How Do I Know When to Close My Pool for the Season?

You love swimming in your pool. That’s why you have one. No matter how much you like using it, however, you may not be able to use it year-round. When the weather turns cold, it’s time to start thinking about closing your pool for the season. Still, there’s no sense in closing it sooner than you have to. So, how do you know when it’s time to close your pool for the season?

What’s the Weather Like?

Weather is one of the biggest considerations when it comes to deciding whether or not to close your pool for the season. If the weather is warm enough that your water is consistently at or above 60 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s best to keep it open. Having a pool heater can extend the time you have with your pool before closing it. Once the water consistently drops below 60 degrees, microorganisms and algae can’t grow anymore. Waiting until then to close your pool can save you some work when it’s time to open it again.

Do You Have Lots of Trees Nearby?

The weather isn’t the only seasonal change to watch out for. If you have lots of trees near your pool, you can bet that plenty of leaves will make their way into your pool as the season turns. Unless you want the leaves in your pool, you’ll need to be diligent about cleaning them out. That’s a lot of maintenance to do regularly. Skip that and cover your pool before the leaves all fall.

Are You Using Your Pool Much?

As a general rule, people tend to enjoy swimming less when the air, and consequently the water, is cooler. If you’re one of them, you may find yourself using your pool less and less as things cool down. That’s another good sign that it’s time to close the pool for the season. There’s no sense in leaving your pool open and doing all that maintenance if you aren’t using it. You might as well close it.

If you want to get as much use out of your pool as possible, you need to know when it’s good to keep it open and when it’s time to close it for the season. Closing your pool at the right time reduces the chances of water freezing in pipes and other delicate equipment. It also reduces the amount of work you’ll need to do when you open your pool up again. Don’t close too early or too late. Your pool (and your wallet) will thank you.

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