Winterizing Your Pool

Winterizing Your Pool

Are you a do-it-yourselfer and don’t want to pay someone to close your pool for you? Well don’t worry with a couple plugs, some chemicals, and this simple guide you can close your pool yourself.

  • To get your pool ready you want to make sure your water chemistry is right. Test with some strips and adjust as need to proper levels.
  • After your water is balanced shock with either chlorine shock or non-chlorine shock. Add 1lb for every 10,000 gallons. Run your filter and allow at least one to three days before proceeding.
  • Take out all skimmer baskets, removable steps, ladders, cleaners and wall fittings. Store these is a dry safe location for the winter. When storing hoses do not wrap tightly because come spring they will not work as well.
  • Make sure your pool is clear of debris. Pretty much make sure you have a clean pool before you close it. Vacuum to waste the walls and floors and using a skim net clear all leaves and other rubbish.
  • Lower the water in your pool. When using a mesh semi-permeable cover like a “safety-lock” cover you can take the water 12-16 inches below the skimmer basket. For solid normal winter covers remove 3 to 6 inches of water from the pool.
  • Blow out all lines. Using a shop vacuum or compressor blow all water out of any lines to and from the pool. This is to prevent cracking from freezing water in the winter. Remove all drain plugs from your filter, pump, and chlorinator (if you have one) and remove all water. If your pump and filter are small enough you may want to store them in a safe dry place for the winter. Make sure to remove

    Tips to Winterizing your Pool

    all filter cartridges or DE filter grids, clean them, and store.

  • Lube it up.  This is a good time to make sure all your o-rings are lubricated. Use a pool or marine based lubrication to provide protection for the rest of the year. It also saves you a step in the spring.
  • Plug up all plumbing.  Using expandable plugs plug any hoses or piping from your pool. If you don’twant to use plugs you can use pool antifreeze and pour antifreeze into your lines. DO NOT USE REGULAR ANTIFREEZE. Use only pool approved antifreeze. On aboveground you can usually just disconnect all hoses from the pool to the filter and plug the holes.
  • Add a winter algaecide. Do this step last because if you add this when you shock your pool the shock will break down the algaecide.
  • Now you are ready to cover your pool. For aboveground pools the cover goes around the top and held on which a winch and cable system.  You will also want to put an air pillow into your aboveground because this will stop the expansion of ice in your pool from damaging it. For in-ground pools there are two types of cover you can get. One is the solid pool cover. This is a solid tarp that is held over your pool by special water bags. Solid covers require you to have a cover pump or siphon to remove rainwater and snowmelt from the surface of the cover during the winter. Your other option is a mesh safety cover. These covers are much safer then the solid covers. They allow rainwater and snowmelt to pass though them but keep out all debris. They are attached by steel rods drilled into your deck so are a little more expensive at first but save you a lot of money in the long run. Attach and secure according to your cover’s manufacturer instructions.
  • You are done. Enjoy the winter. If you choose you can also open your pool in the spring.
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