Closing Your Pool

Step 1 Check the pH
Winterizing your pool correctly can make spring start up easier. To begin, check the pH level and bring it into ideal range (7.4 - 7.6) by using IDEAL pH Increaser or IDEAL pH Reducer.

Step 2 Shock and Add Algaecide
Either IDEAL Sure Shock, IDEAL Fast Shock or IDEAL Muli-Shock are recommended for this step. By raising the chlorine level and adding the proper dosage of algaecide, your pool will remain algae-free during the fall and winter months.

Step 3 Brush the Pool Walls and Vacuum
Wipe away any waterline stain on the pool’s walls by using IDEAL Tile & Vinyl Cleaner. Then, after all ladders and other movable objects have been removed, brush and vacuum. Be sure to follow this step by thoroughly backwashing the filter.

Step 4 Lower the Water Level
Following the manufacturer’s instructions, partially drain your pool. Usually just below the skimmer, or approximately 18” is recommended. Drain all water from the pump, filter, heater, hoses and pipes to protect from freezing. Most in-ground pools require that the lines be blown out and plugged. A non-toxic anti-freeze can also be placed in the lines to help ensure that any water left in the line won’t freeze and rupture the pipe.

Be certain to follow your pool manufacturer’s instructions for proper method of protecting the underground lines of your pool.

Step 5 Cover Your Pool
A good quality cover is one of the best investments a pool owner can make. A pool cover will protect your pool from leaves, sticks and other debris that not only can puncture a vinyl liner but stain any type of pool surface. Add IDEAL Stain & Scale Magic for added assurance against staining during the winter months.