Winterizing Your Pool
6th Apr 2017
Winter is coming. Is your swimming pool ready?
Where you live determines whether your pool should be winterized should winterized. If your area has temperatures below freezing point, you'll need to make sure your pool does not sustain damage that may be caused by the formation of ice on the pool and the filtration and heater systems. Pool water left in pipes can freeze and cause damage. A good way to clear water from pipis is to push it out using an air compressor Then drain as much water as you can from the actual filter and heater systems. Remaining water can be eliminated using nontoxic antifreeze (NOTE: this is different from antifreeze used in cars). Disconnect the heater, pump and chemical feeders, and the latter of which should be cleaned and stored.
Then, clean the pool: skim the surface, brush the walls, vacuum the bottom, then empty pool skimmer baskets, close skimmer line valve, lower water level to approximately 18 inches (450 millimeters) below the static skimmer or coping and supercholorinate. Finally, cover the pool to keep out debris.
The maintenance of your pool all year-round will save you trouble when the swimming season is upon you.
A properly winterized pool is easily reopened come swimming season. If your pool; was covered during winter, take care that you don’t move it until you've cleaned the area around the pool. To prevent debris from getting into the pool.
The next step is to add water to the pool if required, to reach its normal water level. If you have the Dragonfly Floating Pool Cleaner, you can skip this step if you wish. It acts like a floating skimmer box and rests on the waters surface and can be operated at any water level. Restore any connections and valve settings that were changed at the end of last season. Water will need to flow through the circulation system, make sure water is being pumped from the skimmer line. Test the water for its pH level, then shock the pool. Will take a week or more before the pool water is balanced and suitable for bathers. Leave the pump running 24 hours a day, and reduce the run by only an hour or two each day until the water is balanced.