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How do i winterize my pool pump?

Have inground pool. Have taken water level down and opened up main drain at the pump to reduce the water in the lines. Have I done all I need to do to make sure the pump has been properly winterized?

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That should do it, just check for a 2nd drain plug on the pump housing. Depending on make and model the pump will have 1 or 2 drain plugs. Make sure both are out, if applicable. And don't forget to drain your filter and heater and any other components.

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SOURCE: i need to drain my inground pool with a heyward

You can try this but you run the chance of loosing the prime and burning up the pump. if the water is below the skimmer your already further than you should be.
What you need to do is get a submercibal pump. You can usually rent one at one of the big home centers, (Home Depot, Lowes...) or a rental yard. This will cost twenty or thirty dollars and that is a lot cheaper than a new pump. Also if your planing on cleaning the pool it will pick it's own prime so you can wash and rinse the pool.

Posted on Mar 21, 2010

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How do I close my pool for the season?

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By following the provided instructions, you will be able to professionally close your pool for the winter season. Additionally, you will protect it from winters abuse and make opening it next season...simple.

Required Tools
a) Standard Screw Driver
b) Phillips Screw Driver
c) Ratchet Set
e) Plumber Pliers
f) Sump Pump
g) Extension Cord
h) Garden Hose
i) Five Gallon Bucket
j) Air Pump or Shop Vac
k) Pool Vac & Accessories

Required Chemicals
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c) Chlorinating Tablets

Required Accessories
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b) Pool Pillows or Inner-tubes
c) Chlorine Float Dispenser
d) Water Bags (for ingrounds only)

Step One - Debris & Chemicals
Remove any debris from pool water by use of a leaf rake attachment.
Add the appropriate amount of shock treatment to the pool water, as prescribed on the packaging.
Add the appropriate amount of algecide to the pool water, as prescribed on the packaging.
Run your filter for the appropriate time to circulate all water once.
(see your filter documentation for your size pool)
Install your floating Dispenser and winterizing tablets.

Step Two - Vacuum & Water Level
Vacuum your pool while setting your filter to the "back wash" or "waste" setting.
(this will help lower your water level)
After vacuuming, install the sump pump and drain pool to about 6 inches below your thru-the-wall skimmer.

Step Three - Parts Dissassembly & Cleaning
Disconnect all ladders, filter systems, hoses, solar reels and/or other accessories.
Using standard household cleansers, thoroughly clean all ladders, solar reels and/or other accessories.
Dissassemble filtration system.
Remove sand, cartridge or DE powder from your filtration tank.
Thoroughly clean all filter system parts.
Allow all items to dry.
Store all items in an area that will not be subject to freezing temperatures.

Step Four - Pillow & Cover Installation
Inflate all pool pillows or inner-tubes.
Install one pillow for every 15' of linear water surface.
(example: a 15' x 30' would require at least two pillows)
Tie pillows to pool area via nylon rope and place equally with respects to pool walls and each other.
(this is extremely important! This prevents freeze damage)
Install winter cover as prescribed by the covers manufacturer.

Step Five - Winter Tips
During the winter months, remove any excess snow from the winter cover.
(If you have a solid cover, this will prevent excessive weight form tearing you cover)
(If you have a mesh cover, this will prevent excessive water build up)

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First year with my new Hayward H 250fd heater. Closing pool this weekend and live in Michigan so you understand our winters. What do I have to do other than opening the drain plug if anything.


Other than the drain you'll need to remove the pressure switch from its feeder tube and leave it hanging by its wires for the winter. Be sure the heater is level or tilted towards the header to allow all the water to drain out. More than a few people have lost a heat exchanger to freeze damage after draining it because the heater wasn't level and water remained in the low end of the tubes.

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You can try this but you run the chance of loosing the prime and burning up the pump. if the water is below the skimmer your already further than you should be.
What you need to do is get a submercibal pump. You can usually rent one at one of the big home centers, (Home Depot, Lowes...) or a rental yard. This will cost twenty or thirty dollars and that is a lot cheaper than a new pump. Also if your planing on cleaning the pool it will pick it's own prime so you can wash and rinse the pool.

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pull the three (or so) drain plugs in your heater ... use a shop vac (without the filter in it) to blow and then **** out any remaining water.

hopefully, your pressure and suction pipes lead away and down from the boiler. Make sure you **** out those pipes as well.

You know how to drain your filter(s) and pumps ... right?

I hope this helps you

a

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