Fun Facts About Wintering Your Aboveground Pool – Forbes Advisor

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This coldness in the air that you feel is real. Winter is on our way again. There are a few things to do before it gets here, however. Last but not least, the closing and wintering of your above-ground pool. We spoke to our expert about how to properly close your pool for the winter. These are things every pool owner dealing with harsh winters should know.

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Q: When is the best time to winterize an above ground pool?

A: If temperatures are consistently below 65 degrees Fahrenheit, it is a good time to close your pool. If you can wait until it’s below 60 degrees, that’s even better. Hibernating your pool when it’s too warm can cause problems next spring due to algae and bacterial growth.

Q: Why does an above ground pool need to be winterized?

A: Wintering your above-ground pool will save future maintenance, money and time. By draining water from pipes, filters and pumps, the risk of frost damage is eliminated. Any water remaining in the pool will help protect the liner and structure from damage from cold weather. A properly winterized pool will not harbor algae and bacteria that can be difficult to control for the next year.

Q: How do you winterize an above ground pool?

A: Wintering your above-ground pool requires at least a full working day. None of the various steps are difficult, but some can be time consuming. A deep cleaning of the pool is the first step. Shocking the pool, balancing water chemicals, and adding winterized chemicals must all be done according to the specific guidelines for your climate zone. It is highly recommended that you consult a local pool dealer or pool expert for detailed information.

Further steps are the draining of standing water in the pipes, filter and pump systems. It is normal for the water level to drop a few inches in most areas. I like to make sure my skimmer basket is removed for the winter to avoid freezing and breaking apart. Finally, in most situations, installing an ice compensation cushion and durable winter cover is recommended. Your solar pool cover in summer is not strong enough for winter use.

Q: Can you just drain the pool water?

A: It is not a good idea to drain an above-ground pool for the winter. Snow, ice, extreme cold, and stray debris are likely to cause significant damage to a pool exposed to the elements. It is also expensive and time consuming to refill and chemically balance a new pool full of water in the spring.

That said, emptying and stowing small, inflatable above-ground pools for the winter is perfectly normal.

Q: What other pool components need to be winterized?

A: Pipes, filters, pumps and pool heaters must also be winterized. Protecting them is just as important as protecting the pool itself. Draining stagnant water is important. For items that cannot be completely drained, your dealer has special antifreeze that can be added. Some pool heaters require indoor storage for winter.

Q: What should I do after my pool is winterized?

A: Keep an eye on your pool in winter. Cold weather can make even the best pool covers a little fragile. Remove any large, dropped parts from the cover to avoid damage. Prevent snow from building up on the cover. It doesn’t have to be snow-free. Just clean enough to prevent ice build-up.

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