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Swimming Pool Winterizing
What to do to Winterize Your
The days are getting much shorter and
cooler as the sun makes its way south for the
winter. If you have a swimming pool it is that time
of the year to do your swimming pool winterizing.
Most pool owners do swimming pool winterization as
a DIY project as it is not a difficult task and
cost several hundred dollars if a pool service
company performs the work. Save your money and do
By following the
swimming pool winterization suggestions below your
pool will make it through the winter without
suffering any damage. These suggestions apply to
in-ground swimming pools and above ground swimming
To properly winterize a
swimming pool you should begin by making sure that the
water is clean of all debris such as; leaves, bugs,
pine needles, and any other similar items. They can
be vacuumed or removed by use of the filter but
first use an extension pole with net to skim the
worst from the water surface.
After cleaning the pool perform your standard
chemical treatment. A mixture of winter chlorine, winter alkalizer, and winter powder will insure that your
pool stays clean throughout the winter and is ready for
use in the spring when the warmer weather returns.
Most pool owners or pool maintenance service
companies use a ready-made
kit that contains all the chemicals for
If you use a ready-made winterizing
kit be sure that you follow the directions
carefully as each manufacturer’s kit is different
in terms of the chemical makeup. The chemicals will
put very high levels of chlorine, alkaline, and
algaecide in the water in preparation for the winter months
ahead. Some require the pool
filter be turned on while adding the chemicals
while others do not.
Make certain you follow the directions
carefully to avoid staining the liner.
After the chemicals are added slightly drain the pool to the appropriate
levels recommended by the
manufacturer. The lower level will allow for
expansion of the frozen water.
Next remove the filter hoses
attached to the skimmer and output hole. If
draining is not required, cover the filter skimmer
and output hole with appropriate covers. The cover
will prevent water from leaking and ice from
forcing its way out.
Remove the filter hoses. Open the drain at the bottom of the filter to
let out any water in the filter.
Store the filter and hoses in a garage
or basement for the winter. Leaving a filter
outside over the winter can lead to serious damage
Install a floatation device in the center of the
pool before installing the swimming pool cover. The floatation
device can be a large inner-tube or a large
inflatable winter pillow sold by your
supply company. The
floatation device will balance the rainwater, snow,
or ice that will collect on the pool cover during
the winter months. The area around the float will
not freeze and will allow the ice to push inward
toward the float rather than outward towards the
wall. This will relieve the tension on the
Pick up and store all pool toys and pool furniture around the pool.
Winter winds can blow such items into the pool
causing damage to the pool liner or the cover.
following these swimming pool winterizing
suggestions will insure that your pool does not
suffer damage over the winter and be ready for use
when the warm weather returns.
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