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A Few Tips on Winterizing Your Pool

For those of you who close your pool for the winter time, here are a few steps to help in the process.

First, you want to make sure that your pool is clean. You don’t want to have dirty water or a dirty pool sitting dormant for the amount of time your pool will be closed. Making sure the pool is thoroughly clean will make things much easier when you it is time to open it in the Spring!

Cleaning the pool:

You will want to clean out any debris from your pool by either a dip net or a skimmer net. If you have a heavy patch of leaves you may want to use a leaf vacuum.

leafvac skimmernet dipnet
Leaf Vac Skimmer Net Dip Net

Next up for cleaning, you will need to brush all the walls, steps and anything else that may have debris or build-up…ie: ladders, swim-outs etc. Make sure you use the proper brush for your type of pool.

ladderbrush wallbrush

Once the debris is out of the pool and the pool has been completely brushed, it’s time to vacuum the pool.  Like the brush, you want to make sure you have the proper vacuum for your pool. There are several types of vacuum heads. When vacuuming your pool you want to make sure to take steady rhythmic passes to insure that you get the pool as clean as you can.  Just remember, the cleaner the pool is when you close it, the easier it will be to open next season.

vacheads vacuuming

Now that you have vacuumed your pool, it is time to check water chemistry and adjust the levels if needed. After the chemistry has been checked and adjusted, remove the ladder, fountains, floats, and anything else that does not need to be in the pool, then add your winterizing chemicals.

Which Winter Chemicals Do You Need?

You will need the following chemicals along with the ones used to balance your pool.

Shock – use the same shock you use during the regular pool season.  Double the dosage for the winterizing.

Algaecide – You will pre-treat the pool with algaecide.  Follow instructions listed on the individual bottle.

If you would prefer to use a pre-formulated blend, we highly recommend Pool Magic – it is a natural enzyme formula from Natural Chemistry which helps to get your pool set for winter!

Now that your pool has been treated, lower the water lever and remove any water from the equipment and plumbing. The water should be lowered below the skimmer according to the type of pool cover you’re using:

For a mesh cover, lower the water 12 to 18 inches below the skimmer. For a solid, floating cover, lower the water to 3 to 6 inches below the skimmer.

Make sure that you have all the water out of the plumbing. You can accomplish this (either by pump or by blowing out the lines with air). Next, you want to remove all the plugs from the pool equipment and follow any special instructions listed in the owner’s manual for the pump, filter, heater, or any other pool equipment.

Lastly, stow away your pool maintenance tools ( nets, vacuums, vac plates, hoses, etc.) and cover your pool until next season!

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