In Ground Pool Design And Maintenance Tips

Usually the pool is closed in mid-October. And we take advantage to do so, the long weekend of Thanksgiving. But there are some who wait until early November. Just before the first frost. The water is still clear and will require fewer chemicals to keep it well before then. It will also let alone to close because of the colder weather, says Annie-Claude Demers-Soucy, Advisor at the retailer.

Okay! Keep it open a few weeks costs for energy and maintenance products.  But not so much because the weather conditions allow stopping the pump and filter up to eight hours a day. While the water heater, which is not needed, will be taken out of service.

By the close, continue to treat your water to suppress the formation of deposits on vinyl canvas and the formation of algae. Also, if you have a leaf net, have it on your pool without the extent possible, in contact with water. Once finished the falling leaves, remove it.

Shock Treatment

To close your pool, it will administer a shock treatment a few days before. In time, we will release the kit, containing all the necessary products, and its manual, “says Mr. Lintel. But during the chore, so do not let too distracting. A few minutes spent with a visitor, for example, can be enough to make you forget where you left off and make you skip a step which can, for example, lead to a broken pipe or equipment.

Step by step, here is the wintering performing procedures suggested by Soucy pool maintenance for above ground pool, first; inground pool then.

A manual subject to the manufacturers instructions and your pool as to the specifics of your pool, including its size and its peripherals. Procedures for above ground pools

1. Clean the pool and adjust pH between 7.2 and 7.4. This will make more efficient administered products.

2. A few days before closing, allow the shock treatment. May be used for this, granular chlorine or Magic Shock, effective in cold water.

3. Remove the accessories: wide or prefabricated walking robot, roller and solar blanket. Clean them with fresh water and store them dry.

4. Lower the water level. With bottom drain: Place the three-way valve in position full drain or if it is numbered from 1 to 4 valve, position the handle to point upwards; bring water to 18 inches (50 cm) under the shelf of the skimmer by placing the filter in position drain or waste .

5. Without bottom drain: Place the hose and vacuum the pool as for cleaning by connecting the end of the hose into the skimmer; put the filter to the position drain or waste and start the pump; when the water level reaches the bottom of the skimmer, let it run a little water through a garden hose so that the pump does not suck air. If you have used this method and that the pump draws too much air, you can connect the vacuum hose directly to the pump, but using the proper adapter; reduce the level of water as described in the preceding paragraph.

6. Remove each of the hoses connecting the pool filtration system. Identify them so as not to confuse them next spring.

7. Remove the three way valve in the skimmer, if possible. Otherwise, make sure it does not accumulate water during the fall. Maybe can you enjoy the season to replace the three-way valve by a model with a screw joint that is intended to facilitate storage.

8. Remove now the return water balls and leave the back to serve as overflow during heavy rains.

9. Filtration System: Remove the filter cap and let drain water; Then, slightly tilt the filter to be sure there is still no water; Above all, do not turn the filter cap, which can be left outside if well drained; turn the valve “selector” filter to the position winterize or between two positions; if you plan to heavy snow, you can always switch on the filter head waterproof plastic bag; drain, now the pump by removing the plug located at the bottom of the strainer; Finally, it Store it in a dry, warm place so that they are not damaged engine parts; Finally, to avoid drying out the mechanical seal, put a lubricant antifreeze (Lubrigel) into the strainer.

10. Heating: completely drain any device (heat pump, gas, electricity, solar power, etc.); check the manual of the manufacturer so locate the drain plugs and do not forget; Use a vacuum cleaner relevant to drain completely the appliance; If possible, pour a liter of Lubrigel in the pipes to avoid freezing and protect the internal components. If the system configuration prohibits the administration of antifreeze, make sure that the drain is complete.

11. Component protection against frost: if your pool is equipped with a bottom drain, pour the amount of biodegradable and odorless antifreeze pools. This, until it appears at the bottom of the pool by the bottom drain; then insert a polystyrene bead of a meter in it, which will absorb dilation in freezing liquid; placing an expandable plug (No. 7 or 8) at the end of the main drain conduit; place a protective polystyrene in the skimmer.

12. Light in the water return? Remove the bulb and store it with the electric transformer in a dry place.

How to “winterize” the pool dug

1. For the preliminary stages of pool cleaning, the pH adjustment, the shock treatment and the withdrawal of Accessories, including the springboard, refer to the procedure for the above ground pool. The approach is identical.

2. Next, lower the water level. Bottom drain connected to the pump by an independent conduit: close (the) valve (s) open the skimmer and the bottom drain; bring water to 18 inches (50 cm) under the shelf of the skimmer by placing the filter in position drain or waste. Bottom drain connected below the skimmer: use the appropriate adapter to pump water from bottom drain only; bring water as précédemment.Sans bottom drain, unless it is dysfunctional: Place the hose and the vacuum cleaner in the pool as for cleaning by connecting the end of the hose into the skimmer; when the water level reaches the bottom of the skimmer, let it run a little water through a garden hose so that the pump does not take the air; lower the water level as before. Unable to reduce the water level by using the filtration system? Hire a pump into a tooling center.

3. Remove, now, the balls return water, basket (s) skimmer. Store them dry.

4. Filtration system: see procedure for above ground pools.

5. Drain underground conduits: use a vacuum to remove any water that is still found in the pipes skimmer (s) and return water; according to them and the nature of your vacuum cleaner, you can or vacuum, or blow the water. Pay particular attention to the suction line in the skimmer. This is most likely to accumulate water place can cause costly repairs.

6. Heating See procedures above ground pool.

7. Component protection against frost: if your pool is equipped with a bottom drain connected below the skimmer, pour the amount of biodegradable and odorless antifreeze pools. This, until it appears at the bottom of the pool by the bottom drain; then insert a polystyrene bead of a meter in it, which will absorb dilation in freezing liquid; place a cap on the end of the flowline drain into the skimmer; pour the maximum antifreeze in the pipe connecting the skimmer to the pump; insert a coil a meter of polystyrene in the duct of the skimmer; put the appropriate plug on the whole. Then, screw plugs in each of the water returns, usually 1.5 ‘standards. Sometimes, depending on the model of expansion plugs are required; Take advice from your advisor or your pool. Finally, place a protective polystyrene in the skimmer.

8. Light, if there occurs: Remove the block of tight niche without undoing the electrical connection, let it go through the bottom of the pool to prevent drying of the seals. Do not do it if your pool is leaking or if the water level is not enough; in fact, you can also place it on the edge of the pool, but putting it in a plastic bag. Make sure that children do not approach and that no one turns on the light. These ways make are timely for most lights. However, climatic conditions, the type of light and several factors can cause damage. If in doubt, learn from your pool or your advisor.

9. Steps and canvas pools: if your pool is covered with a vinyl fabric, raise the water level to about 5 inches down the bottom shelf of the skimmer, but once you have fulfilled all tasks previous. Thus, the canvas will not move nor shrink. Be sure that water does not enter the water returns and the skimmer is protected against the formation of ice.

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