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What should you do once your pool closes for the season?

Updated: Nov 4, 2023

The swimming season is over, and your pool is closed. This

is one of the most important times for your pool. As many of

you know, pools are costly, and if they are not properly

maintained and winterized the expense can increase

exponentially the next season. Here are some tips and

suggestions that should help you to minimize your

expense year to year.

• Check to make sure the “Pool Closed” sign is posted on the

entrance gate.

• Check to make sure the pool cover is right side up, rubber

backings should be on the underside of the pool cover, not

on the surface.

• All pool cover straps should be attached to the brass

anchors that surround your pool.

• The cover should be free of rips, and tightly secured to the

pool with minimal sagging in the center.

• All pool openings in the pool should have a plug in them,

there should be no holes in the pool left open for water to

access. Water is the enemy and should be completely out

of your system.

• We are a company that uses antifreeze for winterizing, but

some do not use antifreeze. Thus, it is crucial that all the

PVC pipes are free of water which is accomplished by

blowing air through these pipes, or what we commonly

refer to as the lines (skim lines, equalizer lines, and drain


• In the pool pump room make sure all valves are open, and

plugs have been removed from PVC piping to allow for

water to escape the system.

• Make sure all caps, plugs, and hair lint strainer baskets are

placed in the same location to prevent items from getting

lost. We suggest the extra-large size zip lock bag to

store everything appropriately.

• Make sure the water is shut off to your pump room, and the

valve controlling the main water source in the pump room

is open.

• All water to the building should be shut off, and water meter


• Ask your maintenance person, or your pool company for a

list of items that need attention, or need to be purchased

so you can plan for the next year so you limit the number

of surprises that may pop up.

• If you have restrooms make sure the water lines have been

blown out and are free of water.

Safety First: Pool covers – it is important to understand that

the pool cover protects your pool’s surface and keeps debris

out. However, the true purpose of the pool cover is safety.

Pools are considered an attractive nuisance, and a place

where people are genuinely curious. Thus, a pool cover

prevents someone from falling into your pool, and potentially

experiencing life-threatening injuries, and/or potentially

death. Pool covers range in quality, and if properly

maintained will be warranted by some manufacturers for up

to ten years. Sure, they are expensive, but in the long run

vital for your community’s protection.

I hope this information is helpful, and should you have any

questions please feel free to contact me.

Frederick J. Inter, PhD

President/General Manager

Columbus Pool Management


Phone: (614)-554-0744

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