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    Closing IG Pool. Critique my plan.

    I am new so please bare with...

    On the 30th, I am having the pool company coming to help me close, but I want to make sure "we" do everything right. I am going to drop water level to 4" below returns and make sure water chemistry is good. Then i will blow out lines. Not sure if they will have me use antifreeze or not?

    Can someone look at my system and give advice on how to close this properly? Also do i need to backwash the filter before closing? How do i know that there is NO water left in filter? Thanks.

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    Re: Closing IG Pool. Critique my plan.

    Just make sure you balance the water BEFORE you lower the water level. As for the equipment, I'll let someone with actual know-how answer that...
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    Re: Closing IG Pool. Critique my plan.

    Anyone?
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    Re: Closing IG Pool. Critique my plan.

    Quote Originally Posted by Thinkly
    Anyone?
    Well, I like to think I'm not just anyone... but, will I do?

    A couple things to consider - cover type, will water pass through it to refill the pool over the winter? and ground water/ yard drainage - you certainly don't want to float the pool out of the ground by lowering too much water. Please get back to me on these at your earliest convenience

    To be quite honest, I can't figure out why all the pipes to and from the pool have 'tees' (I assume it's some idiotic way to winterize ). Anywho, break apart all the unions and take as much of the equipment inside for the winter, with ALL water drained!. The pump looks to be hard wired so, unless you're comfortable with dewiring and rewiring the pump, cover it and leave it out but pull the 2 winterizing plugs on the pump housing! Open the filter, pull the grids out and use a hose to clean the grids (info on this is available). The drain plug for the filter is on the bottom of the tank directly below the multiport bulkheads. Cover any open pipes at the pad with plastic and duct tape or use a rubber plug to prevent moisture and critters from entering the lines.


    I hope I've been ~ fairly clear, if not - all you need do is ask for clarification

    Good luck with the project!
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    Re: Closing IG Pool. Critique my plan.

    Thanks for the great reply. I too am curios if they are going to use the t-valves to winterize. I will find out next week. One application for them that i can tell you is that i can balance the suction between main drains and skimmer.

    When i vacuum via skimmer, i reduce MD suction to increase skimmer suction for example. I also have one of those t-valves on the water slide which controls water flow on the slide.
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    Re: Closing IG Pool. Critique my plan.

    Ah... a slight misunderstanding

    You are talking about the valves on the lines, with the red handles - those are a very good part of the plumbing!

    I was talking about the fact that they used 'tees' instead of '90s' to get the water in and out of the filter system (the pipes coming up out of the concrete pad into the pump make a 'goalpost' and look to have plugs screwed into them) I just don't understand why they used those fittings instead of 90s (yes, there's also one on the, 1 , return line)

    In the long run, it simply doesn't matter , what does matter is that you have a usable pool that can be properly winterized

    Please let us know about what they do when the pool gets closed
    Luv& Luk
    -Ted

    Having done construction and service for 4 pool companies in 4 states starting in 1988, what I know about pools could fill a couple of books - what I don't know could fill a couple of libraries :-D

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    Re: Closing IG Pool. Critique my plan.

    I am following you now. I guess i didn't notice that till now. I bet you are right. I can invision them hooking something up to each of those to blow and then perhaps even to cap each of those lines. After all i have three big plugs left here so...
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