If you have an above-ground pool for the winter, then it’s time to get it fixed. Before we dive in, make sure that you’re already prepared to close it properly.
1. So you’re not taking down the entire pool, which would take up a good amount of space. But that pump, plumbing, and filter aren’t a walk in the park to store, either. Before you start taking apart anything, make sure that the space you’re going to use for storage is well-cleared. This will prevent any damage to the equipment.
2. For above-ground swimming pools, the process of winterizing involves using an air blower and a vac. Make sure that everything is in place before you go. This includes making sure that your circulation system is off.
Using a ShopVac or an air blower, aim it to blow air into a pipe and through the plumbing of a skimmer. This will keep the lines protected this winter. If your system is more complex, you can also use air through your return lines. Just remove the inlets from your pool wall and then blow air through them.
If you don't want to remove anything from your system, you can still use pool-grade antifreeze to prevent it from freezing. One gallon of antifreeze is enough for about 10 feet of pipe. But, remember, these are toxic chemicals and are made for cars and not for swimming pools.
3. To remove the pump, remove the drain plugs and the filter. Also, remove the chlorinator and the pump itself.
4. Since your filter is a holding area for all the gunk that comes from your water, drain it before storing it.
If you have a sand filter, set the multiport valve to winterize and remove the drain plug. Allow the filter to completely drain. If your valves have extras, such as a sight glass, or a bleeder valve, they should be removed as well.
For cartridge filter cleaners, just remove the cartridge and allow it to dry. Ideally, leave the valves open for winter. For diatomaceous earth filters, remove all of the water from the pump and filter and then rinse off with a hose.
5. Accessories. These components are easy to overlook, but they will take a hit in cold weather if they are left unrepaired. Also, remove all of the ladders, rails, and accessories that are attached to your pool.
Do you have a saltwater pool? It’s time to get rid of that chlorine generator. Also, turn off the gas and electricity in your pool.
This post was originally published on Pool Parts To Go
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