Winterizing Your Pool – Part 3

clock September 21, 2017 10:19 by author medallionpools |

inground pool with safety cover

We wanted to give you a few basic tips on how to winterize your vinyl liner inground swimming pool. Please note that this is generic information, not intended as a complete winterizing guide. Every pool is different so please be sure to follow specific instructions in your owner’s manual. If you have any questions pertaining to how to winterize your swimming pool, or other equipment, the company you purchased from should be more than happy to help.

When using any chemicals, be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions and safety precautions. They are there for a reason.

Related: Types of Winter Swimming Pool Covers

Pool winterizing resources are available in several parts. This third installment deals mainly with what to do during the winter.

  • It is normal to add water to your pool throughout the winter months due to evaporation. Lift your cover often, check your water level and add as necessary.

  • If your cover is waterproof, water will accumulate on the top from winter rain. When the water level reaches 1 to 2 inches in depth, then it is time to pump most of it off. It is recommended to leave a film of water on water tube type covers to keep them from whipping about in the wind. When you pump the water off your cover make sure you replace the water in the pool with a garden hose while you are pumping the cover off. If you do not keep your water level up high then there is a good possibility that your liner will float and wrinkles could develop on the bottom and/or sides of your liner. A shifting of the bottom can also occur.

  • Do not try to break the ice on your cover. The sharp edges might cut the cover.

  • Start the motor at least once each month for no more than 3 seconds. This will help prevent scale from accumulating and binding up the impeller and motor shaft.

  • Again, never drain the water from your pool and always keep your water level high. Remember when you pump water off your cover always have a garden hose filling your pool at the same time at the same rate as you are pumping your cover off.

It is very difficult to cover every detail that is required to winterize a swimming pool. We hope we have covered most of the items in these articles. If you have any additional questions or concerns visit your local pool store, your installer, or your pool’s manufacturer. This set of instructions is designed as a general guide only. Every pool is unique and has individual requirements for winterization.

Related: 6 Things To Do With Your Pool This Winter

Medallion neither makes nor implies any guarantee that by following these instructions you will halt all chances of a floating liner, cracked or frozen skimmer, cracked or frozen pump, cracked or frozen heater, cracked or frozen filter, cracked or frozen plumbing, etc. These are all considered acts of God and it is the responsibility of the homeowner to prevent these events from happening. 

For more swimming pool winterizing tips, contact us or your local swimming pool dealer.



Swimming Pool Filter Multi-Port Valves

clock August 24, 2017 10:03 by author medallionpools |

The multi-port valve may be attached on the top or on the side of your DE or sand filter. Six main functions are controlled with this valve plus one winterizing function. Please keep in mind that this article is for general information purposes only. Be sure to read your filter’s manual and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Multi-Port Valve Functions
1. Filter
2. Backwash
3. Rinse
4. Recirculate
5. Close
6. Waste

The normal operating mode will be in the filter position. Water from the swimming pool is going thru the filter and being cleaned and returning to the pool. You can vacuum your pool in the filter position. The debris from the pool goes into the filter. When you complete the vacuum process, remove your cleaning equipment and turn the pump off. Place the multiport handle in the backwash position. Turn pump on. Water will go out the backwash hose and fill up the sight glass on side of the value. When it is clear, turn pump off and put valve in rinse function. Turn pump on for about 20 seconds. This clears debris from plumbing lines inside the filter.

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If you have periods of heavy rain and notice the water level of your pool is getting very high, turn the pump off and place the multiport handle in the waste position. Turn pump on. This bypasses the filter and lets water go directly out the backwash hose. You can also vacuum your pool in this position if your pool has a lot of water, or you have a lot of dirt in the bottom of the pool you don’t want to vacuum into your filter media. The re-circulate function bypasses your filter and might be used when you use floc or alum in your pool (to clear up a cloudy pool).

Check your pump’s strainer basket weekly (at the minimum) to remove any leaves or debris. Depending on the conditions around your pool you may need to check it more often. When you open the lid to remove the basket, you are letting air in your plumbing lines. Place the multiport handle in the closed position first might help keep more water in your plumbing lines. Take it off of closed and go back to filter before you turn pump on.

For more helpful inground swimming pool tips, see your local Medallion pool leader, or contact us.