The fall weather and temperatures have finally arrived in North Georgia. If you are a swimming pool owner who closes your pool, here are some tips for closing for the upcoming offseason.
A small percentage of our customers close their swimming pool in the winter. The rest of the customers keep their pools open year round. This is because they have spas attached and it’s easier to keep the equipment on and maintain it throughout the winter season.
Also, the cost of having a custom cover would be in the thousands and it would take several years to recoup the cost investment for the cover instead of just paying to leave the pool open.
How Much Does Luke Pool Service Charge for a Pool Closing?
For an average size swimming pool, we charge a closing fee of $300. This is for a pool that is relatively clean; If the pool is larger than 35K gallons and the pool has a lot of leaves or is green, then we will charge based on the size of the job.
If you are not a regular service customer with Luke Pool Service, then we will need to see the pool in order to do a quote for the closing.
So, what does the $300 include?
Prior to the closing, we will come out and check out your pool just to see how long it will take us.
On the day of closing, we come out to the pool and do the following:
- Lower the water beneath the skimmers if we are winterizing the pool equipment;
- If we are leaving the pump on throughout the winter, then we don’t lower the water beneath the skimmers;
- Raise up the anchors from the concrete;
- Vacuum the pool and make sure all debris is removed;
- We don’t add any closing chemicals but we do check the chemicals to make sure that the pool is in balance;
- Won’t put a cover on a swimming pool if the water is not clear;
- Put on the safety cover;
- Make sure the cover is on securely;
- Blow the cover closing with two people working usually takes more than an hour. If there is one person doing the closing, then it will take longer.
What if I don’t Have a Safety Cover
So, how do you winterize if you don’t put on a safety cover? Well, if you don’t have a safety cover and can’t afford one, and want to run your pool in the winter, then you just need to make sure that your pool equipment has freeze protection.
Freeze protection is special valves attached to the pool equipment that have temperature sensors. When the water drops below freezing, then it activates the pipes to open up with special valves, so that the water keeps flowing.
If you have questions or would like a quote for closing, please fill out the contact form below.