The warmer months are the perfect time to begin thinking about the process of winterizing your above ground pool. having the right tools, chemicals and information on hand will make this job run smoothly. Below is the easiest and most effective way to get your pool ready for a long, cold winter.
Test and Reduce the Water Level
Once you have decided that it is time to close the pool down for the year, use a water ph testing kit to see where the pool is as far as alkalinity or acidity. It needs to be in the range of 7.1 to 7.8, although you should always follow the recommendations of the pool manufacturer. Lower the level of the water to the range of 2-inches below the intake valves.
Add Winterize Chemicals and Clean Filter
You need to purchase and add a winter chemical kit that contains a serious shock treatment and algaecide. This will help prevent discoloration of the water over the cold months. Avoid adding both chemicals at once. Space it out over a two-day period to keep the chlorine in the shock treatment from rendering the algaecide useless.
Disconnect Water Lines and Winterize Pump
The water lines that run from the pump to the pool will need to be disconnected and the water drained from them. You can remove the portions of water valves that are cleanable and store them, including any attached lighting. Use the instructions that came with your pool to completely winterize the pump. Each make and model can be slightly different.
Remove Pool Extras
Pull any ladders, lounges, and steps from the pool. Put away all inflatables and benches. Allow a complete access area to get to the pool in a hurry if there is a problem during the cold season. You do not want to be tripping on any unnecessary items. This is also the perfect time to give them a good cleaning.
Cover the Pool
Evidence shows that adding a small air pillow that is slightly under-inflated will help relieve the pressure of ice on the surface of the remaining water. This can keep damage from happening to the pool walls. Once this is done you need to cover the top of the pool with a winterizing bonnet, or a safety cover. Either will work nicely to keep debris from entering the pool at times that are more difficult for you to monitor.
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