How to Winterize Gunite Pools

A gunite swimming pool's walls are made from cement and then covered with plaster. This type of pool requires to be winterized before the temperatures get too cold to cause cracks.

Of course, if you live in an area of the country where it does not freeze, you do not have to go through all of the operations. However, it is important to keep an eye on the temperature and decrease your use of the pool.


Water Testing

Before you winterize your pool, make sure to test its water before doing so. Doing so will prevent the buildup of algae, mold, and other germs.


Pool Shocking

Once the water is in the proper location, apply some pool shock. It will circulate the water evenly throughout the pool.


Treat Water by Algaecide

Give the water a couple of minutes to circulate before applying algaecide. This will help kill the algae and keep the water running smoothly.


Pool Filter Backwashing

The pump should be clean and ready to go. Let the water run for a few minutes to allow the filter to clear.


Drain The Water

Set the pump and filter to below the surface of the water to drain it. Drain the hose away from the pool and leave the water running. To drain the water below the pool's skimmer, make sure to drain it to about six inches below the skimmer. This will help prevent the pool from freezing.


Drain the Hoses

Use a vac shop to blow out the pool hose's water. Once the water has been cleaned, you will need to use water plugs to prevent the water from coming into the lines.


Cover Gunite Swimming Pool

Use a pool cover that's durable and spread it over the entire length of the pool. This cover will keep snow, ice, and water away from the surface of the pool.



This post was originally published on DoItYourSelf


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