Dos and Donts
| Part of maintaining a swimming pool, spa or hot tub includes preparing it for those months when you won’t be using it. Also referred to as “closing your pool,” or “pool closing,” the time to tackle this task varies, depending on the climate or region in which you live. Most experts believe that pools should be closed for the season when nighttime temperatures are in the 40s and daytime highs are in the mid 60s to low 70s. If you close it too soon, you risk the possibility of algae overgrowth. If you wait until trees really start to shed their leaves, obviously you’ve got a big mess to contend with.
Note: if your cover has a hole in it, you will be pumping water out of the swimming pool. This can lead to draining the pool if you do not watch for this. Remove any freeze plugs, Gizzmo’s, and other items installed to protect against freezing. SE Pools staff was recently asked a question about pool closing since this is December this would be the appropriate time to address in-ground swimming pools.
SE Pools knows if you are a snow bird you absolutely need to close your northern in ground pool during the winter months. However they also know if you own an in-ground pool in Florida it is NOT necessary to close your pool for winter months.
SE Pools will water test your pools during the winter months at absolutely no cost. As long as this procedure is done the algae will not accumulate. SE Pools staff wants you to know it’s not necessary to close your Florida pools.