Baquacil is a wonderful way to keep your pool clean if you have eyes that are easily irritated. It gets rid of germs just as well as Chlorine, only it is made for sensitive eyes. It is the same chemical used in many contact solutions. It has made things a lot easier for many people. If you use Baquacil instead of Chlorine, however, the steps for winterizing your above-ground swimming pool are quite different. Here are some tips to help you in the process.
During the winter, you will need to use a solarized winter pool cover in order to keep the pool warm. This cover should have been stored in a safe place all summer long, so to start your winterizing process, you can remove the pool cover from storage and make sure it is completely dry! Since you are replacing your summer pool cover with a winter pool cover, you will now need to store your summer pool cover in a safe and dry place.
Of course, when closing down your above-ground pool for the winter, you want to make sure everything is cleaned properly. In order to get all the debris out of the water of your pool you will want to first remove all floating leaves and grass with a net. Then use a vacuum to get rid of all dirt from the bottom of the pool. There should not be anything floating around the top or at the bottom of the pool when you are done vacuuming. If needed, you can even brush the sides of the pool to assure that you will not have any debris left over. To make certain that all dirt is gone from the top and the rails of your pool, scrub with Baquaclean.
After removing all debris from the swimming pool, you will need to take care of all the chemical chores, such as adding in algaecides and pool shock (Baquacil offers these products). You will also need to make sure the Baguacil level in your pool is level at 50 PPM.
You will then need to drain some water out of your swimming pool. After draining, the water level should be at 6 inches below the skimmer. While draining, though, you need to make sure that no water gets in the skimmer. If it does, it may freeze over during the winter and cause damage. Disconnect hoses, and place a screw-on cover over the inlet.
It is wise to place a pool pillow in the center of the pool to keep the winter pool cover from sinking in. After all these steps are taken carefully, you can place your pool cover securely on top of your swimming pool, making sure that it will not move throughout the season.
If you follow all of these steps to winterizing your pool, you will have far less trouble when it comes time to open your pool up in the summer! Enjoy your hard work and keep a close eye on the pool during the whole winter!