It is, unfortunately, getting to be about time to think about closing the pool for the season. And while we still have a few weeks of summer left, let's go over some pool closing tips. It is important not to close pools too early, though. Pool water needs to be consistently below 65 degrees before closing for the winter. Closing too early can increase the risk of algae growth and cause more hassle and added expense when it's time to re-open in the spring.

Let's begin with the cleaning and balancing checklist. You'll want to brush, rake, and vacuum the pool to remove any dirt and leaves. Don't leave anything for bacteria or algae to eat. Make sure your water is in the normal range:

Available Chlorine: 2.0 - 4.0 ppm
Total Alkalinity: 80 - 120 ppm
pH: 7.4 - 7.6 ppm
Water Hardness: 200 - 400 ppm
Cyanuric Acid (CYA): 30 - 50 ppm

Let your pool pump complete one cycle, then backwash the filter. Finally, after using a submersible pump, lower the water below the skimmer and all return lines.

Now, we are ready to winterize the pool. First, drain the filtration system entirely. If you have "on" and "off" trippers on your time clock, turn off the main power supply and remove them. Position your multiport valve handle between any 2 settings, if you have one. If you have an above ground pool, disconnect the filter hoses from the skimmer and pool return fittings. Once all the water is out of the filtration system, insert the winterizing plugs into return and skimmer lines so that rainwater does not get in.

Next, add swimming pool anti-freeze to all lines and use a blow-out tool to accommodate any expansion caused by freezing. Refill the pool 4 to 6 inches below the skimmer inlet or tile line, whichever is lower. In moderate freezing climates, it is recommended adding a freeze protector to prevent frozen plumbing. A freeze protector will trigger water circulation at lower temperatures.

For your deck and surrounding area, remove all ladders, hoses, pool cleaners, and over the top skimmers. Be sure to drain all the water out of an automatic pool cleaner. For above ground pools, fill wall bags with water and tie to an anchor with rope. Wall Bags will hold your winter cover down in high winds, protecting it from wind whip and damage. And finally, cover your pool. Carefully unfold the cover and pull it across the pool. Ensure that the cover is centered. Make sure to follow the manufacturer instructions for best results sealing your winter cover. Place a water siphon or pool cover pump on the cover to drain rainwater or melted snow from the cover. You may also opt to use a small submersible pump. Be sure to check the chemical balance about once a month and remember to remove all excess water and debris from the cover.

If you need a winter pool cover or looking to replace one, Toysplash has an array of sizes available for both in-ground and above ground pools .

Toysplash is here to answer all your questions.Feel free to give us a toll free call at 1-877-734-2458 or email us at support@onlinestores.com.