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Ultimate Pool Closing Checklist

Updated: Mar 2, 2020

An extended check list for you to refer to when closing your in-ground swimming pool. This of course varies from pool to pool. This is a brief check list it does not list out all steps required for certain task. Please be sure to read instructions and follow manufacture procedures when closing your pool.

Clean the pool…

  • Vacuum

  • Wipe down waterline

  • Net debris off the surface of pool

  • Backwash and rinse

  • Clean out all baskets

Test and treat the water…

  • Metal & stain control

  • Algaecide

  • Balancers

  • Sanitizers

Remove deck equipment and fittings…

  • Handrails and ladders

  • Volleyball and basketball

  • Return jet fittings (return eye, return ring, wall fitting)

  • Suction/vac line wall fitting

  • Thermometers

  • Toys and rafts

  • Safety ropes

  • Chlorine floaters

Pool lights…

(in some pools - customer preference)

  • Turn your pool light around to prevent from ice building up pressure behind the light


Automatic Pool Covers

  • Completely shut

  • Put cover pump on

  • Flip the lead bar (top track cover - wheels facing up)

Mesh & Solid Anchor Covers

  • Unscrew anchors high enough to attach the cover

  • Make sure facing the right direction

  • Put cover pump on (solid covers)

Water Tube Covers

  • Fill the water tubes 3/4 full (allow room for expansion from freezing)

  • Put cover on and pull tight

  • Place tubes on edges of cover (fold under if extra material)

  • Make sure there’s no spaces between tubes

  • Put cover pump on

Snap Cover

  • Line up clips almost perfectly before snapping in place

  • Put cover pump on

The system…

  • Varies from pool to pool. Follow manufacture procedures.

  • Turn off heater, pool and put multi-port valve on winterize (if the pool has one)

  • Remove all required plugs in filter, pump, heater, chlorinator, auxiliary pumps and any additional components

  • Remove all skimmer and pump baskets

  • Sand filters; remove sight glass, pressure gauge and backwash hose

  • Chlorinators; remove tablets and remove chlorinator if it’s off line (store for the winter)

  • Cartridge and DE filters; remove grids and cartridges and clean (store in dry place for the winter)

Winterize the lines…

  • Blowout returns, skimmers, main drains, fountains, slide lines and waterfalls

  • Seal lines with gizmos and plugs

  • Add anti-freeze to necessary lines

  • Check for air bubbles and air leaks, tighten if so

Finishing up…

  • Store away plugs, filter components, escutcheons, return fittings, pump and skimmer baskets in a dry location that you will remember come spring

  • Store away any removed equipment and remaining chemicals in dry storage area

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