November 18, 2014 08:00 by medallionpools
Your pool is probably closed for the season. There are still a few things you need to do during the winter to help ensure your pool opening goes smoothly. Please note that this is just a generic information list and not intended as a complete winterizing guide. Every pool is different so please be sure to follow all the instructions found in your owner’s manuals. If you have any questions regarding your particular installation the company you purchased the pool or equipment from should be more than happy to help you. As always, when using any chemicals be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions and safety precautions. They are there for a reason.
• Check your water level regularly and add as needed
• If you have a solid cover, keep most of the water pumped off. A small layer of water will help keep it in place. 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.
• If you have a mesh cover, periodically add some winter algaecide to the pool to help prevent algae growth. Some covers you can do this through the cover, some must be pulled back. Check with your cover manufacturer for their recommendations.
• If you get ice on your cover, don’t break it. Sharp edges may cut it.
• To help prevent scale from accumulating and binding up the impeller and motor shaft, turn it on about once a month for no more then 3 seconds.
• 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. 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 items from happening.