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Thread: Very simple closing question

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    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Clarkston, MI

    Very simple closing question

    I just closed my pool for the first time. After all the lines are blown out, a bit of antifreeze added, and all capped off at the ends, should I leave the skimmer/return shutoff valves open or closed for winter? (Obviously I'll leave the main drain valve closed to hold the air in there).

    I read tons of Closing threads on here, but it seems like people don't clearly agree on this point.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Elkridge, MD

    Re: Very simple closing question

    I know with my pool, and my buddy's pool, we have no way to turn the return valves off. These feed directly from the filter to heater and then out. If you could shut this off, then you could accidentally shut it off when it was running and build up a ton of pressure as you pull water and and offer no route out. So to answer that question, I would say you should leave the return line open. Normally you also leave the filter plugs open/top open (or at least not retightened). My buddy also loosens up any pipe connections he has (like the pipe going into and out of the heater, he opens to drain and leaves it open.

    The drain valve should be closed, and we both close our skimmer valve as well. For mine, the skimmer and drain meet at a single valve, so it goes from drain off/skimmer open to blow that out, then skimmer off/drain open to blow the drain lines, then skimmer off/drain off together to keep both closed. My buddy has 2 individual lines with a single valve on both. When they're clear, he closes them off, plugs the skimmers, and leaves the valves closed. We unplug the skimmer plugs after the valves are closed to add in the antifreeze. I think because you have both ends closed and antifreeze in the line, it just makes sure the antifreeze doesn't make its way out somehow.

    I'd be interested to hear why anyone would reopen the valves after they're done. If you can close the return line, I suppose you could do that just as well to make sure nothing gets back into the return pipes, but again, I can't close my return valves completely.
    33,000 gallon gunite pool and Spa (in ground), SWG
    Sta-Rite System 3 Modular Media Filter (300 Sq. Foot cartridge filter)
    Jandy Lite2 Natural Gas Pool and Spa Heater

    Maryland, USA

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    Join Date
    May 2013
    Long Island NY

    Re: Very simple closing question

    I don't have an off either on mine. When my drain is on OFF, it's holding air with the airlock. That means my skimmer is open.

    Since my skimmer and returns are pluged now, I don't need to worry about the skimmer valve line. There's nothing I could do anyway.
    19,000 gal - Vinyl IG - Sand filter -1.5hp. - Taylor k 2006 - Loop Loc cover

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