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    1st year winterizing inground pool in my new home

    Hi all,
    I'm new to this great forum Im in need of a little help to make sure I'm winterizing my inground pool my main question is I have a main drain but no valve it appears to me it tied in with the skimmer I have the previous homeowners equipment and the skimmer plug is a double rubber plug could I be right on this assumption I'll start with this question as I have couple more but don't wanna be long and drawn out

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: 1st year winterizing inground pool in my new home

    Welcome to the forum!

    I can't help with your in ground question because I have an above ground pool. Just wanted to give you a welcome and a bump, and someone who can help should be by shortly.
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    Re: 1st year winterizing inground pool in my new home

    If you have no valve for the main drain, you will want to get some 1" foam rope. You will use about 4' and push it down the hole in the skimmer that goes to the main drain. Then you simply plug it. The foam rope gives the ice, if any forms, a chance to grow inwards rather then outwards and break the pipe. You then blow out all returns and skimmer from the equipment pad. Adding antifreeze is an added insurance for any water that you didn't get out. Then you plug the lines, add a gizmo to the skimmer, grab a coffee and sit inside and sulk til the spring comes.

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    Re: 1st year winterizing inground pool in my new home

    Can you winterize a pool without blowing out your lines. I live in Oklahoma.
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    Re: 1st year winterizing inground pool in my new home

    Yes, if there is no freeze up. I am not familiar with your winter weather.

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    Re: 1st year winterizing inground pool in my new home

    Quote Originally Posted by lrkey View Post
    Can you winterize a pool without blowing out your lines. I live in Oklahoma.
    I'm originally from OKC. I'd blow them out.
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