Startup kits offer a great and efficient way to buy your
opening chemicals that you will need come spring. Startup
kits will usually contain some kind of algaecides along with
clarifiers, and either a chlorine based or non chlorine
based shock treatment. Depending on kits they also include
other common chemicals but these are the main players. All
in one pills and applications work well as well though they
are relatively newer in the market.
Closing kits will include algaecides, rust and scale
preventers of some form and either chlorine based or non
chlorine shock treatment. There are more steps involved in
closing your pool properly for the winter.
Test your water and add any necessary
vacuum the pool thoroughly and clean
Add Stain and scale control directly
in the water as appropriate.
While pool is still circulating,
Shock the pool water evenly.
Add the algaecide the following day.
Lower the water level if desired,
plug all lines and drain water from the equipment to
prevent freeze damage.
Add pool grade anti-freeze (usually
not included among most closing kits) to the lines to
Cover the pool with either a mesh or
solid cover securely.
Be sure to follow the manufacturers
recommendations for winter care for all equipment.
Note: Never add water to a chemical.
Always add chemicals to water.
WARNING: Pool chemicals are dangerous and should be kept
out of reach of children. Please be sure to read and refer
to the product labels and use appropriately as per
instructions to avoid adverse reactions.
Keep a first aid kit and manual, a life
ring and a pole on site at all times.