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Water expands when it freezes, and will crack fittings, pipes, pumps, etc.

Proper winterization will help avoid unnecessary problems and potentially costly repairs in the spring.

Timing: 

January (yearly)


NOTE: The tasks and timings shown here for your Swimming Pool are based on a single-family home (owned), located in Massachusetts, United States, with priority set at ‘1 star' or higher, for all possible goals.


If you set your personalization differently in your Home Wizard app, then you may get reminders for different tasks and timings in your recommended home care program for your Swimming Pool.

How To

swimming pool care Each swimming pool is different so you should contact a local pool professional for the specific maintenance requirements for your particular pool. But below are shown some generalized instructions for preparing your pool for winter:

In-ground pools:

Backwash the filter very well.

Disconnect pump and filter, being sure to drain all water out.

Drain water from all of your pipes and fittings around your pump and filter system.

Drain and remove all water from heater (if applicable).

Remove all return jet fittings.

Use an air compressor to blow water out of all return jet pipes.

Use an air compressor to blow water out of all skimmer pipes.

Use an air compressor to blow out main drain line (as applicable).

Cover all exposed pipe openings with duct tape.

Remove rope, floats, volleyballs nets, diving boards, ladders, etc.

Add winterizing chemicals (be sure they are pre-dissolved in a bucket, since you will not have the circulating pump on).

Adjust water level as appropriate for your pool and region of the country.

Place the cover on the pool.

Lay out water tubes, if applicable.


Above ground pools:

Backwash the filter very well.

Plug the return pipes and skimmer.

Disconnect pump and filter, being sure to drain all water out.

Remove skimmer box and replace with plate and gasket (optional).

Blow up and install air pillows (optional).

Remove rope, floats, ladders, rails, etc.

Add winterizing chemicals (be sure they are pre-dissolved in a bucket, since you will not have the circulating pump on).

Secure the cover on the pool.

Helpful Accessories

Pool Winterizing and Closing Chemical Kit
Pool Winterizing and Closing Chemical Kit

Keeps your pool oxidized all winter

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Pool Winter Covers
Pool Winter Covers

Helps prevent algae growth, and withstands damage from chemicals, pH shifts, mildew, salts & extreme winter temperatures

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Duct Tape
Duct Tape

A heavy-duty duct tape is designed for long-term, permanent, exterior repairs

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Air Compressor
Air Compressor

For blowing water from pipes, and other uses

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Benefits

  • Health & Safety
  • Maintaining Value
  • Avoiding Unscheduled Repairs
  • Appearance

The benefits of this task are very high. Failure to properly winterize your pool can lead to major repair costs later.

Costs

The cost of this task is relatively high. It can be quite time consuming, and may even be something that you want to hire a professional to do for you.

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