Do I need to close my pool in Texas? Well, this question is a little trickier than most, and it really depends on a few factors. The biggest deciding factor is you. But let’s talk about your options and why you might choose one over the other.
The general rule of thumb for winterizing a pool has to do with average temperature during the off-season. If the temperature in your location constantly drops below 65 degrees fahrenheit for an extended period of time, it’s recommended that you winterize and close your pool down for the cool season. Winterization helps to keep your pool equipment from freezing and makes sure that debris doesn’t accumulate in your pool, which makes opening in the spring more difficult.
And this is why the question of whether or not to close your pool here in the great state of Texas is up to you. The average temperature where we’re located in North Richland Hills, Texas only drops below 65 degrees for about three months during the year (December through January). That means that the chance of your pool equipment freezing is pretty low, but never zero. So, you have to make a decision.
Keep It Open
If you choose to keep it open, all you really have to do is keep up with a similar maintenance schedule to what you keep during the swim season. Keep your pool clear of debris and check your chemical balance at least once a week. Even better, if you keep your pool open and in good working order, as soon as the weather warms up, you can dive right in.
Close It Down
If you choose to play it safe, you’ll want to properly winterize and cover. If you’re so inclined, you can winterize your pool yourself. We do recommend you do your research because there are some best practices that you should consider. You’ll need to clean your pool well and test and balance the water. Then you’ll need to study which winterizing chemicals will work best for you. Pool closings are also a service that we offer at A-Quality Pools. We can ensure that the process is done correctly and protect your investment in your pool.
You’ll also want to consider the kind of pool cover you use. There are standard covers or safety covers like the LOOP-LOC® Safety Cover which we recommend. The LOOP-LOC not only keeps debris out of your pool, it also provides added safety for children and pets who may be wandering around the covered pool. These covers also prevent standing water and can be ordered to fit all pool shapes. So, LOOP-LOC is an amazing option to close your pool that can also provide a little extra peace of mind.
If you decide you’d like to close down your pool for the off-season, give our professionals at A-Quality Pools to schedule your pool closing. If you need a LOOP-LOC Safety Cover, we can also make that happen. Stop by our showroom for all of your pool needs!