Winterizing the Pool
How To Prevent Winter Damage
Pools that are above ground have to be winterized every year. It is very important that you winterize the pool to allow a fast and uncomplicated pool opening in the spring. You do not want the above ground pool to become dirty or to be damaged by freezing water. If you take a few simple steps to winterize the pool, you will not only protect your pool from harm, but will also ensure an easier time later on. Here are the steps required to winterize your above-ground pool.
Step 1: Balance the Water and Pack Accessories
Balance your pool water and pack things away. Make sure the water in your above ground pool is chemically balanced. You should also remove all pool accessories, such as ladders, pool toys, slides, hand skimmer, rails, brushes and any other things. Store these items in a cool dry place.
Step 2: Vaccuum and Add Winterize Chemicals
Vacuum one last time and add winterize chemicals. Be sure to clean the inside walls of the pool with a brush and vacuum it thoroughly. Once the pool is clean, add special formulated winterizing chemicals to protect the water through the winter.
Step 3: Adjust the Water Level
Adjust water level of your above ground pool. Lower the water level to just below the skimmer. You do not want to have any water enter the skimmer during the winter. You may use a “skimmer guard” in the skimmer instead of lowering the water level. This specially made device goes inside the skimmer and will prevent the frozen water from damaging it. You could also use a specifically designed dam-like object that fits over the end of the skimmer, stopping any water from entering it.
Step 4: Ready the Pump and Take Apart the Filters
Ready the pump and motor and take apart the filters. Disconnect the pump and motor from the bottom of the pool filter and drain all water from it. You should dismantle the pool filters; completely drain all hoses of any water, remove filters and totally clean all of these areas. This is usually a great time to throw out old filters and start with new ones in the spring. If possible, bring these items indoors.
Step 5: Cover the Pool
Pack it up for the winter. Insert air pillows (or other floating devices) and place the cover on the pool. Secure the cover with the pillow centered in the pool.