When Do I Close My Pool for Winter in Manhattan, Kansas?

When Do I Close My Pool for Winter in Manhattan, Kansas?

Even if you’re in denial that summer is over, the signs of fall are all around. Children are starting back to school, grocery stores are filled with pumpkin spiced everything, and the days are getting shorter. Now is a good time to make a plan for winterizing your backyard pool. First things first: when do I close my pool for winter in Manhattan, Kansas? For our area, most pool owners close their pool by at least mid-October. Here are a few considerations about when and how to close your Kansas pool.

The Perfect Time to Close My Pool

Setting your pool closing date based on tradition (Labor Day) or when it is most convenient for you could be a recipe for disaster. Instead, at Energy Center-Manhattan Pool, we recommend closing your pool once the temperatures are consistently below 65 degrees. Once the temperature dips consistently below this mark, algae and other growths are unable to thrive in your pool. In Kansas, this is typically in October. 

You also want to close your pool before fall foliage takes over. Ideally, close and cover your pool before an abundance of autumn leaves and acorns start falling in your pool. This will save you from hours of skimming and vacuuming your pool and prevent your filtration system from extra work. 

On the other hand, you want to be careful not to close your pool too early. If you close your pool while temperatures are still warm, the heat can cause algae to bloom and quickly use up all your pool closing chemicals. This can make for a messy and time-consuming pool opening next spring as algae spreads throughout your pool and pool cover. 

Tips for Closing Your Pool in Kansas

To close your pool, you will first want to give it a thorough cleaning. This should include emptying out all skimmer baskets, vacuuming and brushing the interior walls, and skimming the surface. Once sparkling clean, we recommend you lower the water line to about four to six inches below the skimmer. However, don’t lower the water any more than six inches below, and certainly don’t empty the water in your pool. This can cause significant shifting or damage to your pool in freezing weather.

Next up, it’s time to balance and shock your pool. We also recommend you add a pool antifreeze solution to ensure the freezing winter temperatures do not damage your pool’s plumbing. Finally, install your pool’s winter cover.

Need Help? Give Us a Call! 

If you’d prefer, our team of pool care experts can winterize your pool for you. They have the know-how and experience to close your Kansas pool safely and effectively. To schedule a pool closing service, contact our team today. 


If you’d like to learn more about how to close your Manhattan pool yourself, stop by our store. We can talk you through the process and make sure you have all the necessary supplies. At any point, contact us with any questions you may have. Come find your gathering place with Energy Center-Manhattan Pool.

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