Depending on where you call home, now might be prime pool closing time. If the thought fills you with dread, never fear! Closing a pool is easier with a little preparation and planning.
Just follow our quick and efficient 10-step guide to winterizing your pool.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
Get all the supplies you’ll need ready to go. Looking for something that's been in your shed for months makes winterizing a pool take longer than it has to, so avoid that headache from the get-go. Have your winter pool cover, water tubes, winter plugs, winter closing kit, air compressor and cover saver siphon pump at the ready.
Step 2: Store Pool Toys and Party Gear
Get family members to help clean and store away all your pool toys and recreational supplies. It’s only fair, since they've enjoyed the pool all season. Enlisting extra hands for this small task means you can focus on the next winterizing step.
Step 3: Clear the Deck
Remove ladders, diving boards, safety ropes, LED lights, and any other accessories around your pool. Decluttering the area paves the way gives you plenty of room to finish the pool winterizing process.
Step 4: Vacuum and Test Your Water
Step 5: Treat Your Pool
Step 6: Backwash the Filter
Step 7: Blow Out the Lines
If you're not confident in your skills with valves and air compressors, consider hiring a professional or seeking help from a handy friend. You'll need to connect an air compressor to your pump drain opening and blow air into the lines until you see a few bubbles emerging. Keep the air flowing for a few minutes to completely clear water from the lines.
Step 8: Add Ice Protection
Use an expansion absorber to protect your pool skimmer from damage. If you have an above ground pool, consider placing an inflatable winterizing pool pillow beneath the winter pool cover. The pillow will absorb ice expansion and prevent your pool’s frame from buckling.
Step 9: Apply Your Winter Cover
You may need a few extra hands for this step. Stretch the winter cover over the pool and secure it. The best way to secure your pool cover will depend on its size and whether it is an above ground or inground swimming pool.
Step 10: Install a Rain Water Siphon Pump
Use a siphon pump to prevent excess rain water or melted snow from collecting on top of your winter cover. An easy-to-use siphon pump sits on the winter cover of your above ground pool, protecting it from damage. The pump is non-electric, but it does require your garden hose to work.
And there you have it – a hassle-free guide on how to winterize a pool. Enjoy a worry-free off season, and look forward to reopening your pool next year with ease!
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