What Pool Closing Chemicals and Supplies Do I Need?

pool closing chemicals

Pool closing time draws nearer with each passing day. Yes, it is a sad occasion to say farewell to your pool parties until next summer. But don’t let it distract you from closing your pool properly and at the best time. With the right pool closing chemicals and supplies, you’ll have everything you need to get the job done right.

We at Goodall Pools & Spas have helped customers all throughout Central Pennsylvania close their pools for nearly 60 years. The pool chemicals and supplies we carry play a huge role in the sparkling water and lifelong memories we promise for all our customers in our mission statement. Therefore, if you plan to close your pool yourself, invest in some key products from one of our five stores. That way, you’ll start your next swim season with a smile and not a face filled with shock and concern.

Why is pool closing important?

At first, it may seem counterintuitive to think that your pool needs a chemical and maintenance treatment when it’s not in use. But the truth is that your pool’s upkeep and water chemistry are still in play when it’s under the covers.

Without winterization chemicals in the water, your pool becomes a breeding ground for algae, bacteria, scale buildup, and a host of other organic troublemakers. If too much of this matter accumulates, it causes the pool surface to deteriorate. Therefore, if you want to increase the longevity of your investment, preserve your pool through the proper closing procedure.

When should I close my pool?

Timing is everything when it comes to closing your pool. The goal is to keep the changing temperatures in check. If you wait too long to close the pool, water is likely to freeze inside its plumbing. And leaky pipes can mean leaky bank accounts if you’re not careful!

If you close the pool too soon, the winterization chemicals in the water won’t last until reopening. When that happens, all that nasty organic stuff mentioned above will make an unwanted appearance once those chemicals deplete themselves. 

In Pennsylvania, prime pool closing time usually lands somewhere between late September and early October. Around 3 – 5 days before your pool closing, we recommend our customers bring their final water test into one of our stores. This is the most important water test of the year. Because once that cover seals your pool, it will sit untouched for several months. That’s why you want that final test in place: to make sure your water is as balanced as possible. Learn more in our blog When is the Best Time for a Pool Closing in Pennsylvania? 

Pool closing chemicals: What belongs on my pool closing shopping list?

So when you walk into a pool supply store, what pool-closing products should you look for? At Goodall Pools & Spas, we remove the guesswork from the process by offering BioGuard Arctic Blue® Winter Kits. Each kit contains the following:

  • Winter Shock. Shocking the pool eliminates lingering bacteria in the water before closing. It also protects the pool walls by preventing grim build-up and paint fading.
  • Winter Algaecide. Algaecide targets different kinds of algae at the cellular level and stops them from growing in the pool. 
  • BioGuard Pool Closing Complete. This concentrated formula prevents scale build-up from calcium during the winter and helps keep the water clear until reopening. 

In addition to your suite of chemicals, you’ll want a reliable pool safety cover if you don’t have one already. This will help keep leaves and other debris from falling into your pool while it’s closed. Visit our blog, Is a Pool Safety Cover Worth the Extra Money? to learn more. 

Where can I buy supplies for my pool closing in Central PA?

Goodall Pools & Spas is your one-stop shop for your pool enjoyment and maintenance needs in Central Pennsylvania. Contact us or visit one of our five stores today. Our team will help you cross off all the items on your pool closing checklist!

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