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How to winterize your swimming pool?

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How to winterize your swimming pool?

For gardeners, the beginning of fall is a reminder that it’s time to prepare for the cold winter months. Your swimming pool must also be prepped. The main reasons to winterize your pool are to protect it from damage caused by freezing water and to keep it clean for next year. Learn how to successfully close down your swimming pool using the following steps, and save time and money next spring.

1.

Remove all deck equipment, including ladders.

2.

Clean out and store poolside pots that were planted with annuals.

3.

Brush the sides of your pool and then vacuum. (Leftover debris can cause staining.) For gunite pools, use a product like the Poolmaster Premier Swivel Flexible Vacuum. For vinyl pools, try the Poolmaster Classic Full View Triangle Vinyl Liner Vaccuum.

4.

Chemically clean your filter with Pooltime Filter & Cartridge Cleaner, following label instructions.

5.

Mix granular winterizing chemicals in a bucket so they dissolve, since undissolved chemicals that settle on the pool floor can stain liners. Empty the mixture into the deep end of the swimming pool. Also make sure to add a shock product like Pooltime Shock Plus. Follow directions for how much shock to add to protect your pool in winter. After adding chemicals and shock, run the pump for the next four to six hours.

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Add a dose of maintenance algaecide, following label instructions. Run the pump for another two to four hours.

7.

Clean the skimmer baskets and pump basket. Remove unused chlorine from the chlorinator.

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Drain DE (Diatomaceous Earth) filter tanks and leave backwash valve open. If you have a sand filter, unplug the filter drain plug and leave it off. Store plugs in the pump basket.

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Disconnect the pump and filter, making sure the pump has been drained so there is no water in it. You should also unscrew and loosen any quick-connect fittings. Remove jet fittings and any plugs. Store plugs and fittings with others in the pump basket. Drain heater.

10.

Blow out all return jet pipes using a shop vac, hooking into the lines at the return system. Once you see lots of bubbles coming from the return jets, tightly plug the jets under water. This should get 99 percent of the water out of the pipes.

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Repeat the procedure from Step 12 for skimmer pipes. Be sure to tightly insert skimmer plugs to prevent skimmers from cracking due to freezing water.

12.

Blow out the main drain and plug the pipe at your end, or close the gate valve. This creates an air lock, preventing any more water from entering.

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If your pipes and skimmers are properly blown out and plugged, there is no need to lower your water level, unless you have tiles near the top of your pool. If you do have tiles, lower the water level so that it is under them. This will prevent them from cracking due to freezing water.

14.

Repair any tears in your pool cover with duct tape, then install the pool cover.

15.

Throughout the winter, remove water when it accumulates on the cover using a pump like the Flotec Pool Cover Pump.

16.

If you live in a warmer climate, pull a portion of your pool cover back around mid-winter to look at your water. If it looks murky, shock it.

Looking forward your comments!

ShawnPenoyer

Atlanta High end interior Designer


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