Tips on Closing the Pool for Fall and Winter By Elite Swimming Pool and Spa Service Staff Writer

Although much of the country sweltered under a drought during the summer of 2012, soon enough the school year will start and the season will change to cooler weather. Though pool lovers may not want to say goodbye, in most cases closing down the pool is a necessity.

During the seven days before you close your pool, keep in mind a number of important steps that should be completed:

First, bring the pH to between 7.2 and 7.6. Brush, vacuum, and shock the pool. Add long-lasting algaecide to the sanitizer after it has been readjusted. Gradually reduce the filtering times and turn off the heater.

If you live in colder regions, you should close your pool when the nighttime temperature dips into the 40s on a regular basis, with the daytime temperature reaching the 60s and low 70s.

In warmer areas, it may be difficult to completely close the pool, because the temperature remains warm enough to promote the growth of algae and bacteria. Regular maintenance is still required, though at a reduced rate. A cover will keep the area much safer and also reduce the growth of algae.

About Elite Swimming Pool & Spa Service: A full-service pool care company, Elite Swimming Pool & Spa Service offers a range of maintenance, repair, and cleaning services to customers throughout the Dallas region.

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