3
Oct

Tips On Closing Your Pool For Fall/Winter

Tips On Closing Your Pool For Fall/Winter

Balance
the water chemistry:

Approximately
3 – 7 days prior to closing the pool,
adjust your water balance within the
ranges below:

pH:
7.2 – 7.6

Alkalinity:
80 – 120 ppm

Calcium
Hardness: 180 – 220 ppm

Then,
shock the pool with a Chlorine
Shock or a Non-Chlorine
Shock, at least 1lb per 10,000 gallons
(follow package directions). Allow the
chlorine level to return to 1.0 – 3.0 ppm
before adding any winter algaecide and
your pool cover. Chlorine tends to break
down both algaecides and [floating] pool
covers.

Remove
skimmer baskets, wall fittings, cleaners,
solar blankets, ladders from the pool.

Put
these in a safe location during the winter. Don’t coil pool cleaners
hoses tight.

Lower
water level in pool.

Using
the filter pump, or a submersible pump, lower the level 12″ –
18″ below the skimmer for mesh covers, and 3″ – 6″ below
the tile for solid, floating covers. If you are using an Aquador
skimmer cover on aboveground or inground pools
for some vinyl lined pools, the water level will not need to be
lowered.

Drain
all pumping, filtering, heating and chlorinating
equipment.

Every
pump, filter, heater and chlorinator has drain plugs to allow
water to drain out. All water must be drained or blown out or
it will freeze and crack. After draining, D.E. filter grids or
Cartridge filters should be removed and cleaned thoroughly. If
the filter and pump is small enough to remove it and store it
indoors, this may be desirable. If not, using a small amount of
air from a shop vacuum, compressor or Mighty
Vac is good to blow out any water that may still be in the
equipment.

Lubricate

Fall
closing of the pool is a good time to lubricate the pump lid
o-ring o-rings. If you have a push-pull valve (also known as a slide
valve) on the filter, lubricate it’s o-rings as well. If you
have a gas heater with cast iron plugs, lubricate these threads
or leave the plugs in after draining to prevent rusting.

Clean
pool

Skim
pool, vacuum pool, brush pool.
Leaf rake (bag) types skim
nets are best. Also useful for scooping large amounts of
leaves/debris from pool floor. If pool is especially silty or
has lots of algae, Vacuum Pool to Waste. This means to bypass
the filter, and vacuum dirt from floors/walls out the backwash
line. This prevents constant clogging/cleaning of filter. Place
the multiport filter valve on drain to waste position (usually
2pm, if viewed as a clock face) If you have a push-pull filter
valve, or a cartridge type filter there is no easy way
to vacuum to waste, except for cutting the pipe coming out of
the pump and then reconnecting afterwards. Brush the pool thoroughly.
The pool should be as clean and clear as possible before covering.

Winterize
the plumbing to and from the pool

If
you have an in-ground pool, you should blow out the lines using
a Mighty
Vac to blow air from the skimmer, through the equipment,
and back to the pool. Then plug the lines at the pool using expansion
plugs. If you don’t blow the lines, add Swimming Pool Antifreeze into
the line (follow package directions). Above ground pools usually
just need to disconnect the hoses to and from the pump and filter,
and plug the wall outlets.

Add
winterizing algaecide and other floaters.

Remember
not to add algaecide and shock at the same time. This tends
to result in the chlorine breaking down the algaecide. High
chlorine levels can also be harsh to floating solid pool covers.

Cover
the pool.

A
tight fit of your pool cover is essential. Your cover should
not have holes or gaps where leaves and debris may enter the
pool. A mesh
safety cover provides the highest protection and safety. Solid
pool covers are not safe and will require a cover pump or
siphon to remove rain water and snow melt. Water
Bags or AquaBloks are
used to secure an inground solid pool cover. Above ground pool
covers use a cable/winch device
to secure the cover around the pool. Air
Pillows are used in above ground pools to absorb the expansion
of ice inside the pool. In areas of high wind, an above ground
pool owner will find wall
bags or cover
seal useful products. A leaf
net is very useful if you have a lot of trees surrounding
your pool.

-Robert Catalano

Source: http://www.poolcenter.com/fall.htm