During the summer season, people are overcrowding public swimming pools. In this case, owning a private swimming pool means you have used it often in summer. When the season ends, you should never leave it open.
Welcoming winter, it has to be covered, or winterized. Winterize is a term used to describe preparation made on the house, automobile, or swimming pool for winter use.
Winter season lasts for approximately three months before the spring season, where you can finally reopen the pool.
During winter, the cold temperature will harm the pool. For example, it is going to invite particles of dirt or remnants of leaves, twigs, and anything that will be swept by the intense winter wind.
The winter wind will cause significant damage to a left-stranded pool since it will freeze the pipes. Such incidence can cause you to pay more for electrical services.
That is why, by following these six easy steps to winterize the above-ground swimming pool, you will save more energy, time, and money reopening the pool later in spring.
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6 Easy-to-follow Steps to Winterize Above Ground Pool (With Pictures)
1. Taking Off Some Parts
Before draining, some parts need to be taken off of the pool.
First, screw off the step ladder by the pool. Leaving them out in winter wind will make them rusty. Second, take off the filtration system.
Then, take off the pipes. Before securing them in a safer place during winter, you need to wash them thoroughly.
After that, dry the tools entirely before storing them at a suitable temperature.
2. Adjust The Water pH., Total Alkalinity, & Calcium Hardness Levels
Each pool has a different level of those needed substance. Either you must increase or decrease the level, these are the required level of each substance,
- The Calcium hardness has to reach 180-220 level
- The pH level has to reach 7.2-7.4
- The Alkalinity has to reach 80-120 ppm level
You must measure the level precisely to be able to prevent algae growth. Besides, covering the pool neatly will help the substances work better and maintain the hygiene of the pool.
3. Clean Up The Pool
After dissolving the substances into the pool, before covering up the pool, you need to clean up the pool from some debris.
Big particles like dry or fallen leaves have to be removed from the surface because they carry organic particles. Moreover, the smallest tiny algae also need to be removed.
4. Reducing The Water Level
After cleaning up the debris, the water level has to be reduced up to under the line of the filtration system (skimmer).
Here, you need to make sure that later in winter, there will be no water splash froze in the skimmer’s mouth.
5. Cover The Pool Tightly
Winter wind can be crazy. It can be so extreme that the cover will be blown out. To prevent such problems, use cover clips to secure it to the sides tightly.
Then, inspect the cover in case it has holes. If you find holes on the cover, use patches to avoid rain or snowmelt.
To better the winterizing process, the use of an air pillow is highly recommended. It will help you to centralize the cover, keeping out the rain out of the pool.
Ice can be too thick as well in winter. The air pillow will act as an ice equalizer to prevent it from forming too sturdy.
6. Remove the Pump and Filter system
All is done, and the last thing that you need to do is taking out the pump and filter system.
Before storing them safely inside the house, take off the components and hose carefully and place them somewhere dry to dry them out perfectly overnight.
Later, after they have dried completely, put them back together and store them nicely for the season.