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Thread: Pool antifreeze - get rid of during pool opening?

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    Boston, MA

    Pool antifreeze - get rid of during pool opening?


    Per instructions I learned from this board (awesome) I put pool anti-freeze into the skimmers and pipes. I know it's supposed to be safe and all, but I'm OCD. Is there anyway I can get rid of most, if not all, of the anti-freeze during startup? Is it safe to run the pump/filter on Backwash during the first start-up of the year?

    Inground pool; about 20,000 gallons (18' x 36'); pool liner (vinyl?) a few years old; Hayward pump SPX2607X10

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    Richard320's Avatar
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    San Dimas, CA (LA County)

    Re: Pool antifreeze - get rid of during pool opening?

    Would a wet/dry shop vac suck it through? Or blow it from the skimmer out the open pump strainer?
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    JasonLion's Avatar
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    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: Pool antifreeze - get rid of during pool opening?

    Starting up on backwash is alright, though there is no need for it.
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