Winter is coming – is your swimming pool ready?

Danny Rodhemel of AnyPool Products has found that many of his customers are having problems with their pool equipment not starting properly during early spring. “A lot of people don’t close their swimming pools properly during the spring and this can lead to unnecessary expenses during the early spring,” Rodhemel said. Here is a list of things to do.

By properly closing your pool for the winter, you spend less time and money opening your pool in the spring, with additional electricity costs, chemicals and cleaning equipment and potential damage to freezing plumbing. Is saved.

Step 1

Several days before closing the pool, check the water for pH, total alkalinity, calcium hardness and chlorine. Adjust levels if necessary. It is important to keep the water balanced to prevent corrosion or scale accumulation that may occur during pool closure. Use the water test kit to test:

PH 7.2 – 7.6

Alkalinity 80 – 120 ppm

Calcium hardness 175 – 250 ppm

Chlorine 1 – 3 ppm

Step 2

Your pond needs to be cleaned before winter. Brush and vacuum sides and bottom. Use a superchammer or clarifier to clean the water. Keep the water level down during vacuuming (set the filter to ignore the sand). Clean the tile line with a tile and vinyl cleaner to remove oil and dirt. It will now be easier to take it off before the winter months begin.

Step 3

To help protect water quality during the winter months, use a ventilating kit. Follow the instructions on the product label. Extra separation and shock can be purchased separately for larger ponds.

Step 4

Clean the filter, skimmer and pump compartment. Remove all unused chlorine products from the chlorinator. Cartridge filter elements and DE grids should be sprayed with a filter cleaner and cleaned with a garden hose. Sand filters should be back washed.

Step 5

The bottom of the pool under the return and skimmer. Never remove the pool completely – hydrostatic pressure can cause damage. Using an air compressor or shop wick (attached to the blower side of the wick), drain the water out of the system through an air down skimmer and plumbing. Add antifreeze to the plumbing and install a threaded winter plug to return the items to keep water out of the lines. Antifreeze is a non-toxic formula. Do not use automobile antifreeze.

Step 6

Remove all drain plugs from pumps, filter tanks and other pool equipment. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific device. Keep all drain plugs in the pump compartment for storage.

Step 7

Air pillows must be blown from a leaf blower or shop space. Tie an air pillow in the middle of the pool, large pools will need 2 or more air pillows. Water will flow towards the edge of the pond for easy removal of air cushions. They also allow ice to explode inwards to prevent damage to the pool shell or structure.

Step 8

Keep winter cover on pool surface, dark side down. There are different covers for ground and above ground poles.

Above ground poles:

Below the upper edge of the pool is a cable and winch to tie the cover.

In pools with ground pools and decks:

Place water pipes around the edge of the pond from head to toe. Fill the water pipes with 1/2 water (do not fill too much or spilling water will damage the water tube). Water tubes are sold separately. Never use concrete blocks, bricks, etc. to secure the cover as they may damage the pool cover or the pool.

If you follow these simple steps in winter. The beginning of spring will be a picture!

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