Closing your pool properly saves time and money. As I can tell that you are interested in both, let’s get right down to it.
POOL CLOSING CLEANING TIPS
- Clean the pool deck to prevent wind-blown debris
- Run the pool filter pump 24/7 for a few days before closing
- Spotlessly skim, vacuum and brush, before lowering the water
- Skim the pool again before covering the pool
POOL CLOSING CHEMICAL TIPS
- Test and balance the water, then shock the pool, 3-5 days before closing
- Add winter algaecide and stain & scale after lowering water level
- Use Enzymes and Chlorine Floaters for mesh covered pools
- Don’t add chlorine shock at the same time as stain or algaecide chemicals
- Don’t add chlorine shock and then cover the pool immediately
WINTERIZING POOL EQUIPMENT TIPS
- Backwash filter and use a Pool Filter Cleaner to remove scale and oils
- Remove drain plugs on pumps, filter, heater and chlorinators
- Lubricate o-rings on pump lid, slide valves, air relief, drain plugs
- Protect the skimmer with a Skimmer Guard or Skimmer Plug
- Pool cleaners - store carefully, lay the hose or cable flat in large coils
- Solar blankets - use a Reel Cover, or store the solar cover indoors
POOL PLUMBING WINTERIZATION TIPS
- Lower water 4” below skimmer for solid covers or 12” for mesh safety covers
- Use a Cyclone Blower to blow-out skimmers, drains, returns and water features
- Use winter pool plugs in good condition, to seal up wall returns and skimmers
- Close off a Jandy-type valve on the main drain, after blowing out water
- Add non-toxic Pool Antifreeze for added protection against freeze damage
WINTER POOL COVER TIPS
- Lay out the cover on the side of the pool with the most room to maneuver
- Weigh down one end, or attach springs on one side, and pull cover across pool
- Aboveground pools should use Air Pillows and either wall clips, seal or bags
- Seal up any gaps around the cover edge where leaves can enter the pool
- Safety cover springs - hook half to anchors by hand, use the tool for other half
- Inground Solid cover water bags - lay end to end, doubled in tight areas
- Solid covers with heavy nearby trees – save time with a Leaf Catcher
Every pool is different, and as such, every pool closing is slightly different, but the 4-step process is the same with all pools – you could call it the 4-C’s of pool winterization - Clean, Close, Chemical and Cover:
CLEAN: Skim, vacuum, brush. Over-chlorinate and over-filter the pool water in days prior to closing.
CLOSE: Store the removable items, clean and lube the pump and filter, blow and plug the lines.
CHEMICAL: Balance the water, shock the pool, add other chemicals after water is lower.
COVER: Tightly secure the pool cover quickly over the pool (before it gets dirty again).
The first time you winterize your own pool it may take 3-4 hours, but after some practice, you’ll cut that time in half. If you have any questions on how to winterize your particular pool, give us a call – we’re happy to help you with any pool winterization questions.