8 Steps for Closing Your Pool for the Winter
It’s getting cold outside and that means it’s time to close your swimming pool for the winter, but do you know how to do it right? Here are eight steps for you to follow so, come next summer, your pool will be in good working order and waiting for you to jump right in.
1. Gather the Gear
Make sure you have everything you need before you begin. This includes valve plugs, skimmer plugs, water bags or tubes, cover pump, winterizing chemicals, and cover seal.
2. Brush, Skim, and Vacuum
Put away your hoses, ladders, floats, equipment, and toys from the pool area.
Remove all dirt and debris from your pool. Brush the bottom and sides to remove the food source that algae need to bloom. Run your pump for one cycle to remove everything from your filtration system. Drain all the water from any automatic pool cleaners. If you have a sand filter, set it to “Waste” to remove dirty water.
3. Balance the Chemicals
Test the pool water to be sure the pH, chlorine, and total alkaline levels are within the normal range. If the water isn’t balanced, add the needed chemicals. To prevent stains, shock your pool’s water.
4. Backwash the Filter and Lower the Water Level
Lower the water level with your submersible sump pump to 4-6” below the skimmer. DO NOT empty your pool as this can cause extensive, expensive damage to the liner. If you don’t live in freezing weather, keep your pool filled to the top.
After backwash, open the drain at the bottom of the tank and open the air relief valve. Remove and inspect all filter cartridges.
5. Lubricate the Pump and Blow the Pool Lines
If you live in a region that dips below freezing in the winter, blow out your pool’s plumbing and equipment with a liner vac or shop vac. After, plug each valve and add pool antifreeze immediately. Use a skimmer winter plug to absorb freezing water and protect the plumbing.
Lubricate the pump lid o-rings. If you have a push-pull valve or a gas heater with cast iron plugs, lubricate those as well.
6. Add Winter Chemicals
Evenly disperse your winterizing chemicals into the water.
7. Install the Cover
Inspect your winter cover for rips. If you find one, use a cover patch to fix it easily. Place water tubes around the perimeter of the pool cover after it’s installed. Fill the tubes ¾ full. Put the cover pump on top of the cover.
8. Shut Off the Power Supply
Turn off and unplug your pool’s main power supply. If you have a timer clock, remove the “on” and “off” trippers.
By properly maintaining your pool each year, you will be able to enjoy swimming in it worry free for many years to come. If you have any questions or concerns about closing your pool for winter, contact Blue Waters Pool & Spa today!