In spite of what Brian Wilson and the Coastline Boys could tell you, the summer season is not endless and sometimes you'll need to close up your pool for the cold weather months.
If you reside in a warmer climate with a very low frequency of below freezing temperatures, you don't have to be rather so aggressive when winterizing your pool. However in chillier environments-- anywhere with more than 2 weeks of days with below freezing weather condition, typically-- you need to be aggressive indeed to make sure that your pool's entire underground pipeline system is completely cleared out of water. If water freezes underground during the winter season, it'll fracture your pipes, permitting water to leak into the earth surrounding your pool. If that happens, anticipate to pay plenty in repairs, and anticipate to have a worthless hole in the ground while you await everything to be fixed.
The actions to winterizing your pool are as follows:.
- Backwash your pool filter extensively. Drain out any filter tanks, disconnect any cartridge filters, and shop vac any filter connections in order to ensure that all the water is gone.
- Disconnect your pool pump and filter. See to it, once again, that there's no water staying in the pump.
- Loosen all pipe fittings in your filtration system to make sure that no water collects, broadens, and cracks the pipes.
- Remove the skimmer baskets totally and save them in a safe place.
- Hook up a shop vac to the pipe fittings in the filtration system (once again, make sure that the pump and filter run out the picture at this point, or face futility.) Blow out all of the water from the return pipe system first: when you see air bubbles begin to form in the pool water, you'll know that the pipe is cleared out. Plug the water returns securely on the side of the pool.
- Do the exact same for the skimmer baskets and the vacuum port. "Gizzmos" are fittings specifically developed for winterizing skimmer baskets, and must be made use of to plug the skimmer basket drains.
- Blow all of the water out of the primary drains. Given that it's difficult to easily plug the main drains in the pool itself, quickly plug the major drain pipelines in your filter location. This ought to develop an air-tight seal which will prevent most water from breaking into the underground major drain pipelines over the winter season.
- Wait a minute, you've been stating with the last 3 points. I don't have a shop vac. Okay. It's not as good of an option considering that you're not removing all of the underground water, but you can avoid needing to blow out any pipelines by simply draining water from your pool up until the water is below the skimmer basket level. This can trigger stress on your pool basin and leaves you susceptible to some sorts of ice damage, so if you can blow the water out of your pipelines, do it. However if you can not and you seem like taking dangers, go with this option.
- Once all of the drains are closed up, include winterizing chemicals (offered at a pool supply establishment) to the pool water. Ensure you include a shock treatment as well, considering that in order to keep the pool safe over the winter season, you'll should keep the chlorine material of the water very high (ideally around 3 ppm, or triple the regular level of integrated chlorine.).
- Place a winter cover over the pool. If your pool cover has torn during the summer season, don't take opportunities: change it!
- Keep an eye on your pool cover over the winter. If water collects on the top of it after a rainfall or for other reason, make sure to clean the water out. The pool cover will begin to wear away due to the standing water and can buckle at the edges, making it impossible to keep the water in the pool as warm as it needs to be over the cold winter season.