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We opened our pool after two years, we moved to our house two years back and last summer did not open the pool. This year we got a pool guy who opened the pool and I explained to him everything, he said he will work with us. So after opening he suggested to shock it, we shocked it almost a month everyday Algae in the pool cleared up to some extend but still could not see the bottom of the pool, so then the pool guy suggested to add Phoshfree but after we stopped shock and put phosfree the pool got worse, and after that I gave up since we already spent $600. Now we just want to close the pool, what chemicals can we add so we can just close it and deal with this next summer since we really can not afford to spend more. I checked estimate of draining the pool which costs $1200 so for now we can not do that. I am not sure we should drain it ourselves without experts, as its a vinyl pool, 14,000 gallons of water and Sand filter. So can we drain the pool and use some chemicals to clean the pool and refill water, I know everyone recommends that we should not completely drain vinyl pool but there does not seem to any other choice.
My winterize blow out Procedure for in-ground pool, deck jets, cleaner, and heater. All chemicals are installed as required. Please review this and let me know if I am doing it correctly. Any suggestions etc. would be appreciated and gratefully received. 1. Install ultra-gizmo into skimmer (system has only 1 skimmer with 2 return lines and 1 cleaner line.) 2. Drain sand filter - then reinstall both dome lid and drain plug. 3. Plug up return jet outlets and cleaner outlet, leaving the one farthest away open. 4. Keep the 5-way valve set in filter position. 5. Open ball valve on the cleaner line. 6. Set valve in suction and return line to FULL SKIM. This will allow air to blow out the skimmer and all reurn lines including the cleaner line. If desired you can also blow out main drain line BUT that is not necessary because the water will always follow the water level point in the pool. 7. Hook compressor to the top of gizmo in the skimmer and when ai8r comes out the farthest return jet, cap it off and open up another return jet and then the cleaner jet and cap off the same as previous mentioned when air bubbles happen. 8. Now Open up the heater drain plug and blow out completely. Close drain plug when no water comes out. 9. Open up the valve in the deck jet plumbing line. Open the far away deck jet and leave the nearest one open. Blow water out of this jet then cap it off and open up the nearest one and follow same procedure when no water is present. 10. Stop blowing and drain pump, re-drain filter, auto chlorinator, re-drain heater to make sure any water that that might there is gone. Do not re-install any plugs but store them in the pump basket so they will not get lost. 11. Loosen all union lines for draining just in case. 12. Set the 5-way filter valve on the sand filter to any in-between position. 13. Leave main and skimmer valve in 1/2 skim and 1/2 drain position. This will allow any water in the main line to seek the same level as the pool water. 14. Make sure the ball valves in all lines are in the open position. 14. Install the Loop-Loc cover is installed with the 1800 Pool Pump on the cover and it plugged into the GFI outlet which is located in the pavilion.