One of the most important things in owning a pool is protecting your investment. By taking the right steps to close your pool, you won’t have any unpleasant surprises in the Spring, such as winter damage, which is not covered by warranty.
1. Balance your chemicals
You can visit your local Namco store with a water sample for a free balancing test.
2. Vacuum Debris
Make sure it’s as clean as possible so in the Spring there is far less work to be done.
3. Add Your Winter Chemicals
After you finish vacuuming your pool and balancing your water chemistry, the next step is to add winter chemicals. First, shock your pool. Shock can be added based on the volume of water in your pool. Next, add Winterizer. This is added as a preventative for any algae growth.
These chemicals will make your job easier in the spring time.
When adding winter chemicals, make sure they run for at least one cycle.
A cycle is typically 4-6 hours. This allows all the water to pass through your filter at least one time to ensure proper circulation.
Preparing the Ice Equalizer: Fill it no more than 2/3 full with air. When filling it with air, there is a blockage that prevents the air from coming back out. To secure, there are reinforced grommets in opposite corners.
Take a single continuous line, run it over the pillow, and then and back through the other side.
Prepare Winter Tabs: Remove the plastic blockage at the top to be able to string the line through the top of the tab. Then, remove the label. Once the label is off, you’ll see several indentations in the plastic. Poke these indentations to allow the chemical to release slowly over the entire winter season.
Once you’ve had those openings poked out, take your winter tablets, string it across your pool and secure it to the other side.
Quick tip: When setting up the winter tabs and inflatable, make sure to use two separate lines so that when you’re inflatable deflates, it doesn’t pull the lines down too deep.
The last thing before lowering your water level down is to add liquid pump protector. This does two things for your system. First it neutralizes any residual chemicals in the pump housing , and second, it lubricates the seals within the pump itself.
4. Lower Your Water Level
Now that you’ve added your winter chemicals to the pool the next step is to lower your water level down.
Bring it down just below the return line where the water shoots back into your pool. Once this has been done you can disconnect your filter and bring it inside to a controlled environment.
It’s a good idea to protect your skimmer and return fitting. You can purchase plates that simply pop into the opening of the skimmer on the inside of the pool. They will do is prevent any water from getting in to the skimmer body and causing damage.
The other item we have is your return fitting. To setup, remove the eyeball inside. That eyeball consists of three components: a collar, eyeball, and an interior fitting. Once you’ve removed all three pieces, you will see a plug. The plug goes inside the opening and prevent any water from going inside and again causing freezing damage to your pool.
5. Secure your cover
Cover clips provide you can extra set of hands to get your cover in position initially. This is important especially in the larger pool because it can be quite difficult to mount your cover to your pool.
With cover clips – make sure the flat side is facing out away from the pool. The curved side will go against the pool. Secure the cover about 6” below the pools frame. Start at the bottom of the frame, and roll it forward. Repeat.
Now that your cover is held to your pool, the final step is to secure it. The benefit of the clips is the second hands we mentioned earlier but also to prevent any wind from getting under the cover which typically will damage your cover over time.
Once you have the clips in place, run your cable through the grommets.
To secure the cable, use your winch. Feed the cable through one end, then through the center, and take the other end of the cable, and feed it through the other end of the winch and again through the center.
Once you have both ends fed through, you can start to turn the handle and this will bring the cover taut to the pool itself.