Prior to closing your pool, make sure your water is chemically balanced. Adjust levels if necessary. This step is very important because it protects the pool from corrosion or scale buildup that can occur during the period when the pool is shut down. Your chemical levels should be as follows:
Remove all deck equipment (ladders, rails, etc.).
Brush down the floor and sides of your pool and then vacuum. If you leave dirt and debris in your pool, it can cause staining.
Add winterizing chemicals by broadcasting into the deep end of the pool to help protect water quality during the winter months.
Clean the filter, skimmer, and pump basket. Remove all unused chlorine product from chlorinator. Cartridge filter elements and D.E. grids should be cleaned and stored. If you have a sand filter, backwash it.
Lower the water in the pool below the returns (where the water jets into the pool) and the skimmer. NEVER COMPLETELY DRAIN A POOL! Using an air compressor or shop vac (attached to the blower side of the vac), blow water out of the system by forcing air down the skimmer and through the plumbing.
Cap off return lines by using threaded plugs, or use expandable rubber plugs if your returns are not threaded. Add anti-freeze by pouring it through the skimmer. Use 1 gallon of anti-freeze per 10 feet of distance from the pump to the pool.
Remove all drain plugs from the pump, filter tank, and any other pool equipment. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for your specific equipment. Place all drain plugs in the pump basket for storage.
Place a cover pump in the center of the pool cover to drain off excess water accumulation. This is very important because too much water on top of the cover can cause the cover to rip or pull the cover and water tubes into the pool (very messy cleanup).
Last Updated: 04/11/2013 06:08 PM - ID:1700