With the cooler temperatures creeping in, landscapes around us are changing. Colors are changing, the air carries a chill, and homeowners are determining when to close pool for the season. This time of year brings change, the holidays, busier schedules and closes out the year.
Tips for Determining When to Close Pool for the Season
We find homeowners frequently ask us if it is time to close up their pool and backyard for the late fall or winter months. Gardens get cut back, beds are cleaned out, debris is cleared, and pool covers are put on. Getting your property ready for the change of seasons, requires some work and expertise. As it goes for most things, maintenance and care are necessary for longevity. Working with professionals helps to instill a routine that will best work for your property.
Deciding when to close pool is up to a homeowner’s discretion. However, there are variables to keep in mind to choose the best timing for you. Depending on the trees surrounding your pool, you may experience debris starting late summer. While leaves are falling, acorns, pollen, the trees change, the pool will need more frequent cleaning. Many homeowners prefer the view of the pool later into the season, especially when their pool or waterfall serve as the focal point from outside their windows. Turning the heater off can help to save money if you wish to keep the pool uncovered longer for the view.
When it comes to winterizing your pool, or deciding when to close pool, be sure to clean the pool of all debris. Anything left in a pool over the winter months will sink to the bottom and stain the plaster. It is important to have a professional close the pool to make sure pipes are blown out, the gas lines are shut, and electrical breakers have been taken care of. Given the extreme temperatures that winter brings on the East Coast, be sure to keep your water level below the tile line. Water will rise once it is buried under freezing rain and snow, causing damage to tiles—especially glass tiles—as well as coping.
Pool Cover Benefits
A pool cover benefits in many ways. First and foremost, it is the best way to protect your investment. Properly when to close pool for the winter months helps to keep the coping, tiles and equipment safe through the harsh weather. When it comes to wildlife in the area, a pool cover helps keep animals from falling into freezing or frozen water. Covering your pool for the season prevents any injuries, or damage to your pool or family members. Opening your pool come late spring, is a much easier and seamless process after it has been protected all winter long.
We work with our clients to provide the steps necessary when to close pool for the season arrives. We are here to advise in the proper care and address any questions they may have in the process. If you are interested in learning more about the pool process, or are interested in a new pool project for 2019, feel free to contact us today.