- Remove Plugs, Etc: Remove expansion or freeze plugs from the surface skimmers and wall returns, and restore directional fittings. Empty water from the water tubes (if your pool has them).
- Check the Filter and Pump: Make sure to inspect the filter and pump for possible damaged or worn parts and buy a replacement.
- Lighting Fixtures:To prevent lights from cracking in areas where it freezes, underwater light fixtures are often removed from their housings, with the wires still connected. Coil the wire into the niche and reattach the light fixture.
- Check for Cracks: Fiberglass or concrete pools should be examined for cracks in the pool and on tile. Also look for chips in the plaster and indentations on the deck and coping. Since this pool-opening job is DIY, you can apply your expertise to any minor repairs that need to be made. It's also a good time to remove calcium scale and stains from the tile with a household tile cleaner or baking soda and a tile brush. For tougher stains, try using a pumice stone.
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