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As the swimming season draws to a close, it is important to winterize your pool before the components of your pool freeze. Before you winterize your pool, make sure everything is in good working order, and repair anything that needs to be repaired before you begin closing your pool.

Clean the Water – Vacuum your pool thoroughly and pump the wastewater to the appropriate location.

Treat the Water – Next, balance the water’s calcium hardness, total alkalinity, and pH. Use a stabilizer, sanitizer, and an algaecide to treat the water. You don’t want the water to become corrosive during the winter. Check the instructions on your winterizing chemicals for the exact amounts.

Lower the Water Level – Close the skimmer line, and then lower the water level to approximately 18 inches below the pool’s edge. Depending on the pool and the cover you will be using, you should lower your water to a different level. Check the manufacturer’s instructions on your pool cover.

Drain the Pipes – Follow your manufacturer’s instruction to drain water out of all the piping. Drain as much water as you can from the heater and filter and add nontoxic antifreeze. This is very different from the antifreeze you put in your car so make sure you buy it at a pool supply store.

Drain the Valves – Next, drain the valves, and make sure that any valves below the water level are tightly sealed. For valves below the water level that you cannot drain, use electric heat tape to prevent freezing.

These are just the first five steps you need to take to winterize your pool. In our next post, we will guide you through the second half of the winterization process. When you need advice on maintaining your pool in the Pittsburgh area, turn to the staff at Valley Pool and Spa.