There are several steps you should follow when you close down an in-ground pool for the winter. These include clearing the pool of any debris, blowing water out of the pipes and equipment. adding winter chemicals, and covering the pool to keep debris from collecting in the pool over the winter months. This guide shows you how to do these steps with the exception of blowing out the line.
Items you need to order ahead are: rubber plugs for each of your return valves and skimmer(s), a winter chemical kit, a pool cover, a set of water tubes, and a leaf net.
Tools you will need include a loops wrench, a 5 gallon bucket, screwdrivers (flat and phillips)
Measure your pool to determine the proper size winter cover and leaf net for the pool. For standard rectangular pools, only the width and length are required.
Clean any debris from the skimmer, pump basket and also skim your pool one last time before placing on the cover. Skimming the pool before installation will prevent any lingering debris from settling at the bottom of your pool for months. This will help you prevent a more tedious start up process when you open your pool in the spring.
Any obstructions (i.e. railings, ladders or diving board) should be removed at this time. In this pool model we have a non-removable ladder and railing which we must accommodate. If the cover does not fit over these points then you may have to make points of entry as we have. Keep in mind this action of altering the cover in such a manner WILL void the warranty.
Lay out the length of your cover at poolside. With a person on opposite sides of the cover, grip the cover's edge and walk it over the surface of the pool. Be sure to minimize the amount of water on top of the cover when completing this step. Water could weigh down the cover and cause it to sink to the bottom.
We recommend completely securing your winter cover with a complete set of water tubes. This will provide a strong base for the cover while we install the net and prevent any wind from catching the cover.
Now that we have the winter cover in place, the leaf net can now be placed on top of the cover. A leaf net would be necessary for any pool closing that has a fair amount of trees in the area. The leaf net can be removed after the majority of the leaves have fallen. This prevents the leaves from deteriorating on top of your winter cover which may cause undue decay to the material.
Complete an all-points inspection of your winter cover installation. Check the cover to be sure it is evenly covering the pool surface. Inspect and adjust water tubes so that they are tied to and sitting on top of both covers. Also if you have any obstructions that were non-removable and the net and/or cover is being secured with cord or rope, double check to make sure the knot is tight.