Prepare you pool for Winter

As winter-time nears you should close your pool for the season which mean treating it properly for closure, even though you won’t be swimming during winter, you have plenty of time to relax with your backrest pillow. Here are a few steps to close out the pool for the season:

- Test the pH, tota alkalinity, calcium hardness, and chlorine.
- Adjust levels is necessary. You don’t want these levels to be off or you will run the risk of corrosion or buildup during the winter.
Use a water test kit to test for:
PH 7.2 – 7.6 Alkalinity
80 – 120 ppm
Calcium Hardness 175 – 250 ppm
Chlorine 1 – 3 ppm
- Clean the pool before closing it up.
Brush and vacuum sides and bottom.
Use a Clarifier to get water crystal clear.
Lower water level while vacuuming (set filter to waste bypassing sand).
Clean the tile line with Tile & Vinyl Cleaner to remove oil and scum line. This will be easier to get off now before it sets on during winter months.
- Protect water quality during the winter months. Use a Winterizing Kit. Follow instructions on product labels. Additional algaecide and shock can be purchased separately for larger size pools.
- Clean the filter, skimmer, and pump basket.
- Remove all unused chlorine product from Chlorinator.
- Cartridge filter elements and D.E. grids should be sprayed with Filter Cleaner and rinsed clean with a garden hose. Sand Filters should be backwashed.
- Lower the water level. It should be below the returns and skimmers.
- Never completely drain a pool – Hydrostatic pressure can cause damage. Using an air compressor or shop vac (attached to the blower side of the vac), blow water out of system by forcing air down skimmer and through the plumbing.
- Add Anti-Freeze to plumbing and install threaded winter plugs to return fittings to keep water out of lines. Anti-Freeze is a non-toxic formula. DO NOT USE AUTOMOBILE ANTIFREEZE.
- Remove all drain plugs from pump, filter tank and any other pool equipment. Follow the manufacturers’ instructions for your specific equipment. Place all drain plugs in pump basket for storage.
- Use air pillows. Air pillows need to be inflated with a leaf blower or shop vac. Tie off air pillow in the center of pool, larger pools will require 2 or more air pillows. The air pillows will shed water toward the edge of pool for easier removal. They also allow forming ice to crack inward preventing damage to the shell or structure of the pool.
- Place winter cover over pool surface, black side down. There are different covers for in ground and above ground pools.
- If you follow these easy steps in the winter. Spring Start-Up will be a snap!