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A properly closed pool is a pool that will survive the winter months without freeze damage and
will be easy to open come spring. The cleaner the pool is when you close
it, the less work you will have at the start of the next season.
When you are ready to close your pool for the season you will want to first
be sure that the water is CLEAN AND BALANCED.
1. We recommend that you bring a water sample to
Pools & Spas A Go-Go for a complete water
analysis before winterization and make any necessary adjustments. Be sure that the pH reads
between 7.2 ¨C7.
8 and the Total Alkalinity between 125-175 ppm prior to adding closing
2. Brush and Vacuum the pool and remove any fallen leaves or debris. Leaves left in the pool
over the winter months can cause staining to the pool liner.
3. Add winterizing chemicals as per the instructions for your brand specific chemical program.
You may need to circulate the pool water for several hours when adding chemicals- prior to
pool closing. If your pool does not have a sanitizer level present (Free chlorine of 1-3 ppm
, Simple
Blue Oxidizer 1.0 ppm, SoftSwim 30-50 ppm), it must be added in addition to winterizing chemicals.
4. You must protect your skimmer by one of two methods:
a) Install a
press-in Skimmer Plug.
b) Install a freeze protector- such as a Gizzmo to absorb
expansion and contraction.
5. Unthread the directional eyeball fitting from the return inlet and hand tighten the threaded
plastic cap into the return.
6. Remove ladder and
drain thoroughly.
7. The use of an air pillow placed underneath the winter cover is r
ecommended to extend
life of the winter cover. Use a compressor, pump or hand held blow dryer to fill the air
pillow full. DO NOT over inflate or fully inflate air freeze pillow. You may also want to
place a piece of duct tape over the air cap to help keep securely closed throughout the
winter. Tie the pillow using rope into the center of the swimming pool.
8. Place the winter cover over the pool so that the cover is centered with an equal amount of
over hang around the perimeter of the pool. Secure the cover by lacing the cable through
the grommets and then tightening the winch. DO NOT hang water filled gallon jugs from
the cover¡¯s grommets. The weight will destroy the cover and voids the manufacturer¡¯s
warranty. When securing cover with cable, cord or other mounting device, make sure the
cable, cord, etc. is positioned over the top of the Thru-the-Wall skimmer and NOT UNDER
9. You may want to consider using cover clips to prevent wind from getting under the cover at
the grommets and lifting the cover. These clips slip over the cover and the top rail.
10. Your cover should rest on the surface of the water. Allow an accumulation of 1 to 2 inches
of water on top of the cover to prevent it from flapping or dislodging during high winds. If ice
forms on cover, do not tamper with ice or attempt to remove. Leave ice until it melts.
Before removing cover in the spring be sure to siphon off all excess water resting on pool
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