Pool Winterization Instructions - Inground Pools

Step 1: Vacuum pool completely of all dirt and debris.

Step 2: Follow the Chemical instructions included in your Abington Pool Place Winter Kit. Be sure to purchase the correct winter kit for your style of pool cover and pool finish!

Loop-Loc Mesh Safety Covers - you will need to use one of our powerful Pooltec Closing Kits.

There are 3 styles of kits available.


Standard/Tarp Covers - Although the pooltec kits are much more powerful and work great with a solid/tarp cover, a standard closing kit will also work well when used properly with a solid/tarp cover.


Step 3: Run Filter for at least 1 hour after adding closing kit before shutting off system. 

Step 4: Drain pool to desire level for winter - Usually a few inches below the skimmers.

Step 5: Take filter apart and clean thoroughly. Remove drain plugs from filter and pump.

Step 6: Blow out lines and add a minimum of 1/2 gallon of antifreeze per 50 ft of pipe to all lines. Half a gallon is the minimum, use more for more protection. Cap off lines with expansion plugs and skimmers with Gizzmos.

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Step 7 (Loop-Loc): Use the hex anchor screw key to raise the deck anchors and install the Loop-Loc cover using the Loop-Loc spring tool. During fall and spring, if rainwater fills the pool so that water is above Loop-Loc cover, drain some water out. Keeping the cover above the water will stop leaves and other debris from breaking down into the pool.

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Step 7 (Standard Covers): Pull cover over pool and secure edges with water tubes. Only fill water tubes about 1/3 full to allow for ice expansion. Do not use bricks or other weights to secure cover, they will damage the pool finish and cover if pulled in. During fall and spring if there is anymore than 1" of water on top of cover, drain excess. Do not disturb the ice sheet that forms on top of the cover during winter as it can damage the pool cover and liner if it shifts. Frozen Snow does not need to be removed from the cover however it is suggested to drain ice melt on warmer winter days.