Monday, September 26, 2011

Closing the Pool for the Winter

Step 1. A few days before closing make sure that the water is balanced to protect the pool from corrosion or scale buildup. Ph 7.2-7.6 Alkalinity...80-120ppm...Calcium Hardness 175-250ppm
Chlorine 1-3ppm
Lower the water to just below the skimmer...NEVER completely drain the pool.

Step 2. Clean the Pool! Brush sides, skim out any leaves, and vacuum
Step 3. Clean Filter, Skimmer, Pump Basket, and remove Chlorine tablets
Step 4. Remove Pool lights...We tie ours to the diving board

 Step 5. Use an Air Compressor or Shop Vac to blow the water system by Forcing the air down through the plumbing

 Attach the fitting to the pool pump
If you have it attached correctly...You should be able to see a current in the pool like ripples in the water when you blow the lines

 Step 6 Use Anti- Freeze to plumbing and install threaded winter plugs to return fittings to keep the water out of the lines
Wrap the fittings with Plumbing Tephlon Tape

 Step 7. Remove all drain plugs from pump, filter tank, any other pool equipment
 Step 8. Use air pillow, tie off an air pillow to each side of the pool. The Air pillows will shed water toward the edge making it easier for removal. They also allow forming ice to crack inward preventing damage to the shell or structure of the
 Step 9. Cover and come Spring you should have a beautiful clean pool...When it does start to warm up in the Spring we will throw in some Chlorine to kill off any growth
 This process takes at least 3 hours

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