Simple Steps to Sparkling, Clear Water
A pool is a thing of beauty. And keeping it that way is simple. Following the professional advice in these pages will help you prevent problems before they start and solve problems as they occur. Choose a topic from the pull-down menu below and we’ll help you maintain your pool at its ideal condition.
Winterizing & Closing Your Pool
You can contact your authorized poolife® Dealer for a professional pool closing or winterizing service. However if you are a seasoned pool owner or a do-it-yourselfer, follow these simple steps:
The method you use to close your pool (winterizing) is important and will vary depending on a cold or warm climate. Closing your pool properly will save you money, time and chemicals at the beginning of the next season.
- Take a pool water sample to an authorized poolife® Dealer for a full analysis.
- Balance the water per the dealer's recommendations. If metals are detected, add poolife® Intensive Stain Prevention® product per label directions.
- Thoroughly brush and vacuum the pool.
- Shock the water with poolife® TurboShock® shock treatment or poolife® Rapid Shock® shock treatment per label directions for winterizing.
- Add a winterizing dose of your preferred poolife® Algaecide - follow label directions.
- Run the filter for 24-48 hours. Thoroughly vacuum and remove any debris.
- If there is a chlorine feeder connected to the pool, make sure that there is no remaining chemical in the feeder. Clean and flush the feeder per manufacturer's directions or run filter until all remaining chemical has been dissolved.
- Clean the filter with the appropriate poolife® Filter Cleaner per label directions.
- Follow pool manufacturer's directions on draining the pool so that the water level is below the skimmers, and inlet lines.
- Winterize all equipment following the manufacturer's directions.
- Cover pool with properly fitting pool cover. Cover should be resistant to water, weather and pool chemicals. Seal the edge of the cover to prevent wind from getting under it. This will save you clean-up time when you re-open your pool by keeping out unwanted debris. (If you secure the cover with water bags, fill them only halfway to allow for expansion if they freeze.
For Regions with Milder Winters
If the pool is not covered during the months that it is not in use, follow the steps below:
- Follow steps 1-8 above.
- Continue good pool cleaning practices.
- Reduce the filter cycle to half of its swimming season setting.
- Clean the skimmer and pump baskets weekly or as needed.
- Monitor the pH, chlorine, total alkalinity and calcium hardness levels and adjust as necessary.
- Cover pool if desired. Even though you are not completely closing down your pool, you may want to cover it to keep leaves and dirt out, as well as reduce the need for chemicals and chlorination.