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Thread: Using One Way Winter Pool Valves

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    Using One Way Winter Pool Valves

    Closing my Pool with One Way Winter Pool Valves

    I saw a product on the internet for closing your pool without draining the water below the returns. You just replace your eye balls with these one way valves, blow out the water, add pool antifreeze and your done with your return lines.

    My question is .. has anyone ever used these valves before? Is it safe?

    I saw it at this site. ... sories.htm

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    Jul 2014
    Monmouth County, New Jersey

    Re: Using One Way Winter Pool Valves

    I personally would not use them as they may leak. The rubber plugs expand to create a nice air tight seal. Additionally as you plug each return jet, the water is pushed along to the end. Last year, I used something similar (but closed) and they leaked air. The manufacturer told me that the plugs were not designed for IG Pools, but AG Pools.

    I personally like the black expandable plugs. With goggles, I can see if there is any air leaking before moving on to the next. I would be curious to see if I could vacuum the water out (plug return jets first and then vacuum water from pump). This may work as I vacuumed water out of the skimmers (after water was lowered about 2" below".

    In the end, if you are comfortable, then by all means use them. Thanks!
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