Ed’s Winterizing Your Pool V2

In Blog, Maintenance Tips by Ed Miller

Fall is upon us and it might be time for you to start thinking about winterizing your pool. Here are a few of the basic steps to winterizing and protecting your pool & plumbing.

First start with a balanced pool and typically you will want to have these items on hand.

  • Shop Vac
  • Winterization plugs for the return lines.
  • A gizmo type device for the skimmer.
  • RV/Marine antifreeze which is safe and non-toxic.

This process does not apply to all pools only those in regions where there is a good chance of the water freezing and causing damage to the underground plumbing and mechanical equipment, milder regions might be OK with just a cover for winter.

  • You will first start by removing any leaves or debris from the surface of the pool, and the draining the pool down approximately 4-6″ below the skimmer.
  • It is not always necessarily to drain the pool below the returns but might be helpful depending on your particular winter conditions
  • Set your multiport valve to backwash so it is in the open position & drain the water from your filter and pump making sure the breaker switch for the pool equipment & heater are in the off positions. You can store the 2 plugs removed from circulation pump within your skimmer basket in the pump until it is time to start your pool up again in spring.
  • Make sure all of your valves are in the open position and If you have a tablet feeder make sure it is empty.
  • Remove your skimmer basket and using a shop vac remove as much water out of the line as possible then install a winterization tube/Gizmo. This device will protect your skimmer from ice expanding and cracking the skimmer enclosure. Generally, these devices will have 2 threaded surfaces and the ability to be screwed into the bottom of your skimmer and accommodate the 1-1/2″ or 2″ female thread in the bottom of the skimmer. 
  • Using a shop vac remove as much water as possible from your return lines then install rubber expansion plugs which you can get at your local hardware store.  
  • Pour approximately 1 gallon of the non-toxic RV/marine antifreeze into the winterization tube that was installed earlier in your skimmer allowing some to flow out and sit at the bottom of your skimmer. 

These are just a few basic tips for winterizing your pool, There is also a substantial amount of information online that can also help your shutdown & winterize your pool effectively, for your particular region.

Remember to balance the pool water and have a chlorine residual in the water and add a non-copper based algicide as per directions on the container

We will look at Hydrostatic Pressure and complete pool draining in a subsequent blog.

You can also read Ed’s Basic Winterizing Tips HERE.