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Video:How to Close an Inground Pool

with William Morgan

Close an inground pool during the winter months so that your pool remains clean and in good working condition for summer. Follow this step-by-step guide to learn how to close an inground pool.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Close an Inground Pool

Hi, this is William with About.com, and today with the help of Chattanooga Pool and Patio, we are going to show you how close an inground pool.

Remove Pool Accessories Before You Close an Inground Pool

First you need to make sure your water is chemically balanced. Doing this protects the pool from corrosion or scale build up.

Remove all ladders, ropes, rails, and any other deck equipment. Brush and vacuum the pool. If you leave any dirt, it may cause unwanted stains.

Don't Drain the Pool Completely When You Close an Inground Pool

Now you need to lower the water in the pool below the returns and skimmer. Never completely drain a pool. Add winterizing chemicals to the pool, to help protect the water during the cold months.

Clean the Skimmer When You Close an Inground Pool

Next you need to clean the pump basket, skimmer, and filter. With a shop vac, suck the water out of the skimmer. After all of the water blows out of the skimmer, screw in the skimmer guard and replace the skimmer lid. Clean and store your cartridge filter elements and D.E. grids. Remove eyeball fittings on the returns.

Blow water out of the system with an air compressor or shop vac. Force the air down the skimmer and through the plumbing. Cap off return lines with threaded plugs or expandable rubber plugs.

Remove Drain Plugs From Pump When You Close an Inground Pool

Next remove all drain plugs from the pump, filter tank, and any other equipment. Place the drain plugs in the pump basket for storage. Turn off the circuit breaker to the pool, and make sure the timer is off. If you are in a cold climate, disconnect equipment, pump and filter, and store in a garage or basement where it can't freeze.

Cover the Pool to Close an Inground Pool

The last thing you are going to do is place a cover over the pool. If you want to stop the accumulation of water on top of the cover, then place a cover pump in the center of the pool to drain the water.

You may have to make some adjustments to these instructions depending on your pool setup, and you should always consult a professional to avoid costly mistakes.

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