Winterize your pool

Do it right in the fall, open your pool well in the spring!

Winterize your swimming pool the right way this fall to virtually guarantee a GREAT and easy pool opening next spring!


Below you'll easy to follow instruction along with the proper chemical additions featuring BioGuard Arctic Blue chemicals. 


A little extra effort in the fall can save a TON of time and money in the Spring.

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Pool Closing checklist

Here's what you do, step by step...

Pool Winterizing Checklist - Use this checklist to make sure that you've done what's needed to winterize your pool the correct way so you can open up to a clean pool next spring.


Be sure to check with your local builder if there are certain pool system items that require special attention.

ALL POOLS (vinyl liner only):
[  ] Remove ladders & any deck equipment
[  ] Vacuum pool & remove all debris
[  ] Add Chemicals to pool according to instructions

[  ] Clean & protect the waterline with Off the Wall Cleaner
[  ] Drain Filter tank of ALL WATER. Leave winter drain plug off![  ] Put all eyeballs, drain caps, gauges, etc. in pump basket for safekeeping
[  ] Clean DE grids or Cartridge with BioGuard Strip Kwik, Kleen It or SoftSwim Filter Cleaner
[  ] Bring pump/motor indoors for winter
[  ] Winterize heater (if equipped) according to manufacturer's instructions. Failure to do so will cause winter damage and freezing
[  ] Remove return eyeball(s) and install plug(s) or cap(s)
[  ] Winterize skimmer(s). See below for pool type
[  ] Put on Winter Cover
All Solid covers should FLOAT on the top of the water
DO NOT drain pool lower than bottom of skimmer (mesh covered pools only)
If a pillow is used, inflate only to about 2/3 full. Over inflation will cause air leakage.
[  ] Properly store maintenance equipment

INGROUND POOLS (vinyl liner only):
[  ] Thoroughly blow out underground lines
[  ] Install Gizzmo(s) in skimmer(s) or Aquador(s)
[  ] Add pipeline antifreeze at the rate of 1 gal. per 20 ft of line run
[  ] Store diving board (if equipped) in a flat position
[  ] Safety covers should be retightened at time of installation
[  ] Add additional dosage of Back Up Algicide in the spring if safety cover is used

ABOVEGROUND POOLS:
[  ] Winterize skimmer with AQUADOR
[  ] Tighten cable securely around cover
[  ] Use Cover Clips to further secure cover. DO NOT HANG BOTTLES. Bottles hung from the cover will tear the cover!

DURING THE OFF-SEASON:
[  ] Remove leaves and heavy debris that accumulate on cover
[  ] Remove excess water from top of cover (A submersible cover pump works best).


IMPORTANT WINTERIZING TIP:
ALL Chemical Winter Kits are made to properly WORK for a maximum of about 4 months. If the pool is going to be closed for a longer period of time (example closing before October 1 and opening after May 1), it is absolutely necessary to add additional shock and algaecide to the winterizing process. This will help to prevent not only algae growth but chlorine demand problems at pool opening.

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Winter chemicals for chlorine pools

Chlorine, Bromine, Salt, Pristine Blue, close or winterize

Chlorine & Bromine Pool Winterizing


Whether you use chlorine, bromine, salt, use an ozonator or ionizer, use Pristine Blue, basically any "halogen" or non-biguanide system, here's what you need to close or winterize your pool well for a great start next spring


Pools up to 12,000 gals.
1 -  BioGuard® Arctic Blue 12 Winter Kit
top up Optimizer Plus level, about 5 to 9 lbs

Pools up to 24,000 gals.
1 - BioGuard® Arctic Blue 24 Winter Kit
top up Optimizer Plus level, about 9 to 15 lbs

Pools Larger than 24,000 gals.
Stop by for the proper amounts of BioGuard® Arctic Blue
Winter Products
Top up Optimizer Plus® level, about 15 to 20 lbs

ALL POOLS:
Adjust pH as needed
Clean Liner with BioGuard® Off the Wall Surface Cleaner
Clean Filter with Kleen It or Strip Kwik Filter Cleaner
Clean ladder treads and Solar Blanket with BioGuard® Stow Away
Allow winter chemicals to circulate for 1 hour (ideally)
Leave Water level at normal swimming level

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Winter chemicals for Biguanide pools

Biguanides: BioGuard Soft Swim, Baquacil, etc...

Soft Swim® Winterizing Dosages


If you are treating your swimming pool with any of the BIGUANIDE products such as BioGuard Soft Swim, Baquacil or similar products, follow these instructions...


UP TO 10,000 GALLONS
1 bottle Soft Swim® "C" PLUS Top Soft Swim® "B" level to 50 ppm
1/2 quart Soft Swim® "A" Algaecide Plus Top off Optimizer Plus® (about 5 lb)

10,000 TO 20,000 GALLONS
2 bottles Soft Swim® "C" PLUS Top SoftSwim® "B" level to 50 ppm
1 quart Soft Swim® "A" Algaecide Plus Top off Optimizer Plus® (about 10 lb)

20,000 TO 30,000 GALLONS
3 bottles Soft Swim® "C" PLUS Top Soft Swim® "B" level to 50 ppm
1.5 quarts Soft Swim® "A" Algaecide Plus Top off Optimizer Plus® (about 15 lb)

OVER 30,000 GALLONS
4 bottles Soft Swim® "C" PLUS Top Soft Swim® "B" level to 50 ppm
2 quarts Soft Swim® "A" Algaecide Plus Top off Optimizer Plus® (about 20 lb)

ALL POOLS:
Adjust pH as needed
Clean Liner with BioGuard® Off the Wall or Surface Cleaner
Clean Filter with Soft Swim® Filter Cleaner
Clean ladder treads and Solar Blanket with BioGuard® Stow Away
Allow winter chemicals to circulate for 1 hour (ideally)
Leave Water level at normal swimming level

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