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Pool Winterization for Above-Ground Pools

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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.

Steps of Pool Winterization for Above-Ground Pool

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Pool WinterizationIn 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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.


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Above Ground Pool Tips and Maintenance

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Above Ground Pool Tips and Maintenance

Above Ground Pool Tips and Maintenance

A few weeks ago we talked about above ground pool versus in-ground pools, so today we’ll talk a little more specifically about caring for an above-ground unit.

  • Quality is important: Thicker liners, heavy-duty covers, and high quality equipment can keep your maintenance costs and efforts lower. Not using a decent cover or opting for thin liners can cause leaks, tears, and other problems. Not using a cover at all can increase how much cleaning your pool needs.
  • Pumps and Filtering: Some pumps needs to be run between 8 and 12 hours a day to keep the water clean and clear, others do best with running 24 hours a day—often two-speed motors which work well on low when you’re not adding chemicals or cleaning.
  • Above Ground Pool Tips and MaintenanceRegular maintenance
    • Once or twice a week it is wise to skim debris from your pool and check the skimmer baskets—the sooner you remove it the better. It’s also wise to check the water and chemical levels, pH, alkalinity, filter pressure, filter efficiency, and, if applicable, the sand in the filter.
    • It’s also wise to shock the pool once per week and check sanitizer levels if you are using chlorine. Shocking is often done with concentrated chlorine and it will oxidize contaminants like sunscreen, sweat, bodily fluids, hair products, and more. It can also kill stubborn algae deposits.
    • Chlorine tablets are the usual preferred chlorine delivery system for above ground pools.
    • Every other week you should check copper levels if you’re using Pure ‘n Blue.
    • Monthly: To prevent algae, check the phosphate levels and add a phosphate remover if needed.
  • Above Ground Pool Tips and MaintenanceVacuuming: Usually you can tell when your pool needs to be vacuumed. This can be done when you do other cleaning or just keep an eye on the floor of the pool and vacuum when it gets slick or you see sediment.
  • Liner tips: Thick liners are your best bet but even the best and thickest liners can leak or crack, so check them regularly.
    • If water levels are dropping quickly, a small leak or crack may be the culprit. It could also be normal evaporation.
    • Use a cover during winter to protect the liner. Keeping it covered when not in use will prolong the elasticity of the liner.
    • A pool with a pH level that is too high or too low can cause problems with the liner; same with heightened chlorine levels. Chemical levels are just as important for the liner as it is for the water and swimmers.
    • Avoid using weed-eaters or edges close to the pool walls as heavy duty ones can puncture the liner.
    • Check the liner and pool systems a few times a year for rust and treat accordingly.

For some more specific steps and explanations of methods, chemical levels, and other steps to clean your pool, check out this page and stay tuned to the Pool Daddy blog for tips and tricks and information about pools, hot tubs, Jacuzzis, and more. We can perform weekly pool maintenance at reasonable prices- even for above-ground systems!

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