How Do You Winterize Gunite Pools?
Preparing a gunite pool for winter requires careful planning and an entire day’s work. Gunite pools are constructed from a unique concrete compound. Because they’re built from concrete, they can be troublesome for homeowners living in colder regions. Gunite pools in these climates must be constructed with special supports to protect them from cracking. In addition, special consideration must be given when preparing this type of pool for winter. Thoroughly vacuum and skim your pool before starting the winterizing process. Backwash your pool filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Blow any excess water out of the multi-port valve using a shop vac or air compressor. Unhook the pool pump and filter, and drain any remaining water. Drain the heater by blowing water out with a shop vac or air compressor. Take off all return jet fittings and the skimmer basket, and blow the water out of the jet return and skimmer pipes. You’ll know the pipes are empty when air bubbles start to app