Swimming pool parts are a hefty investment. Some can be seriously damaged if they freeze. You can save yourself time and money if you take the time to properly winterize your swimming pool. Chemical treatment is an important part of winterizing your swimming pool. Good chemical treatment will make the pool much easier to open in the springtime.
One of the first steps you should take is to chemically treat the swimming pool water. To prevent metal stains, add our Protect All Supreme. You should also shock the water using one of Bio-Dex’s treatments. Apply a stain and scale remover as well. Adjust the pH and the water alkalinity. Add an algaecide such as Aqua Pure or Skill-it to prevent algae growth over the winter. Then, thoroughly brush and vacuum your pool to remove all existing debris. You may want to consult with your local Bio-Dex dealer for recommendations about chemical treatment.
Add antifreeze to all swimming pool lines. You should add a gallon of antifreeze for every ten feet of pipe. It’s important to drain all the water from the lines so they do not freeze. You can do this in a couple of ways. You can lower the water level below the skimmer and all return lines. This should be about two feet below the tile line on the swimming pool. Otherwise, you can use a blowout extension to clear the lines. When water has fully drained out of the lines, put winterizing plugs in the return and skimmer lines. Next, place drain plugs in the strainer basket of the pump and put the strainer cover back in place. Seal the skimmer pipe which will absorb any ice pressure.
You should remove non-permanent items from the swimming pool. This includes hoses, ladders, skimmers, automatic pool cleaners, basketball hoops and removable stairs. After you remove these items, cover the pool with a durable winter cover to protect the remaining water. This will make spring startup much simpler. Depending on the type of cover you purchase, you may need to weigh it down with water bags to keep it from slipping. Check the water bags regularly to ensure that they are full so the cover doesn’t slip. Many people choose to put netting over the cover so they can easily remove leaves and other debris from the cover.
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