect the pool pump, filter, heater, and any other equipment.
If you have a salt chlorine generator, remove the salt cell and store it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Cover the Pool:
- Install a winter cover or safety cover to protect the pool from debris and to reduce the risk of accidents.
Monitor and Maintain:
- Throughout the off-season, periodically check the pool cover for damage or water accumulation on top.
- In warmer climates, you may need to check the water chemistry occasionally and make adjustments as necessary.
Remember, these are general guidelines and your pool or equipment may have specific needs. Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for your pool and equipment for specific closing procedures. If you’re not comfortable performing any of these steps, consider hiring a professional pool service to close your pool properly.