As the weather starts to turn a bit chilly many exciting things begin to take place. People break out the big cozy sweaters, pumpkin treats become all the rage, and everyone retreats indoors. Which unfortunately means it is time to close up your above ground pool. Closing your above ground pool may not be at an exact time and will largely depend on your location. Although there is one thing all above ground pool owners share, it can be quite the process.
Closing your above ground pool includes more than simply throwing a tarp over the water. There are specific supplies that can help maintain the integrity of your pool no matter how cold it gets during those winter months. There are even some kits you can purchase that will include a cover and chemicals to maintain the pool.
Clean Your Pool
Give your pool water one last clean before it is put away for the winter. Make sure all leaves, debris, and dirt are cleaned out. Brush the floor and walls, while also checking for any leaks that may have occurred over the summer. Run the filter overnight to make sure the water is given that extra clean. Then confirm the chemicals are balanced. For some, this may include pH, alkalinity, Metal Free, algaecide, and non-chlorine pool shock. If you are unsure about what combination is best, consult your local pool dealer or manual guide.
Prepare Equipment For The Winter
Make sure your pump and filter are ready to take on the cold for the winter months. This will include draining it of all water and then letting it dry before bringing it inside for the winter. If left outside you risk the water inside the equipment freezing then harming the structure. It may expand then crack causing damage. Forcing you to purchase a replacement come spring time.
Cover Your Pool
The last step is to cover your pool. In general, there are a few things you will want to keep in mind when setting your cover in place. But it is always best to read your instructions manual and take their first-hand advice on how to properly cover your pool with that specific cover.
As you cover your pool, be sure to look out for things like tears or sharp edges. A big hole in your cover can make it useless when the weather turns harsh. It may also be suggested you allow for a little bit of water to collect on the cover so it does not flap around in the wind or allow air to get trapped inside. Some suggest using products like cover clips or seals to help ensure proper protection.
If you live in a particularly cold area you may want to consider air pillows. Air pillows help prevent the water in your pool from freezing. If the water were to freeze it would expand the pool and potentially cause harm to the structure. Air pillows help prevent the water from freezing and thus expanding.
If you are thinking your afternoon swim is starting to get a bit chilly, it may be time to close up your above ground pool. It can be a process so be sure to start soon and not before it gets too cold. You would hate to have a massive block of dirty ice in your backyard all winter!
To find out more on how to care for your pool, download an above ground pool brochure.