How To Close And Winterize An Above Ground Pool. Step-By-Step Guide
End of summer is a time to get your pool ready for the chilly winter months. If you want to protect your pool equipment from ice damage and keep your water clean and save your time and money in the spring, you need a proper pool winterizing. Winterizing a pool can be a very simple and painless process. If you follow step-by-step instructions with a little preparation, it will ensure a safe and effective pool winterization.
Brush & Vacuum The Pool
To remove all dirt, leaves and debris, thoroughly brush and vacuum the pool.
Adjust pH Level
Proper pH adjustment level should be between 7.4 and 7.6 for all pools. Omni pH Increaser raises a pool’s pH level immediately (Add 100g per 10,000 L). For vinyl-lined pools mix it with water in a large bucket before adding it to pool.
Adjust Total Alkalinity
Total Alkalinity should be adjusted to its proper level ranging from 120-140ppm for vinyl-lined pools. To easily adjust Total Alkalinity, use Omni Alkalinity Increaser by broadcasting around the perimeter of the pool. Just 180 g of Alkalinity Increase will increase the Total Alkalinity of 10,000 L of water by 10 ppm.
Add Algae Control
Add one 100 ml of Omni Algaecide 60 per 10,000 L by mixing it with water in a large bucket and pouring it around the perimeter of your pool. Wait one hour before following the next step.
Adjust The Chlorine Level
Bring the appropriate level of chlorine – between 1.5 - 3.0 ppm.
Let The Pump Run
Let the pump run for at least one complete cycle after adding chemicals. This is usually 4-8 hours. Backwash or manually clean the filter.
Remove The Inlet & Insert A Winterizing Plug
Remove the inlet (directional or eyeball) fitting, which is located on the inside pool wall, usually 6″ to 12″ below the water line. Insert a winterizing plug into the inlet.
Lower The Water Level
Lower the water level to between 4″ to 6″ below the skimmer.
Remove The Drain Plugs
Remove the drain plugs from the pump strainer basket housing, the pump volute, the filter tank, and the heater. Keep the drain plugs handy, they will be used in next Step.
Disconnect The Filter Hose
Disconnect the filter hoses from the skimmer fitting and the pool return fitting.
Drain The Automatic Chlorinator
Drain the automatic chlorinator, if you use one.
Move Equipment To A Safe Location
Move all the equipment you removed to a safe and non-freezing location, such as your basement.
Place Drain Plugs In A Strainer Basket
Place all the drain plugs in the strainer basket of the pump and replace the strainer cover.