How To Winterize Your Above Ground Pool In 9 Easy Steps
Have a pool which you want to close temporarily? Is it time to winterize an above ground pool? Winterizing your swimming pool saves you a lot of hassle when summer arrives and it is time to swim again. It is important to winterize your swimming pool in order to protect it from harm due to freezing water.
I know a lot of people who don’t do it and end up with a pool that isn’t fit for swimming when winter is over. So, it is always preferred to be safe rather than sorry. There’s no need for you to feel hesitant about winterizing an above ground pool because it is very easy. In this article, you will be able to learn how to winterize an above ground pool in 9 easy steps!
What you need?
- A pool cover if you have a round or an oval pool
- Cover clips
- Water bags, if your pool also has a walk around deck.
- An air pillow which is a must for all above ground pools.
- Return plugs; either plastic or rubber.
- Winter chemical kit.
- Winter skimmer cover.
- Winter pill which helps in keeping the pool clear throughout winter. This is not really required for winterizing but it is highly recommended.
With all these things ready, let’s start with the process to winterize an above ground pool.
1. Checking the water chemistry:
You need to ensure that the total alkalinity, calcium hardness, and pH are all balanced in the pool’s water. This helps in protecting the surface of your pool from etching and staining. That is why before you decide to close your pool you need to test the water.
You can either go to a local pool store or you can buy test strips and perform the test on your own. The ideal pH of the water should range from 7.4 to 7.6 while the ideal alkalinity levels should range from 100ppm to 150ppm. When it comes to closing the pool, being on the higher spectrum of these ranges is much better.
2. Add winter chemicals:
There are a few chemical kits that don’t need you to filter the pool before you add them. Therefore, it is first important to read the directions written on the kit you have. If you have a kit that doesn’t need you to run the filter and the pump, then you can skip the next step and directly cover your pool.
3. Plug the pool:
From your return line, remove the eyeball fitting and plug it with the help of a wing nut. Meanwhile, on the skimmer, remove the basket and store it for the winters.
Here, you have the option of using winter skimmer covers which are basically plates that are meant to cover the skimmer. This saves you from draining the pool underneath the skimmer. If you don’t have a winter skimmer cover, you can use a solid cover. Also, make sure that you don’t plug the skimmer’s bottom.
4. Winterize the filter:
5. Winterize the pump:
6. Store the equipment:
Once you have disconnected the pump system and the filter, you need to store all of the equipment indoors. This includes the chlorinator, the heater, the pump, the filter, and any equipment that you possess.
If you have a sand filter, storing it inside can be a problem because the weight of the sand makes it difficult to move the piece indoors. If you opt for leaving the sand filter outside, then make sure that all of the drain plugs have been removed.
Doing this ensures that even if condensation or water builds up within the tank and freezes, the filter tank won’t crack. Meanwhile, the other filters like the cartridge and the D.E. filters are light enough to store easily indoors. It is also the right time to take out the pool ladder and other equipment that you might have inside the pool.
7. Addition of the air pillow:
Blow the air pillow and put it in the center of the pool. In order to ensure that the air pillow stays in the middle, you can make use of a thin rope and secure it to either side of the pool.
Alternatively, you can go for a pool pillow pal. Honestly, it doesn’t matter whether the pillow remains at the center or not throughout winter.
It is common for people who own an above ground pool to only use the air pillow in order to prevent the sides from bearing the excess pressure exerted on them when the water freezes and expands. The bottom line is that the air pillow is not needed which means that you can skip this step, but it is highly recommended.
8. Put on the cover:
Place the pool cover on top of the pool, including the air pillow. Secure the cover with the help of water bags, cable, winch, or with a combination of a cable and winter cover clips.
If your pool also has a walk around deck, then the most recommended equipment for doing this step is a combination of cable, winch and winter cover clips.
9. Take precautions:
We are taught in school that water expands when frozen and you need to keep that in mind. Due to this phenomenon the pool plumbing, the filter system, and the pool in general experiences great damage.
If you have decided to winterize an above ground pool then you need to make sure that you take the necessary precautions in order to protect your pool from experiencing damage due to frozen (expanded) water.
Remember, winterizing an above ground pool is beneficial in a number of ways; you get a clean pool for summers and your equipment stays safe. Was this tutorial helpful for you? If it was, then don’t forget to share it with your friends so that they also know the right way of winterizing their above ground pool!
Feel free to leave your thoughts, questions, and your feedback in the comment section below. Make sure that you read each and every step carefully before you decide to winterize your pool so that you don’t damage it or any related equipment.