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How to Close or Winterize a Pool ...
when the season is over, proper winterizing makes spring start-up simpler & quicker.
ALL POOLS (vinyl liner only):
[ ] Remove ladders & any deck equipment
[ ] Vacuum pool & remove all debris
[ ] Add Chemicals to pool according to instructions
[ ] Clean & protect the waterline with Off the Wall Cleaner
[ ] Drain Filter tank of ALL WATER. Leave winter drain plug off!
[ ] Put all eyeballs, drain caps, gauges, etc. in pump basket for safekeeping
[ ] Clean DE grids or Cartridge with BioGuard® Strip Kwik, Kleen It or SoftSwim Filter Cleaner
[ ] Bring pump/motor indoors for winter
[ ] Winterize heater (if equipped) according to manufacturer's instructions. Failure to do so will cause winter damage and freezing.
[ ] Remove return eyeball(s) and install plug(s) or cap(s)
[ ] Winterize skimmer(s). See below for pool type
[ ] Put on Winter Cover. All Solid covers should FLOAT on the top of the water DO NOT drain pool lower than bottom of skimmer (mesh covered pools only)
If a pillow is used, inflate only to about 2/3 full. Over inflation will cause air leakage.
[ ] Properly store maintenance equipment
INGROUND POOLS (vinyl liner only):
[ ] Thoroughly blow out underground lines
[ ] Install Gizzmo(s) in skimmer(s) or Aquador(s)
[ ] Add pipeline antifreeze at the rate of 1 gal. per 20 ft of line run
[ ] Store diving board (if equipped) in a flat, horizontal position
[ ] Safety covers should be re-tightened at time of installation
[ ] Add additional dosage of Back Up Algicide in the spring if safety cover is used
[ ] Winterize skimmer with AQUADOR
[ ] Tighten cable securely around cover
[ ] Use Cover Clips to further secure cover. DO NOT HANG BOTTLES. Bottles hung from the cover will tear the cover!
DURING THE OFF-SEASON:
[ ] Remove leaves and heavy debris that accumulate on cover
[ ] Remove excess water from top of cover (A submersible cover pump works best).
Watch our video of How to Prepare Your Pool for Winterizing
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Pools up to 12,000 gals.
1 - BioGuard® Arctic Blue 12 Winter Kit
top up Optimizer Plus level, about 5 to 9 lbs
Pools up to 24,000 gals.
1 - BioGuard® Arctic Blue 24 Winter Kit
top up Optimizer Plus level, about 9 to 15 lbs
Pools Larger than 24,000 gals.
Stop by for the proper amounts of BioGuard® Arctic Blue Winter Products
Top up Optimizer Plus® level, about 15 to 20 lbs
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If you use Soft Swim®, Baquacil® or another biguanide product, click here for Winterizing instructions.
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