How To Close A Pool? So time to close your pool. But what exactly do you need to do to prep the pool for the offseason months?
And how do you avoid big problems like freezing parts or algae growth?
Well, don’t panic.
Here are nine steps to close and winterize your swimming pool.
Check it out.
First, before you start to winterize your pool, you’ll need a few supplies, winter chemicals or a winterizing chemical kit.
A winter cover, water tubes to hold down that cover.
A cover cable and winch for Above ground pools.
One air pillow for Above ground pools.
Rubber or threaded plugs for your skimmers and return jets something called a Gizzmo for your skimmers or an empty soda bottle.
You’ll also need an air compressor if you have an Inground pool and this is the blog the lines and then finally, make sure that you have the right tool kit and protective equipment like goggles and gloves.
Okay, let’s get to winterizing that pool.
Step number one. Clean your pool and balance your pool water.
Remember, whatever state you leave your pool in now is how you’ll find it in the spring when you take the cover off, or possibly worse.
So clean, clean, clean your future self will thank you.
You’ll need to brush, skim and vacuum your pool and make sure no debris is left behind.
You also want to make sure that your water is balanced and that means checking the pH, alkalinity, calcium hardness, and sanitizer levels.
You’ll also want to Shock your pool just a few days before closing it.
If you want to add something like winter algicide, do not add that with Shock.
You’ll have to wait at least eight hours to add that and as always safety first.
So wear protective gloves, goggles, and a mask when handling pool chemicals.
And be sure to check out our other videos for more information about Pool Water Chemistry.
Step number two. Clean your filter system.
If you have a DE filter tank, you’ll wanna drain it and leave your backwash valve open.
For Sand Filters, you wanna remove the drain plug and leave it off all winter.
If you have a Cartridge Filter, you’ll want to remove that cartridge and clean it.
Step number three Remove your return jet fittings and skimmer baskets put fittings and other items that you remove in the pump basket so that you don’t lose them and you can find them in the spring.
Step number four. Remove additional pool equipment.
Remove any equipment from your pool that you can, that means diving boards, ladders, and floats and if you can remove the pump and filter but not a Sand Filter, you can store that away as well.
Step number five. Disconnect and drain your pump and filter.
For Above ground pools, remove all the hoses from the pump and filter, and the pump is drained by removing the drain plugs.
Unscrew the quick disconnect fittings or unions.
Step number six. disconnect and drain your heater and other filter equipment.
If there’s a heater, drain it and make sure there’s no sitting water inside remove all drain plugs if any, but do not remove the heater drain.
Step number seven. Blow out your pool.
If you have an Inground pool or you get started you need to know how your pool works.
You’ll need to blow air into the pipes underground that connect to your skimmers and your main drain to the filter system and then back to your return jets.
You probably have valves that direct water to and from your filter system.
Make sure that you understand what all these valves do before you start.
Every pool is built differently.
With your air compressor.
You’ll blow out the return jets blow out while the skimmer pipes and then blow out the main drain line.
When you see bubbles coming out of the drain, close the valve.
This will create an airlock and no water should enter the pipe from the pool site.
Step number eight. Install an air pillow if you have an Above Ground pool, pillow helps you prevent your pool from turning into a giant icy pole.
You can also use tires, tubes, balls, and other air-filled floating objects, just throw them into your pool under your cover.
Step number nine. Install your pool cover and water tubes.
After you secure your cover, you’ll need some water tubes to hold it down over the wintertime.
If you use water tubes, layout the tubes placing them through the loops on your cover.
Fill the tubes of water to about 85% of their capacity.
Now that your pool is winterized, be sure to check on it every week or after any major snowstorm or rainstorms to make sure everything is safe and secure.
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