If you have an in-ground pool and you have questions about closing off for the season – You’ve come to the right place! Outdoor Innovations is providing you a step by step guide on how to properly shut down for the winter season.

Winterizing your pool is important to protect your pool from any damages that could be caused in the cold winter temperatures. It also keeps your pool as clean as possible – making it ready to use for the next season!

Filter and Chemistry Check

First thing is first – check your filters! Your pool should be in clean condition. Don’t make your filters work harder than they need to. This can cause backups and damages that can be easily avoided.

Next thing on the list is to check for water chemistry. You’ll want to test to make sure everything is balanced – from the pH, total alkalinity, and calcium hardness. There are winterizing chemical kits you could add to your pool in order to prevent etching and staining on the pool edges.


Up next, you’ll want to lower the water below the skimmer(s). This prevents water from freezing and causing damage to the filter systems.

You can then use a Gizmo to seal the line.

Plumbing Lines

At this point you’ll need to blow out the water from your plumbing lines. Once the water is completely drained from each line, put a plug in the line at the pool end. Make sure that your plug has an “O” ring to make a seal. The water then won’t be able to fill back up.

Drain Everything

Now is the time to drain out everything from the chemical feeder and other filter equipment that runs your pool maintenance. 

Official Pool Closing

Once all your pool tools have been drained, removed, and stored – You are now able to cover it for the season. Prevent any unwanted debris from falling into your pool and keep the water clean.

Saying goodbye to your pool for the winter doesn’t have to be hard – especially if you have a hot tub ready for the season!

If you have any questions on a project or other maintenance, give Outdoor Innovations a call.

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