Ah, summer. The season of sun-soaked memories, barbecue parties and countless hours of splashing fun in your backyard fiberglass swimming pool from Imagine Pools. But as the leaves start to turn golden and the air begins to chill, it’s time to think about bidding a fond farewell (only for a short while!) to your backyard oasis.

Closing your pool for the season doesn’t have to be a dreary task. Instead, let’s sprinkle a bit of fun and easy-going vibes as we walk through this process. Remember, Imagine Pools is all about family, fun and creating lasting memories – even when it’s time to winterize your backyard pool and close it for the season.

1. gather your crew

First things first, round up the family. Pool closing can be a fun family activity, and, you know what they say: many hands make light work. You can assign tasks based on age and ability. The little ones can help with clearing out pool toys, while the older kids can assist with skimming and cleaning. Share stories of your favorite pool moments from the season as you work together. This will turn the task into a bonding experience. Why not order a pizza while you are at it? This could become a treasured family tradition.

2. balance the water chemistry

You might wonder why this is essential when you’re not going to use the pool. But balancing the water chemistry now ensures that your pool stays in pristine condition during the off-season. Plus, it makes the reopening process a breeze. Adjust the pH levels between 7.2 to 7.6, alkalinity between 80 to 120 ppm, and calcium hardness around 180 to 220 ppm. And don’t forget to add a winterizing chemical kit. If you need a bit of guidance and assistance in this area, contact a pool expert (think: the professionals at Ultra Pool Care Squad) who can easily get the job done for you.

Balance the water chemistry of your fiberglass swimming pool

3.  give your pool a spa day

Before you put your pool to bed, pamper it with a spa day. Clean out the skimmer baskets, brush down the walls and vacuum the pool floor. It’s like giving your fiberglass beauty a relaxing massage before its winter slumber. A clean pool now means less work when spring arrives.

4. drop the water level

If you live in an area where freezing is a concern, you’ll want to lower the water level below the skimmer. This step prevents potential freeze damage. Use a submersible pump or your pool’s filter system to get the job done. But remember, it’s just a little drop, not a complete drain.

5. winterize the plumbing and equipment

Disconnect the pump and filter. If possible, store them indoors. Blow out any water from the plumbing lines to prevent freezing and potential cracks. Use winterizing plugs to block water from re-entering. It’s like wrapping your pool in a cozy scarf to protect it from the winter chill.

6. install an automatic pool cover

Now that your pool is all prepped for its winter nap, it’s time to tuck it in. Using a high-quality automatic pool cover, such as those from Integra Pool Covers, not only protects your pool from debris but also ensures safety for curious pets or critters. Remember, it’s not just a cover; it’s a protective shield.

Imagine Pools's guide to winterizing your swimming pool

7. add a fun twist: host a “see you soon” pool party

Here’s where the fun really comes in. Once the pool is all set for winter, host a “See You Soon” party with your family. No, you don’t have to take a dip; instead, set up a picnic near the pool, light a bonfire (safely!), roast marshmallows and play some poolside games. It’s a delightful way to say goodbye to this year’s pool season while looking forward to the next.

8. take stock and make a wish list

As you close down, note any wear and tear or possible upgrades you might want in the coming year. Maybe you’ve been dreaming of adding pool lights or a spa? Winter is the perfect time to plan and budget for those additions. By the time the next pool season rolls around, you’ll be all set to enjoy an even better backyard experience.

Closing your fiberglass swimming pool from Imagine Pools for the season doesn’t have to be all work and no play. By making it a family affair and adding a touch of fun, you ensure the spirit of summer lives on, even as your pool goes into hibernation mode. So, here’s to making more memories, celebrating the end of a fantastic pool season, and eagerly awaiting the next splashy adventure!

If getting a fiberglass pool from Imagine Pools is still on your wish list, let’s check that box today. Contact your local dealer and let dreams come true.