IMPORTANT: These instructions are designed for in ground pools built by Aegean Pools, Inc. and for use in our geographical area. Pools outside of our geographical area may require more extensive winterizing because of colder environments. Aegean Pools, Inc. has taken great efforts to make sure the instructions are accurate, however we offer no warranties with these instructions as we are unable to control mother nature or the actual winterizing of the pool.
MESH WINTER COVER PROGRAM
- This program can be used for pools using either a mesh cover or no cover at all.**
- If you want to keep the leaves from falling in the pool, you can put the safety cover on, but remember to keep the pump circulating and water chemistry balanced.
- Beginning of September you should circulate your pool at least 12 hours a day. Beginning September 15th you may reduce the time to you run the system by 1 hour each week. If you cover the pool around October 1,st you should be circulating the system at least 9 hours a day always during the day. For pools with salt generators (ClorMatic, Aqua Rite, Aqua Trol, Lectranatior, Auto Pilot, etc.), do not circulate the system less than 6 hours per day. Depending on your system, you may be able to run the unit at a lower setting, ask Aegean Pools for a recommendation. All other sanitizers do not run the system less than 2 hours per day. In the rare event that the temperatures should drop to or below freezing, make sure the system is circulating the entire time the temperatures are at or below freezing. Not running the system while temperatures are at or below freezing may result in freeze damage to your equipment!!!
- Winterize your pool around October 1st – December 17th. If you winterize the pool between October 1st and October 15,Th you will want to add a gallon of Winter Algaecide to the pool by November 7th. If you winterize the pool between October 16th and November 1,st you will want to add a gallon Winter Algaecide by November 21st. When adding the algaecide always mix in a 5 gallon bucket with water then pour through the cover walking around the edge of the pool and toss some out toward the center of the pool. Remember the colder the water is the more successful the winterizing will be. Temperatures below 60° are best for winterizing a mesh safety cover.
- Sometime between January 15th and February 15,Th (or between Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day), you want to add another gallon of Winter Algaecide to help maintain an algae free pool. When adding the algaecide always mix in a 5 gallon bucket with water then pour through the cover walking around the edge of the pool and toss some out toward the center of the pool.
- In order to avoid algae problems, you MUST open the pool between March 15th and March 31st, depending on the weather.
- Just like in the fall, if you want to keep the cover on, clean the pool, and have the water tested and analyzed at Aegean Pools to get it properly balanced. Run the pump 6 hours a day (2 hours for non salt pools), increasing the run time by one hour each week.
- Remember your cover does let water through. You will need a submersible pump for the first step. If you have an automatic pump it should turn itself off and on as needed, but don’t forget to check it every once in a while to make sure it is working. If you don’t have the automatic pump, you will need to make sure you drain water AFTER the rain has stopped.
** IMPORTANT: If you leave your pool un-covered and DO NOT winterize, you MUST have the pump circulating whenever the air temperature is 32 degrees or below. If the air temperature drops below 30 degrees, and you have a booster pump for an automatic pool cleaner, it must also be circulating. If you have an automatic freeze protection on your AquaPlus or AquaLogic system, it will not turn on your booster pump you must enable this function separately. Double check EACH time the temperature drops. IF ANY OF THE PUMPS STOP RUNNING FOR REASONS BEYOND YOUR CONTROL, YOU RUN THE RISK OF MAJOR EQUIPMENT DAMAGE. Aegean Pools recommends if you are going to leave the pool uncovered that you at least winterize the system.
Please keep in mind that this program is designed to help reduce the possibility you will get algae; there is no guarantee that you will not get algae. One of the major factors is the amount of rain that gets into the pool. The more rain in the pool the more Winter Algaecide you will have to add. This program does not instruct you on how to winterize your pool. You will need a separate set of instructions for winterizing procedures.