How to winterize my pool equipment

Winterize your pool equipment

To winterize your equipment, the objective is simple. Remove all water from your equipment. Follow our quick video or read our simple step-by-step guide below to see how we winterize above ground pool equipment

Watch our two minute video on how to winterize your pool equipment

Here’s an easy step-by-step on how to winterize your pool equipment

Time needed: 5 minutes.

Here is a step by step of how to winterize your above-ground pool equipment. This should only be done when the pool equipment is higher in elevation than the pool.

  1. Turn off your equipment.

    In order to winterize your pool equipment, the system needs to be off. There’s usually a breaker or switch of some type. So, If you’re not totally sure, ask a professional to show you how to do this

  2. Take off the lids to any pumps that have lids

    Take off the lids to any pumps that have lids. This is pretty straight forward, but not every lid is the same. You can look up the pump type and find instructions online usuallyTaking off the pump lid to winterize pool equipment

  3. Unscrew the two wing nut plugs from the pump.

    Unscrew the two wing nut plugs from the pump. Unscrewing these plugs drains the front of the pump where the basket is and the back of the pump where the impeller is. Sometimes the plugs are in the very front and possibly on the opposite side, but there will always be two plugs.Taking out pool pump plug to drain the pump for winterizing

  4. Open the filter air relief valve

    Open the filter air relief valve. There is a simple valve on the top of your filter you can open to let the air out and release the vacuum inside the filter.Opening a filter air relief valve for pool winterization

  5. Unplug the plug on the back of the filter

    Unplug the plug on the back of the filter. You can usually do this with just a regular screwdriverTaking out plug from back of a pool filter for winterizing equipment

  6. Take the lid off of your chlorinator if you have one

    Take the lid off of your chlorinator if you have one. This allows your chlorinator bucket to drain. Flip the lid upside down and it can rest on the top of the chlorinatorTaking the lid off of a pool chlorinator for pool winterizing

  7. Drain your booster pump

    Drain your booster pump. There is usually a hex or a wing nut in the front of the booster pump that needs to be unplugged to drain the pump.Removing the plug from a pool booster pump for winterization

  8. Keep track of your plugs

    Keep track of your plugs. Remember where your plugs were taken from and keep them in a safe place so when it’s time to run your pool again, you won’t have any issues putting everything back together

A Disclaimer on winterizing:

This video and instructions only demonstrates how to winterize basic above-ground pool equipment.

So, If you live in an area where underground pipes freeze, you may need to call a professional for a more in-depth winterizing process of your underground pipes and other parts of your pool.

True Blue Leak Detection LLC is not responsible for any damage to your property from the information in this video.

Also, only do this if your pool equipment is higher elevation than the pool itself.

If you need more in depth help, try our friends over at Woods Pool Service.

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