Winter is coming! Well, Fall is coming first, but it’s never too early to think about pool winterization . We’ve discussed pool winterization before, with a focus on in-ground pools. Today we’ll talk about winterizing the above-ground pool. A lot of people just choose to drain their above-ground pools for the winter, but that can be damaging to the pool walls and it can be hard to do for pols which have been installed into decks. Some above-ground pools are designed to be taken down and stored, but the high quality ones are still a semi-permanent fixture on your property, so we’ll be focusing on those styles of pools.
- Balance: Balance your pool chemicals as you would for any other weekly or biweekly balancing. Make sure all of your chlorine and pH levels are at optimal levels to keep your equipment working properly.
- Debris: Vacuum or scrub debris off of your pool walls and floor. Getting it as clean as possible will make it easier to open back up in the Spring or Summer.
- Shock: Once the pool is clean you may want to shock it to kill any remaining algae. Measure out the amount of shock chemicals as needed per the volume of your pool.
- Chemicals: Pools need specific chemicals for Winter. Once the pool is clean and shocked, add the specific chemicals to further prevent algae growth. Run all systems for at least one cycle (usually up to 6 hours) to ensure the winterizing chemicals get through the filter sufficiently and the chemicals are properly spread throughout the pool.
- In areas where ice is a problem, there are further steps to be taken to ensure no ice enters the system. Generally, the ice equalizer needs to be filled with up wo 2/3 air to ensure air doesn’t leave the system. Winter tabs are then added (per the directions on the individual product).
- Water Level: The water level must be lowered below the return line and the filter is to be disconnected and taken to a climate controlled area. Other equipment like skimmer and return fitting may require additional protection to prevent water damage in the off season.
- Cover: It is important to cover your now-winterized pool. Most covers feature cover clips, but other options may be available for your size and shape of pool. Proper cover will ensure your pool is as clean as possible throughout the winter.
If you have any questions or concerns about winterizing your pool, contact Pool Daddy and we can help you out. We also offer weekly services as well as emergency services for all of your above-ground and in-ground pools, as well as hot tubs and Jacuzzis!
Try these pool winterization tips!
Clean out the pool.
Balance the water chemistry.
Don’t let your chemicals damage your pool.
The #1 enemy: freezing
Be good to your pump and heater
No water in the pipes = no freeze damage
Clean the filter.
Your final freeze insurance: the flotation device
Last step: The winter cover.