How To Close Your Pool For Winter In 7 Steps

pool closing tips

It’s been a warm September, but it looks like the weather is finally starting to cool down. Soon you’re going to have to close up your pool for the winter. It might seem like a difficult task, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow the steps below to easily get your pool ready for the winter.

1: Check Your Supplies:

Before starting the pool closing process, make sure that you have all the supplies that you need. You’ll need a winter chemical kit, which we have available at Dave’s. You’ll also want to make sure that you have all of the necessary winter tubes and plugs to properly close your pool. Now would also be a good time to check your winter pool cover and make sure it’s in good shape.

2: Clear Out Equipment From Your Pool & Deck:

Take out ladders, rails and other accessories from your pool. Getting these out of the way early will clear out space and make the other steps easier to complete.

3: Clean & Balance Your Pool Water:

Clean your pool as you normally would. Removing as much debris as possible will make it easier to open up your pool next summer. You’ll also want to make sure your water is properly balanced to prepare it for the next step.

4: Add Your Winter Chemical Kit:

Once your pool is properly balanced, go ahead and add the chemicals from your winter closing kit. These chemicals help to keep your water as clean as possible over the wintertime.

5: Prepare Your Pool Filtration System:

How you prepare your filtration system for the winter varies depending on the filter that you have. It’s best to follow the instructions of the manufacturer for this step.

6: Lower The Water Level & Add Freeze Plugs:

It’s recommended that you lower your water level to 6 inches below the skimmer opening. This will prevent your pool water from causing damage when it freezes and expands. Once you’ve lowered the water level, add your winter plugs.

7: Cover Your Pool:

Add your winter pool cover and make sure it is secured to keep debris and more from getting into your pool. Depending on your pool size, this may be a multi-person task.

Once your pool is properly covered, it should be ready for the winter! We would recommend that you occasionally check your pool throughout the winter to make sure it hasn’t been damaged.

Make Life Easier With These Pool Noodle Hacks

Pool noodles are simple, cheap and fun pool accessories. But did you know that they’re also quite versatile? With a few small tweaks, you can transform your pool noodle into a tool to help with everyday life. Here are 6 pool noodle hacks to try.

Wrist Rest:

Using your keyboard for a long time can lead to wrist pain, but you can avoid hurting yourself while typing by turning a pool noodle into a wrist rest. Cut a piece off the length of your keyboard, then cut the noodle in half to make 2 wrist rests (a spare or one to share)!

pool noodle wrist rest

Protect Your Luggage Rack:

Are you worried about supplies scratching up your luggage rack? You can cover your luggage rack bars with pool noodles to keep them from scratch-free. Cut your noodle the length of the rack bar, make a slit down one side of your noodle and slide these on. Add some duct tape to keep them from falling off and you’re good to go!

pool noodle car rack

Equipment Organizer:

An easy organizing hack, this will help you keep your equipment in order. Do you have a lot of fishing poles, hockey sticks, or shovels in your garage? Cut slits across your foam noodle and tape or screw your noodle to your garage wall. Fishing poles, hockey sticks, shovels and more can be placed in the slits to keep them organized and prevent you from bumping into them and knocking them over.

pool noodle organizer

Keep Your Boots Looking Great:

Your boots need to stay upright to keep their shape when you’re not wearing them. Pool noodles can make great inexpensive boot shapers. Cut off a noodle piece long enough to keep your boots upright and slide them into your boots.

pool noodle boots

Do You Feel a Draft?:

You can easily turn your pool noodle into a draft stopper. Simply cut off a piece of pool noodle the length of your door, add a slit down one end and slide it onto the bottom of your door.

pool noodle draft stopper

Childproof Your Home:

Do you have furniture with sharp corners? You can use a pool noodle as a bumper. Pool noodles work great for childproofing furniture and can be added to coffee tables, bed frames, counters and more.

Who knew there were so many ways that pool noodles could make life easier? Stop by one of our Dave’s locations to shop for pool noodles and more!

Keep Your Water Clear With These Pool Maintenance Tips

As a pool owner, it’s important to keep your pool clean for safety reasons. We’re sure that you already know to run your pool filter daily, but here are some other maintenance tips to help keep your water crystal clear:

Don’t Skip Out on Brushing & Vacuuming

For most people, skimming the pool daily is probably a no-brainer. It’s easy to notice the leaves and debris that build up on the surface, so of course you’ll want to grab your skimmer and take care of it. What’s less noticeable though are the sides and bottom of the pool. Be sure to scrub and vacuum your pool at least once a week to prevent algae from building up.

Keep Your Filter Running Smooth:

Your pool filter does a great job of removing debris from your water. But just because you don’t see the debris in the water anymore, doesn’t mean it just disappeared! You need to take care of your filter to keep it running in good condition. Check your filter basket and empty it out daily. You should also backwash your filtration system at least once a month.

Keep the Chemical Levels Constant:

This may be the most important part of pool maintenance. A pool that isn’t properly balanced can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Test your pool chemical levels at least once a week and adjust as necessary to maintain a proper balance.

Shock The System:

By shocking your pool, you are temporarily raising the chlorine levels to kill bacteria. This is a great way to get rid of bacteria that has built up over time. Keep in mind though that pool shock should be used sparingly, as too much shock can cause to damage to your pool siding. Shocking your pool every month or two should be just fine.

Be Prepared:

Make sure that you’re fully stocked up on all the pool supplies that you need to keep your pool crystal clear and ready to swim in. In addition to a pool brush, vacuum and skimmer, you should always have test strips and pool chemicals handy to balance out the water as needed. It would also be a good idea to have spare parts ready in case your pool skimmer tears or a hose begins to leak.

Dave’s All-Season Store has the pool supplies you need to keep your pool running smooth. Stop by one of our locations today for testing strips, pool chemicals, skimmers, brushes and more!pool supplies

pool chemicals

Stay Cool In The Pool: Pool Supplies Available at Dave’s

pool supplies

The summer heat wave is here! If you’re a pool owner, you must be excited to the thought of coming home and taking a quick dip to cool off! Just make sure that you keep your pool in good shape and ready for swimming.

With how hot it is outside, your pool water may be evaporating fast. This means that more fresh water needs to be added in to meet the water line, leading to a need for even more pool chemicals. If you don’t have one, a properly sized pool cover can decrease the amount of water lost from evaporation. We have pool covers available, as well as pool chemicals available to help you balance out your water.

Are you you looking to add a little bit of fun to your pool? You can “make a splash” with some of our colorful pool floats! Choose from our selection of inflatable floats including flamingos, pretzels and even LED pool floats. We have pool floats available for both children and adults. You can also browse our selection of goggles, noodles, play pools for children and more!

If you’re just in need for general pool maintenance supplies, we’ve got you covered. In addition to our pool chemical selection mentioned before, we also have a selection of pool supplies to help keep your water clean. From testing strips and water hoses to pool skimmers, we’ve got the tools needed to make sure your pool stays in tip-top shape.

Dave’s has the pool supplies that you need to help you beat the heat. Visit your nearest Dave’s location in Cheektowaga, Depew & Niagara Falls, NY today!