Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on July 12, 2019: I've wished for a pool ever since I can remember. Place the skimmer cover back on the skimmer. The cost of changing the sand will vary based on how much sand is needed for your pool filter, and the price of sand in your area. If you think I may have left out a step or you have a question, just ask and I will get back to you asap. Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on October 31, 2017: I recommend checking with the manufacturer or checking the label on the bottles if you have any left. The first step in closing your pool for the winter is to give it a thorough cleaning. Once the cover is supported in the center the long way, find the center springs in the center the short way and attach them as well. Add the PhosFree a week before closing your pool, just poor it into the filter and let it do its thing. I have left in the pool for over 6 years and have never had a problem. – Concrete with tile line- Refill to below the tile line – Vinyl- refill to normal swimming level. Closing an inground swimming pool is a lot more challenging than opening an inground swimming pool. How To Winterize An Inground Pool In 9 Easy Steps. Next, rotate the control valve according to its appropriate setting. Place Filter Valve in winterize position. Drain DE filter tanks and leave backwash valve open. No just cover the pool, the snow and rain from winter will fill it back up naturally. If you have a sand filter, clean it by backwashing. filters, drain the filter tanks and leave the backwash valve open. On sand filters, unplug the filter drain plug and leave off. LOL, In the end, it was not to be for many other reasons, and at this point, I don't think we could have had a pool anyway, because where would we drain it? Most people won't attempt closing an inground swimming pool for fear that they might do something wrong. Remove all skimmer baskets. Start by attaching the two springs on each end in the center of the cover, the long way. What about the pool heater do you have to do anything to winterize it? Add antifreeze to the skimmer lines and install gizmo, about 1 half gallon. Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on October 02, 2019: It will usually take the entire weekend to close the pool, I actually start adding the winterizing kit a few days before the weekend so the water is perfect before closing it down. Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on September 28, 2017: The air line fitting is a standard fitting that you would hook to an air tool or air hose. You should consult with a pool professional to identify the right kit for your pool. As I closed my pool this fall, I took very detailed pictures to help me animate the procedure so you won't run into any problems. I disagreed, saying if I put in a pool, I'd put the pool equipment on solar--off the grid, then use a pool maintenance company! It's really not that hard, plus you have a better chance of having clear water in the spring if you do it yourself and do it right :). We're not on city sewer, but on a septic tank system! Disconnect your pump and filter. Place your foot on the spring and push down. The pool light wire should be long enough to store the light inside of the diving board, which is normal practice of the pool companies if the light is removed. First, backwash the filter until the water that runs out is clear. Drain the water to below the skimmer mouth, but DO NOT EMPTY THE POOL! Remove the drain plugs from it, note, there may be one or two, which will trap water inside. Pour 1 gallon of pool antifreeze into skimmer line; Put teflon tape on threads of a gizzmo and screw it into skimmer. You’ll also want to scrub the pool up to the tile line. This setting is used to filter the water through the sand. Install an air line fitting on the bottom of your filter basket housing, remove the drain plug and install the air line fitting. filter at pool closing time; wait until spring. Pool winterization. In the spring, we are just going to drain the pool anyways. You can get a replacement come spring. Your sand filter should be backwashed to get all remaining dirt and grime out of the filter. A safety cover has and up side and a down side. Open the drain at the bottom of the filter to let out any water in the filter outlet; be sure to open the air relief valve on top if you have one. Important: Don't acid wash a D.E. Place the handle of the diverter valve in a neutral position between filter and waste, or something like that, just don't leave the lever in one of the designated positions because there is still water in the diverter, when you put the handle in a neutral position it will allow the water to freeze and expand without cracking something internally on the diverter valve (See … Test & balance your pool water. Spray the cartridge filter elements and D.E. We only partially drained the pool for winter and you can either run a hose into the woods or drain it into the street, the pool water is basically drinking water if the chemical levels are correct and won't harm vegetation or animals. These include clearing the pool of any debris, blowing water out of the pipes and equipment. You will need pool water test strips, and the necessary pool chemicals to adjust your pool chemistry. Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on November 10, 2016: Not really, but you can rent one pretty cheap. Add about 1 half gallon of pool antifreeze to the pump basket housing and reinstall the cover. Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on October 15, 2019: I close all opening leading into the pool with plugs and gizmos because most likely the water will rise throughout the winter and fill the lines again possibly freezing and causing damage. At this point your pool water should be clean, free of metals and free of phosphates, the chlorine level should be almost perfect and your PH, Alkalinity, and Hardness levels should be at the ideal levels. Then, unplug the pump carefully. Step 1. Inflate an air pillow and float it … How to Winterize a Hayward Pool Pump. Step 2. Do you still recommend using winterizing chemicals? Straighten the tool on top of the anchor. All that said, I did find your article interesting--and if we had had a pool, I don't think it would be necessary to fully close the pool for winter--we don't get snow and ice here. Once you close a pool once, it will become easier each year and it will save you around $200- $300. I can't get on the pool company's schedule for another 6 weeks so am going to attempt this for the first time myself this year. When you lower the water level below the return lines, it allows the water to drain from them as well, so lower the water to just below the return lines (see the pictures for details). When closing an inground pool, do your instructions vary if we decide to NOT add pool anti-freeze? Put drain plug with other removed items in the pump basket. 2. Use the metal pole that came with the pool cover to install the springs onto the anchors. Thank you Eddie! Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on January 07, 2013: Just trying to help my fellow pool owner, a lot of pool owners will pay someone to close their pool, costing them over $250. Push it all the way down until it hooks the anchor, if I can do it while holding a camera, you can do it :). Above ground and inground pool winterizing using non toxic antifreeze and pool winterizing chemicals. So that's it! If you have a DE or sand filter, you can start this process by backwashing the filter, which will clear out a lot of the dirt and debris from of your filter and start the cleaning process. You said to fill the filter basket and bromatator, in my case, with anil-freeze, you didn’t explain how you get the anti-freeze down and into the return pipes? Put jet fittings and any other items that you remove in one of the skimmer baskets or with the other parts the pump basket to avoid loss. Your filter should take about 2-5 minutes to clean. (See pictures). After reading your step by step instructions I'm ready to close it myself. When blowing out the skimmer line and bottom drain line, the water levels should be below the frost line. This can be done by setting the pool filter multi-port valve to waste and backwashing the water. Prevent staining and scaling due to metals in the pool by adding BioGuard Hibernate Stain and Scale Inhibitor or Dazzle Stain and Scale Cleanse. To winterize your sand filter, remove the drain cap at the bottom of the filter tank to let the entire filter drain and leave the drain cap off until Spring. Inground Pool Closing (Winterizing) Step #1. Thanks for the great instructions. You'll already have a head-start and you'll use less chemicals. Your pool retailer offers ready-made kits for this purpose; use according to the maker's directions. If you have a heater, remove any drain plugs and drain it. This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Step 3. Put the multiport valve in the closed or "winter" position—blow the water out of it if necessary—and remove the pressure gauge. I start with the one under the diving board because I cant use the pipe to install the cover on this anchor. Thank you so much for this detailed article. Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on July 21, 2019: Alas, but the window for having a pool is closed. Using a water test kit, adjust the water to the recommended levels of pH, total alkalinity, calcium (hardness) and chlorination. Wait until spring, when you can conveniently run pool water through the system to rinse it out. Keep and store the plug or cap. Balancing the water chemistry helps to protect against scaling and corrosion over the winter. Store you ladder, hand rails and pool accessories for the winter, I use a bucket to store all the baskets, nozzles and whatever else that goes to the pool all in one place so when spring comes you can find everything easily. (because it's my stuff, lol) There a very few jobs I will hire someone to do for me, and if I do hire someone, I watch every detail so I can do it myself the next time :) Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it very much. Refill pool to the levels indicated depending on type of pool. The cover should be taut enough to prevent too much water and debris from accumulating and potentially damaging it. Is there an alternative? The cover is made to stretch like a trampoline, there are springs where the cover attaches to the anchors, so when the snow and ice build up on top of the safety cover, it will stretch to the top of the water. Some of the products needed are a non-toxic pool anti-freeze, Di-Chlor shock, granular winterizing (algaecide), and sequestering agent to prevent possible staining. The inground pools were super easy, basically set the chemicals and forget it if you do it right and use the proper chemicals. However; I have 2 questions... 1. Make sure you do, especially if you have a vinyl liner pool—you don't want stains on your liner from un-dissolved granules or damage to your equipment from concentrations of chemicals in the water. 10. Not bad that's pretty much right on.I'm a Supervisor/Swimming Pool Technician.Very detailed by the way. Then install the center springs next so the cover does not fill up with water. Pool filter valve positions Filter. How to Winterize an Inground Pool 1. You will be able to see the water get clean using the filter's sight glass. Thank you again for your help. The metal free will remove any damaging metals in the pool water, this will prevent any stains or water discoloration in the off season. In order for your sand filter to run properly, it must be regularly cleaned and maintained. To make sure there is no standing water inside, blow it out with a compressor or shop vac. So clean it, set it, and forget it! Drain water from filter, heater, pump, hoses, and pipes. I had to buy 2 kits this year because the company I buy my winterizing kits from stopped selling the large kits for 25,000 gal pools. Once you blow out the skimmer line there will still be some water in the line but it will be down about 5-6 feet and you probably won't be able to see it, I add about a half gallon down that skimmer line, install the gizzmo, then add the rest of the antifreeze to the skimmer basket. Store any small plugs or parts you have removed from the pump, heater and filter in the pump basket, so they're easy to find next year. Drain the basket housing of water, drain the pool pump from the bottom drain and unscrew the vent at the top of the pump to allow air to enter the top of the pump and let the water drain faster out if the filter. The best way I found to suck the remaining water from the skimmer is to use the pump one last time. Leave the diverter valve handle in a neutral position for the off season to allow ice to expand without damage. First time owners of a pool here =). It's nice to have two people when installing the cover, but not necessary. ;-). It is best to store all pool filter components in a dry place for the winter if possible. When you purchase a winterizing kit, buy one that will winterize the amount of water you have in your pool, if you buy a kit that is to small it, will be wasted money, so know your pools water capacity and buy the right kit. From there, just install the remaining spring covers and attach the remaining springs to their appropriate anchors. You should only need about 2-3 gallons of pool antifreeze to close the pool unless it's a huge pool; I am basing the capacities on a 23000 gallon pool. By now you should have all the pool cover anchor's popped up the cover should be ready to install. Then pull the filter plug to drain the main tank. Hi. Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on July 24, 2019: Sorry to hear that Liz, but you can stop at the natural hot springs along the way :) Keep writing about your journey as a full-time nomad, the stories should be very interesting :). Step 1 – Balance the Water Chemistry. Clean out any leftover chlorine in the self chlorinator. Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on January 16, 2013: When you work in the automotive field, you learn to do everything yourself, and usually just as good, if not better than the professionals. Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on September 09, 2017: Just make sure most of all the water is drained for the lines and use non-toxic environmentally safe antifreeze in the lines and filter. The gizmo is installed for 2 reasons, one is to stop water form reentering the skimmer lines during the winter and two, it is air filled, so that if water does enter the skimmer and freezes, the ice will expand and crush the gizmo and not split or crack your skimmer housing. Video of the Day. Thanks! If you winterize you pool properly in the fall, a spring opening will be a snap, and you will be the envy of you neighborhood pool owners. What if I don't have an air compressor to blow out the pump? Winterize your inground pool in 7 easy steps: Start by brushing the walls, emptying skimmer baskets and vacuuming, right down to the pool floor. Please try another location. Blowing out the lines sounds daunting but it's quite simple. Add your winterizing chemicals. I know the gizmo is already installed in the pic, sorry. It also has a bubbler. On the bottom of the basket housing at your pool pump, there is a little plug, remove the plug, and install an air line nozzle so you can attach an air line easily (see pictures for more detail). Next, install the skimmer cover on the skimmer (See pictures) this plastic bag will help keep out rainwater during the off season. If you own a sand filter, set your filter valve to backwash. Location is disabled by your browser. Watch the water drain from the return lines, when the water stops coming out of the return lines shut off the compressed air and cap the lines with special caps designed to keep water out during the off season. If you have any problems or questions, just shoot me a comment and I will answer it ASAP, because at this time of the year, time is of the essence. Here is how to winterize your in-ground concrete pool in six easy steps. filters, drain the filter tanks and leave the backwash valve open. I use to remove the pool light for fear of it cracking from the ice pushing against it but now I leave it in. Place the skimmer cover in a plastic bag and wrap it tight to keep water out of skimmer during the off season. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters. Closing inground pool with sun shelf approximately 15 inches below water line. When you're ready to stop pumping water from the bottom and the water level is where you want it, turn the lever on the inlet pipes to skimmer until you hear the pump suck air, then turn off the pump, but leave the inlet lever on skimmer. Now is a good time to add antifreeze to the skimmer , the water level should be low enough in the skimmer so that when you look down into the skimmer you cannot see any water in the pipe, if there is no water in the pipe, add your pool antifreeze, about 1 quart to 1 half gallon. Once the gizmo is installed and the antifreeze is all set, take the skimmer cover and wrap in it in a plastic bag, just take a plastic bag and put the skimmer cover in it, then wrap it so that the top of the cover is wrapped tight and the remaining part of the bag is on the underside of the cover. For D.E. I appreciate the effort it must have taken to put this article together. You need to clean your pool before adding winterizing chemicals. Every few weeks in the fall simply peel it off and shake debris loose. I always have opened my pool but paid a pool company to close. I didn’t use my pool this year and I wonder if the pool line antifreeze will still be good and make it through two winters? After all the water is removed from the return lines, cap them. This is the most important step, because if you close a dirty pool, it will only get worst throughout the winter. Make sure all water is completely drained from the pump. It is personal preference, but if you want to remove the pool light, there is one screw at the top of the light, and the bottom of the light slides into a holder. Before you put on the cover, you'll want to install a flotation device in the center of the pool. Once the water is below the return lines, you can shut off the pump. ... On sand filters, unplug the filter drain plug and leave off. Slide the spring covers over each spring as you attach them to the anchors, otherwise they may fall off into the water when installing the cover. And properly closing your pool will make your next pool opening much easier. After draining your pool for the winter: That is me unrolling the pool cover, see, I really do what I say I do :). Backwash the pool filter and leave the backwash valve open to drain the filter of water. Learning how to close a pool is much easier than most people might think. While backwashing, be careful not to let the water level drop too much. It's best to follow the instructions on the winterizing kit, that's why they're there. Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on July 21, 2019: I hear the same thing, "it's a lot of work and the cost is too high". The second last step in order to winterize your inground pool, involves blowing out the lines for the pool equipment. DO NOT acid wash a D.E. Let me know if this helps. Sand filters are compact, affordable, and effective mechanisms for keeping your swimming pool clean. Slide the tool into the loop end of the spring, put the pipe over the anchor, move the pipe straight up and down over the anchor and use your foot to slide the spring onto the anchor. While the pool water is draining, start removing the jet nozzles on the inlet lines, skimmer basket, ladder and handrails. adding winter chemicals, and covering the pool to keep debris from collecting in the pool over the winter months. If the cover has no spring installation tool, you can use a 3/4 metal pipe. Hi! When installing your safety cover, you will notice that the down side has hard plastic belts stitched into the cover to protect the cover from rubbing on the concrete during windy days, it also allows the cover to stretch without damage when snow and ice build up on top of the cover. These kits put high levels of chlorine and algaecide in the water to prepare it for the winter months ahead. Remove the hoses that are attached to the pool and the pump. … If you have a sand or DE filter, you can complete this step as you are backwashing your filter. :-(. WINTERIZING THE POOL EQUIPMENT. TURN OFF THE POWER TO THE POOL PUMP AS SOON AS YOU'RE done DRAINING THE POOL TO AVOID ACCIDENTAL CYCLEING OF THE POOL PUMP WITH NO WATER, IT WILL OVER HEAT AND MELT YOU'RE PUMP, RESLUTING IN UNNECESSARY REPAIR COSTS! If you have an inground pool with a pool safety cover, lower the water level between 6-12″ below the bottom of the tile. Lower the water to just below the return lines. Remove all return jet fittings, yes, the entire fitting. This is a good time to add a winterization chemical kit. Step 1. Start by adding the bottle of metal free to the pool water, just sprinkle it across the top of the water, do not add it to the filter. Clean your pool. This device needn't be anything fancy—it can be a "pillow" sold at your local pool retailer or a truck innertube.