WINTERIZING YOUR INGROUND POOL

1. BALANCE WATER

TAKE A SAMPLE OF YOUR POOL WATER TO YOUR LOCAL PROFESSIONAL DEALER FOR EXPERT ADVICE ON WATER BALANCE. IF NEEDED, ADJUST THE PH TO 7.4 – 7.6 AND MAKE SURE THE OTHER BALANCE FACTORS ARE IN THEIR PROPER RANGE.

 

2. DO CLEAN UP CHORES

BRUSH ALL POOL WALLS AND THE BOTTOM. VACUUM IF NEEDED. CLEAN ALONG THE WATERLINE AND AROUND POOL SURFACES WITH AN APPRIATE POOL SURFACE CLEANER. ALSO CLEAN OUT THE SKIMMER, AND HAIR AND LINT TRAP BASKET. BACKWASH YOUR FILTER AND USE A CHEMICAL CLEANER TO REMOVE OILS AND DIRT BUILD UP IN FILTER.

 

3. ADD WINTER CARE PRODUCTS

DO A DOUBLE TO TRIPLE SHOCK, DEPENDING ON YOUR CHLORINE LEVELS. ADD A BOTTLE OF POLYQUAT 60 AND PHOSAWAY. FOR LARGER POOLS, TWO BOTTLES OF PHOSAWAY MAY BE NECESSARY. LET FILTER FOR AT LEAST 24-48 HOURS BEFORE CLOSING DOWN. THAT ALLOWS FOR PROPER MIXING OF THE CHEMICALS IN WATER.

 

4. PREPARE YOUR EQUIPMENT

LOWER YOUR WATER JUST BELOW SKIMMER, PUT GIZZMO IN SKIMMER OR SKIMMERS. PLUG OFF ALL RETURN LINES. TAKE PLUGS OUT OF FILTER, PUMP AND POLARIS PUMP AND STORE IN PUMP BASKET FOR THE WINTER. PUT FILTER VALVE ON WINTERIZE. TAKE PRESSURE GUAGE OFF AND STORE INSIDE, IT WILL LAST LONGER.

 

5. COVER THE POOL

MAKE SURE YOU KEEP THE COVER TIGHT ALL YEAR LONG. THIS WILL PREVENT IT FROM SCRATCHING UP THE COPING OF THE POOL. IF YOU HAVE A MESH COVER KEEP PUMP ON THE SECOND STEP IN THE POOL.NEVER LET THE WATER FILL UP AND TOUCH THE COVER, IT WILL CAUSE ALGAE TO GROW. THE ONES WITH MESH COVER REALLY NEED TO OPEN POOL NO LATER THAN APRIL. REGULAR PLASTIC COVER: MAKE SURE YOU USE WATER BAGS ALL AROUND COVER. ALWAYS HAVE A COUPLE EXTRA ON HAND IN CASE ONE IS DAMAGED. PUT A PUMP ON TOP OF COVER AND KEEP WATER DRAINED OFF ALL WINTER LONG, TOO MUCH WATER ON COVER WILL CAUSE COVER TO TEAR.

 

GOOD LUCK AND HAVE A GREAT WINTER!!!

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