We hate to even mention it, but closing season is approaching us (all too fast, we know!). As we mentioned in our August e-newsletter, NOW is the time to schedule your closing in order to secure the date you want. However, you might be wondering…when exactly is the best time to schedule this said closing? Or when should I pull out my closing kit if I’m doing the work myself?
Luckily, there are a few key factors that you can use to determine the best time to close your pool. Here’s what you need to know:
1. There is Such a Thing as Closing too Early
Most people don’t realize that it is possible to close your pool too early. Of course you’ll want to enjoy your backyard as long as possible, but closing your pool while the weather is still warm also puts you at a risk of burning through your winterizing chemicals before you open again in the spring. In other words, your water might turn green! ?
A good rule of thumb is to close the pool late and open early. But when exactly is “late” enough? If the weather is consistently falling below 60-65 degrees, it’s probably time to close. These colder temperatures decrease the likelihood of algae growth and can help ward off water chemistry problems when you open in the spring.
2. Foliage is Also a Factor
In addition to the weather, the amount of falling leaves in your backyard can also impact the ideal time to close your pool. If you live in a heavily wooded area, you may not want to have to deal with the more frequent cleaning requirements and added water chemistry work that can come when debris starts to fall into your pool. Therefore, you may close a bit earlier than someone who is not affected by this aspect of the changing season.
3. Personal Preference Matters
Last but not least, personal preference does play a role in when you decide to close your pool for the season. You’ll want to place emphasis on both the temperature and foliage factors, but also take your lifestyle and budget into consideration, too. For example, is it worth the time and/or added chemical expense of keeping the pool open longer if it’s getting flooded with falling leaves? If you’re up for a bit of work, the answer may be yes! It’s all up to you and what works best for your family. That’s part of the joy of being a homeowner. You get to make the decisions!
4. Ask if You’re Unsure
If you’re still not sure when you should close the pool, there’s no harm in asking your local pool professional when you call to schedule your closing. That’s what we’re here for. We can help you determine your optimal closing date and eliminate the stress and guesswork! For those of you in the Rochester area, all you have to do is give us a ring at 385-SWIM.
And do it soon, while the best dates are still available!
Do you have any tips on closing your pool? What’s helped you in the past?