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    Chicagoland Area Pool Closer

    I am looking for an affordable chicagoland area pool company to open/close my pool. The company that installed my liner was asking $800! I paid a company like $250 to close a couple of years ago and they were not very professional so want to see if anyone had any recommendations. Thanks!
    I have a 35,000 gallon, sand filter, sunken above ground (so inground), vinyl liner, with an Aqua rite turbo cell SWG

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    Re: Chicagoland Area Pool Closer

    How about learning to do it yourself?

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    Scroll down, and you will see a section that has that info in it. If you need help, ask!
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    Re: Chicagoland Area Pool Closer

    When we moved into our house almost 2 years ago, the inground pool had not been closed for the winter yet, and we knew nothing about pools, so we paid the company that the previous owners used. $400 and the guys were idiots. My husband watched and swore he would not ever pay to have that done again. It is not as hard as you think. Maybe go to Youtube. I am sure there are videos on how to close your pool. Bascially you need something to blow the lines outs.
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    Re: Chicagoland Area Pool Closer

    I think I understand the process for closing the pool. One thing I dont understand is what to do with the main drain at the bottom of the pool. How do you make sure there is no water in the pipe underneath? How do you protect it? I dont think pool school covers that.
    I have a 35,000 gallon, sand filter, sunken above ground (so inground), vinyl liner, with an Aqua rite turbo cell SWG

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    Re: Chicagoland Area Pool Closer

    Just make sure you blow the water out and then close the valve on the main drain.
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    Re: Chicagoland Area Pool Closer

    I guess that is where I am hung up, I dont know where this valve is or what this valve would look like.
    I have a 35,000 gallon, sand filter, sunken above ground (so inground), vinyl liner, with an Aqua rite turbo cell SWG

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    Re: Chicagoland Area Pool Closer

    Should be plenty of videos on youtube, does the "visual glossary" in Pool School show a main drain valve?

    If you post pictures I'm sure someone will be more than happy to help you out.
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    Re: Chicagoland Area Pool Closer

    I am planning on taking some pictures and putting up so that you all may be able to help me with the main drain. I do have a quick question regarding what happens with the main drain at bottom of pool.

    Does this underground pipe get filled with antifreeze as well?
    If all you do is blow it out the water, wouldn't the water just eventually creep back in to the main pipe? I have one main drain, but I dont think I have a valve that you just adjust which closes off the pipe where the pipe meets the actual drain at bottom of pool. Your help is greatly appreciated!
    I have a 35,000 gallon, sand filter, sunken above ground (so inground), vinyl liner, with an Aqua rite turbo cell SWG

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    Re: Chicagoland Area Pool Closer

    When I close my pool I blow out the main drain thru the pump, after the air bubbles show up then I close the valve (while blower is blowing still) which is in my pump house next to the skimmer line valve.. I don't think there is a Valve near the actual drain, but now you've got me wondering how that works lol..
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    Re: Chicagoland Area Pool Closer

    You might check with frustratedpoolmom she has been a long time member here, and does pool service work in the Chicago area.

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    Re: Chicagoland Area Pool Closer

    Thanks Ike, I actually did reach out to her but she was not available. I'm not sure if she's just that busy or had other things going on. Any other recommendations would be helpful!
    I have a 35,000 gallon, sand filter, sunken above ground (so inground), vinyl liner, with an Aqua rite turbo cell SWG

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    Re: Chicagoland Area Pool Closer

    So I hired a pool closing company and when they were here I asked them what they did for the main drain. They said nothing, they just leave it. He said hes been doing it for 30 years and never had an issue. Is my pool at risk for anything?
    I have a 35,000 gallon, sand filter, sunken above ground (so inground), vinyl liner, with an Aqua rite turbo cell SWG

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    Re: Chicagoland Area Pool Closer

    Previous pool owner did nothing. Just sealed up the main drain and left it. No problems. I personally pour a bottle of antifreeze in there after lowering the water level. The weight of the antifreeze pushes the water out.

    Remember that water will only freeze for the first few feet from the ground surface. It's called the "frost line". I guess some people like to get all the air out.
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