The temperatures in Houston are finally dropping below 90° and more often than not. Football is back and the bombarding of pumpkin spice everything is in full swing—yes, it must be fall already. While Houston’s climate does allow for a bit longer pool season than our neighbors to the north, eventually it still will be time to close your pool as the temperatures get cooler. Closing your pool is an essential step in proper maintenance of most custom pools in Houston—except indoor installations of course.
Closing a pool by yourself is not as hard as it sounds if you follow proper protocols in order. On the other hand, if you are too busy or uncomfortable doing it yourself, there are plenty of pool maintenance companies who work on custom pools in Houston of all sizes. Whether you hire a professional is up to you but keep in mind, doing it yourself can cause severe damage to your pool real easy if you aren’t sure what you’re doing.
We specialize in some of the most beautiful custom pools in Houston and also spend a lot of time educating our clients on seasonal pool maintenance. We believe educated customers are the best customers so we’re here to assist you in caring for your pool as best as possible all year long. Check out this guide on closing custom pools in Houston.
Quick Pro Tipsheet On Closing Your Pool
We’ll get into closing in a bit more detail but here is a quick tip sheet for closing your pool properly:
- Closing custom pools in Houston should be done before temps get below 30°F at night.
- Have A lot of trees? Close your pool before the leaves begin to fall.
- Follow winterizing procedures to the letter or have a professional do it. Many custom pools in Houston are ruined because of errors in winterizing.
- Thoroughly clean salt water generator if applicable
- Winterize the heater and be sure to follow instructions closely
- Clean ALL filters
- Shut down electrical components before closing the pool
- For fiberglass pools, never drain water level below the skimmer.
Best Time Close Your Pool
Typically, pool season in Houston can start as early as late April and wrap up as late as early October—it all depends on the weather. As a general rule, you should close your pool before temperatures drop below 30°F at night.
Have a lot of trees around your pool? Falling leaves make a huge mess, so it’s best to close your pool before that starts happening.
Do you have an automated pool cleaner? They are valuable investments but can only do so much in extreme temperatures. You probably need to pack it up till next season around early September to be safe. Also, check its manual for minimum temperatures of operation. Running it at lower than recommended temperatures could ruin the motor.
How to close your pool
If you want to keep your pool in the best shape—follow these steps in order and to the most minute detail. All it takes is one mistake in pool maintenance to ruin custom pools in Houston.
- Brush, shock, and sanitize the pool rigorously and balance the pool. Add 10 ounces of algaecide for every 10,000 gallons of water. Any metal remover/sequestering agents should be added per their instructions.
- Thoroughly vacuum any loose debris off the bottom of the pool.
- Give pool chemicals at least 24 hours to filter properly.
- Drain water down as much as needed but not below the skimmer line if you have a fiberglass pool.
- Remove all plugs and drain water from the pump and filter system, also removing any heating elements like the heat pump.
- Blow out the pool’s plumbing lines and then plug all lines. A strong air compressor is highly recommended to make the job much easier. Make sure you add a specific skimmer plug called a Gizzmo to the skimmer as well.
- Remove any ladder/handrails and check for rust flaking off or any corrosion and repair or replace next season.
- Put a cover on top of the pool, secure it tightly in place. If using solid vinyl or tarp covers don’t forget to put a pump in the middle to pump away any rainwaterPlace the cover on top of the pool and secure it. For solid vinyl or tarp covers, remember to place a pump in the center of the cover to pump off any rainwater.
So yes, it does seem like a lot to do, maybe if you eventually want to do it yourself, you can get in touch with a professional who will let you shadow them to learn. Once you’ve done it a few times, it’s pretty hard to forget. If you worry you might forget one day, just reference this post again to avoid the same mistakes most owners of custom pools in Houston fall victim to their first time.
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If you stumbled on this article and aren’t a pool owner but you are in the market for a custom pool in Houston—now is the time to build. Contact one of our pool design consultants to see what Mitchell Custom Pools can do for you. Contact us today before we start hitting the busy season for custom pool builds in Houston. We can give you an oasis in your backyard—are you ready for it?