If you don’t have an inground pool in your backyard then an above ground pool is a great way to own a private pool. During the summer season, public pools are very crowded and owning a private pool means great relief. You can use it whenever and as many times as you want. These pools are very inexpensive but it doesn’t mean that you should not take care of them. Once the Summer is over and Winter arrives you should never leave the pool open. It should be properly covered otherwise the season will cause damage to the pool.
Winterize is a term used to describe preparation made on the house, automobile, or swimming pool for winter use. The cold temperature of the winter season will harm the pool in a lot of ways, the pool will collect all the particles of dust, leaves, twigs and other debris. It will also freeze the pipes and you have to pay more to get it fixed by an electrician. The season will last you around 3 months before you can finally open the pool again.
So in this article, we will talk about some of the basic steps you should follow to winterize your above ground swimming pool. In this way, you will save a lot of money, time and energy while reopening the pool again after the winter is over. But first let’s check out.
Reasons Why You Should Winterize Your Pool
Having a private swimming pool is a great relief for the summer season or a pool party. At the same time it is a totally different case when it comes to maintenance. It is not less than a nightmare. The winter season will not hesitate to freeze your widely open swimming pool. When you don’t know about the things you should do and the things you should avoid then it will cause you a lot of money fixing the damage occurred.
Here are some of the reasons why you should Winterize your Best Above Ground Swimming Pool.
Should You Drain All the Water?
One of the common questions we get around swimming pools is whether you should drain all the water and the simple answer for this is – No, you should not. Instead, the ideal thing to do is to drain the water of the pool below the filtration system which is the skimmer. It is because, when the filtration system is frozen it will cause you lof money to get it fixed.
However, most of the pools nowadays come with a removable filtration and pump. The advantage of this removable system is that it makes it easier to prepare for the winter. You just have to take the pump and skimmer out and you are good to go. Still, if you decide to drain all the water from the pool then I would recommend you use a tight pool cover so that it won’t create tension and doesn’t get damaged.
Keeping the Water Clean
We always recommend you to leave some water in the pool. It is a marginally better idea then draining all the water from the pool. So, when you are leaving some water in the pool you must add some chemicals in the water. You can use algaecide, chlorine shock, and stain avoidance. These chemicals will stop the algae from growing, in most cases, it destroys the growth of algae and restores the clarity of the water. It also helps to remove the stains. By adding some chemicals you can protect the pool throughout the winter.
Here are the Steps to Winterize Above Ground Pool
Text To safeguard your investment and prepare the above ground for the winter season, you must learn how to properly winterize it. So below are some of the steps you can follow:
Taking Off the Parts
The very first thing you wanna do is remove all the accessories items and also detach some parts which are allowed. Remove the skimmer basket, return fittings, solar blankets, ladders or steps, cleaners, and pool alarm. Dry out these accessories items and keep them indoors for the upcoming winter months. Also, remove the pump and the filter system and keep them safely inside the house.
Reducing the Water Level
As discussed before, lowering the water of the pool is a great idea instead of draining it all. If you don’t use a skimmer that fits the opening of the water then after removing the debris, lower the water level below its mouth to prevent it from freezing.
Cleaning the Pool
At the time of closing the pool be ready to clean the entire pool using a pool vacuum, brush and skimmer net. Clean it nicely before lowering the water, it is important because once we add the chemicals the debris will use up the chemicals and affect the water balance and might also create some stains.
Once it is cleaned, add the chemicals and then proceed to the final step which is covering the pool.
Covering the Pool
So, it is finally time to cover up the pool. We all know that winter winds are rough and crazy and strong enough to blow away the pool cover. We can prevent this issue by using a tight cover and clipping it from all sides. Make sure there are no holes in the cover. We can also use an air pillow which will help you to centralize the pool cover and keep the rain out of the pool. It will also act as an ice equalizer and we strongly recommend getting one.
So that it guys, these were some of the tips you should keep in mind while winterizing the above ground pool for the winter season. These small steps will not take a lot of time and effort but will save you a lot of bucks and prevent a lot of hassle in the next spring when it must be time to again start using the pool.
In case you have further questions regarding winterizing the above ground pool or in general, then don’t forget to let us know by dropping a comment below. We will try to check them out and help you in the best possible way. Until then goodbye! and enjoy the Winter. We will be back with another update very soon!!