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As we begin to prepare to close our pools we thought we would share a tip that will maximize your pool or spa closing.

 

Well timed closing = Less money and problems

 

According to HomeAdvisor.com, a pool in our region of the country can cost between $100 to $500 to maintain for our relatively short pool season. This does not include opening and closing costs or costs to make repairs. Of course, maintenance costs assume that the  pool opens clear and there has been no winter damage to equipment or the pool structure. The cost to simply clear a pool up will run in the range of $75-$125 per hour for labor alone. Many homeowners are not aware of the importance of closing the pool at the right time. Closing too early or too late creates costly problems. The appropriate time to close is after day time temperatures drop below 60 degrees consistently and before night time temperatures reach 40 degrees. Closing too early leaves the pool with the possibility of opening cloudy or green and may require professional help or costly clear up products in order to make the pool suitable for swimming. The longer the pool stays closed the more chance it has of developing algae, molds, fungus, and bacteria as the pool sits without chemicals, circulation, and filtration.This usually delays your swimming season. Closing the pool too late puts the pool equipment and pool structure at risk of freeze damage. Every season we see pools with serious winter damage, all of which could have been prevented with proper closing techniques and timing.

 

OPTIMAL Closing time : First week of October and throughout the month depending on temperatures.