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Winterizing Your Above Ground Pool in Cold Weather Climates

As the seasons change and winter approaches, it’s time to bid farewell to those sun-drenched pool days. But don’t fret! Winterizing your above-ground pool is an essential part of pool ownership in cold climates. By taking a proactive approach and embracing the chill, you can ensure that your pool remains in top-notch condition, ready to thrill you when the warmer days return.

1. Pool Party with a Purpose: Fall Cleanup

Before diving into the winterization process, host a “Pool Party with a Purpose” by gathering the “frequent flyer” family and friends to show their gratitude of summerlong enjoyment by helping with the fall cleanup! Make it fun by playing your favorite tunes and creating a checklist of tasks. Remove leaves, debris, and any pool toys from the water. Treat your helpers to some hot cocoa afterward, and revel in the memories of the summer season while prepping for the colder months.

2. Clean and Balance the Pool water

Ensure your pool water is clean and balanced. Remove any debris, leaves, and dirt from the water using a pool net or vacuum. Test the water and adjust the pH, alkalinity, and calcium hardness levels to the recommended range. Properly balanced water prevents corrosion and scale buildup during the winter months.

2. Lower the Water level in the Pool

Lower the water level in your above-ground pool to protect it from potential freezing damage. Use a submersible pump or siphon to lower the water level below the skimmer and return lines. Be careful not to drain the pool completely, as this can cause structural issues if the ground freezes and expands

3. Prepare your Pool Equipment and Supplies for a Long Winters Nap

Clean those pool toys, floats and chairs. and let them dry in the sun. Once dry, deflate and store them in a designated spot. Securely store pool chemicals away from children and animals. Remove and drain all pool equipment, including the pump, filter, and heater. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper drainage and winter storage. Store these items in a dry and covered area to protect them from the winter elements.

4. Winterize the Plumbing

To prevent damage from freezing water, it’s important to winterize the plumbing lines.  Disconnect the hoses and drain them thoroughly. If your pool has a skimmer, use a winterizing plug to seal it. You can also use pool antifreeze to protect the plumbing and equipment from freezing temperatures. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the proper use of pool antifreeze.

5. Use a Pool Cover designed for Your Pool

Winter pool covers protect the pool from debris, leaves, and snow, while also preventing ice formation. Ensure the cover is securely fastened to the pool using a cable and winch system or cover clips.Coverstar green mesh pool cover on inground pool

6. Perform Checks throughout the winter

Remove debris and snow build up to prevent damage, Check water level and add water as needed

Winterizing your above-ground pool in cold climate states is an important part in ensuring the longevity . Proper winterization preserves your pool, and also makes the opening process easier and more enjoyable when the long awaited summertime returns. Which is a great time to have a traditional Pool Opening Party!