What To Do With Your Above Ground Pool in the Fall and Winter Months
Properly preparing your above-ground pool for the fall and winter months is essential to maintain its longevity and make spring opening easier. Here’s a step-by-step guide on what to do with your above-ground pool in the fall:
Clean and Balance the Water:
Test and adjust the water chemistry to ensure it’s properly balanced.
Remove any debris or leaves from the pool water to prevent staining or algae growth.
Reduce Water Level:
Lower the water level to just below the skimmer and return inlets to prevent damage from freezing.
Clean the Pool Thoroughly:
Brush and vacuum the pool to remove any remaining debris.
Clean the pool’s walls, floor, and skimmer basket.
Take out all accessories, such as ladders, pool toys, and any other non-permanent fixtures.
Winterize the Equipment:
Disconnect and clean the filter, pump, and heater (if applicable).
Store these components indoors, in a climate-controlled area, if possible.
Drain water from the filter, pump, and plumbing lines to prevent freezing damage.
Add Winter Chemicals:
Add a winterizing chemical kit to the pool, which typically includes an algaecide and winterizing chlorine.
This helps prevent algae growth and staining during the off-season.
Cover the Pool:
Invest in a high-quality, properly fitting pool cover to protect your pool from debris and sunlight.
Make sure the cover is securely fastened and use water bags or other securing methods as needed.
Periodically check the cover for damage or sagging and pump off excess water to avoid damage.
Maintain Proper Water Level:
Keep the water level below the skimmer at all times to prevent freezing and damage.
Prepare for Winter Storms:
If you live in an area prone to heavy snowfall or winter storms, consider additional precautions like adding an air pillow beneath the cover to prevent damage from ice expansion.
Keep an eye on weather forecasts, especially during extreme cold snaps, to ensure your pool is adequately protected.
Plan for Spring:
As spring approaches, begin planning for the pool’s reopening. This may include cleaning, refilling, and balancing the water.
By following these steps, you can ensure that your above-ground pool remains in good condition during the fall and winter months, making it easier to enjoy again when the warmer weather returns.