Tips for Winterizing an Above-Ground Pool

how to close your above-ground swimming pool for the winterThe weather changing to a harsh and bitter temperature causes the end to a lot of things. Eating ice cream, riding your bike, playing at the beach, wearing shorts, gardening, and playing volleyball will all have to wait until next year. Added to this list is splashing around in your above-ground swimming pool. Since the pool will not be used for several months, it is mandatory that it is either disassembled entirely and stored in a dry place, or winterized properly. If you choose to do the second, then here are some tips to help you in closing down your swimming pool for the winter months.

1. It is recommended that you plan ahead and close down your pool before the temperature drops below the freezing point. Not doing so can cause damage to your swimming pool.
2. The first thing that you should do, once you have decided on a day, is remove the summer pool cover, clean it thoroughly, and store it in a dry place. You may need to use a cover pump to remove all of the water from the cover. It should be completely dry.
3. After removing and storing the cover, you should then drain the water to just below the skimmer. You do not want to drain all of the water out of your pool, but make sure that it is below all of the areas where it could sneak into the pipes. If it does, they will likely freeze over and crack.
4.Once your water has been drained to the correct spot, remove the skimmer plates, disconnect everything and stop it all from running. You do not need to keep your pump on when the water is not being used.
5. You will then need to scrub the walls of your pool. This is to remove any buildup from the sides so that it does not get worse over the winter. Then you should use a pool net to get rid of any and all floating debris. After removing the floating debris, you should then vacuum the bottom of your pool, leaving it spotless. Anything that you do not remove from your pool during this process will stay in there all winter long and cause bacteria to grow.
6. Shock your pool with shocking chemicals, then check the pH level and Calcium amount to make sure everything is where it is supposed to be.
7. Purchase a winter pool cover to keep your pool clean and warm during the winter months. With a winter cover secured on the top of the pool, unwanted debris will be kept out and the water will be kept warm to avoid any cracks or damage. Buying a solarized pool cover is the best option because it will protect your pool from the harsh bitter cold most efficiently.

You may want to keep an eye on the pool during the winter to make sure that there is no damage being done, but you should be safe if you follow all of the winterizing steps. Stay warm!