Summer is starting to wind down, and pretty soon the leaves will begin to fall off the trees. Not long after, we’ll have snow covering the ground! It’s time to start preparing your pool for the winter months, so you can keep it clean and ready for next year.

As New Jersey’s leading residential swimming pool specialists, Alpa Pools & Spas is here to make sure that your pool is the best that it can be. As you’re preparing for the winter, you can come visit our retail location in North Haledon to stock up on supplies, or give us a call and we can get your pool ready to go with quality service.

When to Close the Pool?

One very important factor about owning a pool, is knowing exactly when you should start winter maintenance and close down the pool for the year. Once the temperatures in your area consistently reach about 65 degrees, it’s time to close the pool.

Clean, Clean, Clean

The number one thing to do before closing the pool is to make sure it is completely clean. Closing a clean pool makes sure that no bacteria, algae, or other unwanted materials will persist and grow throughout the winter. It also ensures that there will be less for you to do once it’s warm again, so you can get back to enjoying your pool much faster. To clean your pool, you’ll want to remove all debris from the water, skimmer, pump basket, and filters. Make sure nothing sank to the bottom as well! Afterwards, you should backwash your filter to clean excess contaminants from the water. If you need any cleaning materials or products, be sure to visit us for all of your needs!

Drain the Water

The amount you need to drain your pool will vary if it is an above-ground or in-ground pool, and can depend on the type of pool cover you use. Whatever you do, do not fully empty the pool. You will only be lowering the water level a few inches. Drain between one to six inches below the skimmer if you have an above-ground pool. If you have an in-ground pool, drain no more than six inches from the bottom of the skimmer. If you’re using a mesh cover for either type of pool, you will need to train between twelve and eighteen inches from your pool, since mesh covers are designed to let some water back into the pool naturally over the winter.

Balance the Water

The pH level of your pool’s water is important for clarity of the water, as well as the longevity of the pool itself and the equipment. Check the levels in your water, and balance them accordingly so the water stays sanitized throughout the winter months. You should check on this every few weeks throughout the winter and make any necessary adjustments to ensure your water is maintaining the proper balance levels.

Rely on Alpa Pools & Spas

We’re here to help you! If you’re in need of pool supplies, stop by our store and pick up what you need. If you just don’t have the time to prepare your pool yourself, give us a call and our professional team will be glad to prepare your pool for the winter.