Summer is drawing to a close. Soon, it’ll be time for the kids to go back to school. Even though you don’t want to think about it, your least favorite time of the year is coming. You have to close the pool.
If you live in Pennsylvania, you may want to know the best time to close your above ground pool. Here are a few hints to help you make that hard decision.
Above Ground Pools
An above ground pool is a circular or oval pool that doesn’t sit in the ground. Instead, it sits above the ground. There are many types and sizes of above ground pools. Some people have above ground pools surrounded by a deck. Other people have above ground oval pools. When the season is over, they fold up the pool and store it. Some have large above ground pools with filters and pumping systems. They can inflate them and, then, put them away when they’re not using them. Many people have above ground pools because they’re less expensive than inground pools.
At What Temperature Do Pools Close?
All outdoor pools have to close at some point. That’s because your health only allows you to swim in temperatures above a certain degree. If the temperature falls below 50 degrees in the water, you can’t swim very long before suffering from hypothermia. Hypothermia causes your body to lose heat quickly. And, if left untreated, it can lead to death. The symptoms of hypothermia can include shivering, sleepiness, and feelings of extreme cold. Hypothermia is a very dangerous condition.
Municipal pools used to close when the temperature dropped below 60 degrees for an extended period. Now, many municipal pools close by a certain date. Municipal pools usually open on Memorial Day weekend and close on Labor Day. Depending on where you live, you may be able to keep your pool open longer.
When Should I Close My Above Ground Pool?
Because you own your pool, you can decide when to close it. The pool industry has a saying, “Open your pool as early as possible and close the pool as late as possible.” In Pennsylvania, the average high and low doesn’t fall below 60 degrees until the end of September. Sometimes, however, it may end at the beginning of October. So, depending on the year, you may be able to leave your pool open until October. When the pool temperature consistently stays below 60 degrees, it’s time to close it.
Another reason you should wait to close the pool is because of algae growth. Algae become dormant at 60 degrees. If you close your pool too early, you will have a green pool in the spring. You can wait to close it when the temperature stays at or below 60. That way, your pool will be ready in the spring when you are. It also means you will have to buy and use fewer chemicals.
There is one more thing to consider when you’re thinking of closing your above ground pool: leaves. When the leaves start to change and fall, you want to make sure they don’t fall into your pool. Over time, debris can build up, and that makes it very difficult to keep your pool clean. Falling leaves also make it difficult for you to keep your pool balanced with chemicals. If there are a lot of leaves falling, it may be time to go ahead and close your pool early.
If you need information on the best time to close an above ground pool in PA, need advice on keeping your above-ground pool running efficiently, or would like to purchase a new pool, contact Skovish Pools & Spas. We would love to talk to you about creating a pool or spa design for your family. We have two locations: one is in Luzerne, PA, and the other is in Shickshinny, PA. Give us a call today!