- Add winterizing chemicals to your pool water the night before you plan to close your pool.
Let the filter circulate the chemicals overnight.
- Backwash the filter thoroughly.
- Lower the water level in the pool approximately 3 to 6 inches below the bottom of the Skimmer. If you have a main drain, just shut off the valve(s) for the skimmer(s) and run the filter on backwash or waste. If you do not have a main drain, hook up your hand pool vacuum, putting the vac hose directly into the bottom of the skimmer, and run the filter with the valve on backwash or waste. As the pool water goes down, be sure to keep water in the skimmer with a garden hose. If neither of these options work, you can use a Submersible Pump.
- Disconnect and drain your filter system.
Remove all drain plugs from the pump and filter, chemical feeder and heater. If you have a D.E. Filter you should disassemble it, chemically clean the Filter Elements and rinse them off with a high pressure washer. Put the filter back together and bring it inside. We recommend storing the filter inside for the winter season.
- Blow out underground lines.
Using the exhaust from a shop vac or similar device, blow water from the skimmer lines at the skimmer so that water comes out at the pump. Stop and restart the blower repeatedly until no more water comes out at the pump. Pour one gallon of Robelle Non-toxic Swimming Pool Antifreeze down the skimmer. Install Gizzmo in the skimmer. You will need one gallon of non-toxic swimming pool antifreeze for each 25 feet of underground line to and from the pool (including all skimmer lines, all returns, and the main drain).
Next, blow out the other lines from the filter connections. If the opening in the pool is above water, just blow on and off until no more water comes out. If the line is below water, blow into it from the filter side for ten seconds or until a steady stream of bubbles is coming out. Install the plug while the blower is still running. Make sure the plug is tight enough so that no more air is getting out. Turn off the blower and add antifreeze. If you have a main drain, you need to winterize it as well. Pour one gallon non-toxic antifreeze into the line from the filter side. Close the valve. Check the filter system one more time to make sure it is totally drained. Pour pump protector or antifreeze into the pump housing. If you cannot store the pump and filter inside, protect it from the weather by covering it with a tarp.
- Remove all ladders and handrails, and remove the Anchor Wedges from the sockets.
Diving boards are usually far enough away that they do not interfere with the winter cover, so removal is optional, but recommended. Any sharp corners in the coping of your pool (such as the couplings or the cut made for stairs) should be padded so that they will not rip your winter cover. Tears from sharp edges are not covered by pool cover warranties.
- Pull the cover over the pool.
Pull the cover over the pool allowing it to sit on the water, taking care that the edges do not fall in. Adjust the position of the cover loosely. If you pull the cover taut, it will be pulled into the pool when rain and snow collect on it. There should be just enough of the cover out of the pool for the water tubes to sit on, with plenty of extra material in the pool.
- To hold the cover in place, use water tubes.
Never use rocks, blocks, or other solid objects for this purpose. They will damage your cover, and if they fall, will damage the surface of your pool. Tying the cover down at the grommets is recommended as a supplement to water tubes, never as a replacement for water tubes. A cover torn by tying it down, or weighing it down with solid objects is not covered by warranty! Put water tubes around the perimeter of the pool. There should be no more than one to two feet between tubes, so that wind cannot get underneath the cover. Single tubes are adequate if your cover has loops to hold them in place. If not, double tubes are recommended, since they are less likely to roll. Water tubes should be filled to approximately half capacity, so that they will not burst when frozen.
- Your pool should now be ready for winter.
Remember, it is very important to pump or siphon any water off the cover as soon as possible when it rains or when the snow melts. Damage to the cover caused by excessive weight on top is not covered by warranty.
- Robelle Shock
(2 pkgs. per 10,000 gallons)
- Robelle Winter Chemical Kit
- Robelle Non-toxic Antifreeze (for pools) (One gallon per line, 2 gallons per line if over 25 ft.)
- Plugs (for return lines or deep suction)
- Appropriate Winter Cover
- Water Tubes (see below)
- Pool Cover Pump or Siphon
- Leaf Master or Leaf Rake
The number of water tubes needed: