We know you have had a fun summer and are dreading “packing up” the swimming pool, but it is that time of year again. Not sure where to start? Here’s what you need to know to close down your aboveground pool this year? Read on!
Adjust Chlor & pH Levels
Make sure that all of your levels are within the correct ranges, including your chlorine and pH level. If either one of those are off either direction (high or low), make sure it is corrected before shutting off the filter system. It is very important that these levels be proper to insure that algae will not form once the filtration system has been turned off. We are relying solely upon the chemical levels as well as the special winter chemicals that we are adding to keep those thousands of gallons clean & clear for another 6 months! If needed, add chlorine (tablets or granular) and wait a few days to insure that the level is where it should be. If there is any algae present in the water, you may need to super shock and wait up to a week until everything is back to normal.
Add Winter Chemicals
It is important to get the correct winterizing chemicals (and in the correct dose for your size of pool) to prevent bacteria from forming over the winter. Aqua Palace sells chlorine winterizing kits in two different sizes – small kits and large kits. The small kit will winterize a pool up to 12,000 gals and the large kit will winterize up to 24,000 gals. These kits contain a Non Chlorine Shock which will kill any bacteria that is present and stay in the water for a longer period of time than the traditional shock. You will also have a special winter algaecide that is added to prevent the growth of any algae when the water is stagnant and not circulating. The last thing that will need to be added is a metal & stain control. This simple prevents any calcium, iron, or copper in your water from building up over the winter while the water is not moving, which can cause staining and or a cakey build up. It is recommended to let these products circulate for 12-24 hrs prior to turning off your filter system.
Vac the Pool
Another important key to proper winterization is to make sure that all of the debris is cleaned off the surface, walls and floor of the pool before turning the filter system off. If any debris is left in the pool (including leaves, fine dust or silt, or bugs) they will increase your chances of algae forming. Algae feeds off the phosphates in the water, which comes from dying and decaying debris such as leaves. Close the pool down pretty and it will look pretty in the spring!
The last thing that will be put on after the filter system is turned off, the water level is drained (if needed, depending on the type of pool), hoses are disconnected and put away and the winter plugs are placed in the correct wall fittings is the winter cover. This cover will protect the interior of your pool from the harsh Omaha winters and will also keep the debris out of your pool. These covers are dark in color, which helps to keep sunlight from getting into the pool and allowing algae to form (as long as all the other precautions have been taken with the proper chemical levels.) Once the cover is placed over the pool and secured, you can then enjoy all the colors of fall around you and remember all of the fun times you had in your pool this summer! Get ready to start your count down for spring, when the pool will be back open for business again!