The end of warm weather during the year usually signifies the end of the swimming pool season. After another fun season of splashing around in the pool, the time comes to cover it up until the next season rolls around. Covering your pool is essential for maintaining your prized possession for a long time and saving yourself the future hassle. Of course, this begs the question “when should I cover my swimming pool”? Let’s take a look at the best times to shut down your pool before the cold weather hits.
Shutting down your pool and covering it may not always be necessary! If you are fortunate enough to live in a climate where the weather is nice and warm all-year-round, you are set. Places like Florida, Arizona, and spots along the west coast stay warm enough for the year to where pool season never comes to an end.
Have a Pool Heater?
One big factor that can determine when to shut down your pool for the season is if you have a pool heater or not. These heaters are a double-bonus in a sense, extending your pool-time by a couple of weeks on either end of the season. For example, if you typically have your pool open from May through September, a heater can extend your time into April and October. With a heater, the standard Memorial Day to Labor Day time period may not apply to you. Plus, who doesn’t love some more time in the pool?
If your pool does not have a heater, your pool season becomes a more typical one. As mentioned, many people use the timetable of Memorial Day through Labor Day. It’s a solid method to follow if you live in a typical four-season climate. Usually, you do not want your pool open if temperatures drop below 30 degrees Fahrenheit. If you do, there’s a chance the water may freeze in both the pump and filter system. That can be costly to repair if damage is done. Winterizing your pool and draining the water from the system, but not the pool, as well as covering the pool will prevent this from happening.
Watch Out For Leaves
If you live somewhere the leaves fall and your pool has a lot of tree cover, watch out. Leaves and other debris accumulating in the pool can be cumbersome to remove and can cause damage. It’s a good idea to cover your pool before the majority of leaves from those trees fall into it.
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