Prepare your mesh cover pool for closing

How To: Prepare Your Mesh Cover Pool For Closing

It comes around every year here at Premier Pool & Spa, the summer sun is gone, the kids are back at school, and the days are getting shorter. It’s pool closing season. This short, informative guide will prepare you and your pool for our service technicians to close the pool down for the year. If this guide does not answer all the questions you may have, please contact us. Please note this guide is for those closing their pool with a Mesh Cover.
(For directions on closing your pool with an Auto Cover, click here.)
Please note: Premier Pool & Spa recommends that you contact us at least 30 days before the date that you would like your pool closed, this will ensure that you can be scheduled for a time that works best both for you and our service technicians.

1) Balance the water chemistry:
Approximately 3 – 7 days prior to closing the pool, adjust your water balance within the ranges below: (this is the most important step as it will provide you a much cleaner pool upon opening)

pH: 7.4 – 7.6
Alkalinity: 80 – 140 ppm
Chlorine: 1-3 ppm

2) Clean Pool
Skim pool, vacuum pool, brush pool. If pool is especially dirty, has a lot of silt or a lot of algae, vacuum pool to waste (multiport in waste position). This means to bypass the filter, and vacuum dirt from floors/walls out the backwash line. This prevents constant clogging/cleaning of filter. Brush the pool thoroughly. The pool should be as clean and clear as possible before covering.

3) Lower Water Level In Pool. ( ½” below circular pool water returns )
When using a submersible pump: simply turn off your main pump and equipment, and any time clocks controlling your equipment, and use your submersible pump to lower the pool water level to ½” under the bottom of the pool return openings.

When using the main filter pump: To lower your pool, you will have to follow these steps:
A) Turn off all equipment for your pool (light, heater, pool cleaner pump, main filter pump)
B)For Sand and D.E. systems, please backwash (and rinse) your filter 2-3 times then put your multi-valve to the “WASTE” position. For cartridge filter users, simply turn your auxiliary valve to output the water to the blue backwash hose.
C) Turn your main filter pump on, and turn off all valves on the suction side (immediately in front of the pump) of your pool completely off except for your “main drain” valve. If your valves are not marked, keep a single valve on at a time until none of the skimmers are pulling any water and only the main drain is.
D) The water in your pool will now pump out of the backwash hose. It will pump below the pool returns continuously, so keep an eye on the pool, once the water is ½” below the bottom of the return openings, turn your filter pump off. Note: if your filter pump is sucking in air when the water gets near the bottom of the skimmer openings, you have either turned off the wrong valves, or have not closed them fully, be sure to check early that only the main drain valve is open.
Please Note: If you use an Aquador™ or a Skimmer Plug™ skimmer plate cover on your pool, the water level will not need to be lowered.

4) Provide Required Closing Parts
When closing a mesh cover pool, first and foremost being the mesh cover itself being available pool side. The pool closing technicians will need a few other different items to properly close your pool, generally just the 1½” return plugs and the skimmer freeze protection Gizzmo™ towers. Those customers that do not lower their water (not recommended for mesh covers) also need to ensure that the Aquador™ or Skimmer Plug™ is available. If any of the closing parts is unavailable, we will sell the customer whatever is required off the truck.

5) Accessibility for the service techs:
Please ensure that if you are not available the day of your pool closing, that the service technicians will be able to access your pool equipment, and the pool. Please ensure that the mesh cover is available and that there are power outlets available to the service techs. If there is only one power outlet accessible outside or the breaker trips often, it is recommended that the closing be scheduled when someone is available at the home to restore power if the service techs require it.

Thank you for scheduling your pool closing and other pool service needs with us!
If you have any other needs, questions, or comments, please feel free tocontact us!

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