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Thread: Fall is here, now what?

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    Jul 2014
    Hudson, wi

    Fall is here, now what?

    We have had our pool/house for 2 months and now fall is setting in. We went for what seems like our last swim this weekend and the water was down to a chilly 72, with no heater this year it looks like the end is here. My question is do I need to maintain my Fc level until I winterize it? Once winterized is it really ok to let the water freeze in the pool and main drain? So many questions with it being my first time winterizing, but more later. Thanks
    21,000 gallon IG with vinyl liner, Pentair sand filter, TF100 test kit, pool is about 15 years old.
    new in 2016 - Hayward SWCG with T15 cell

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    Jul 2014
    Peoria, IL

    Fall is here, now what?

    Yes you need to maintain all of your levels until you close your pool. If you have never winterized, which it looks like is the case, please refer to the sticky on winterizing an IG pool article that is posted. There are some critical steps that need to be taken to insure that there are not broken lines and skimmers etc from freezing temps in the frozen tundra.

    The pool will freeze. We have an IG SWG pool and especially if we have another winter like the last one, it will freeze. But you have to keep the freezing out of the pipes/drains/skimmers and light niches. Please call a pro or ask for help if you are not 100% certain of what to do.

    30x20 vinyl IG, Hayward SD60 with Pentair Dynamo 340219 2HP pump, Compupool CPSC24 SWG, Hayward H200FDN heater. APC automatic pool cover.
    Central Illinois

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    May 2013
    Northern Virginia

    Re: Fall is here, now what?

    Have a pool company do it this year and follow along and learn how to do it. You'll bring the pool up to SLAM level for chlorine. Lower water about 12-18", blow out all the lines, shut off main drain, then plug each return, plug skimmer, put 1-2 gallons of RV antifreeze in skimmer, put half full jug of antifreeze in there as an ice "cushion", and then pull the drain plugs on pump, filter, heater, and finally cover it all up.
    45'x12' 17k gal, IG plaster, Pool Pilot Nano+ SWG, 1/2hp Whisperflo pump, PAC-FAB TA-60D sand filter, Raypak 266 heater
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