Winterizing a pool that’s above the ground is a little different than winterizing a pool that is in the ground. There are still steps you need to follow if you want your pool to be ready for next summer. If you’re wondering how to close an above ground pool, here are all the steps you need.
How to Close a Pool for the Winter if It Is Above the Ground
Dry the Pool
First, to start to winterize an above ground pool you will need to dry the parts of the pool. While you are not draining the water, you are drying parts of the pool to prepare them for the winter. Take off the stepladder, pump or filter, and skimmer. You will need to wash and dry them. Make sure that these pieces dry off thoroughly. Many people lay them out in the sun for a couple of days. Then, you will want to put them somewhere they will not freeze during the winter.
Clean the Pool Surfaces and Adjust pH
Before you close your pool, you need to make sure that the pH levels are between 7.2 and 7.4 pH. Your total alkalinity must be between 80 and 120 ppm (parts per million). You should also make sure your calcium level is between 80 and 120 ppm. Make sure that your pool is squeaky clean. Clean off any algae growth and scrub down the pool surfaces. You also need to shock your pool one last time. You want your pool to be as clean as possible to prepare it for the winter. Do not close up your pool without giving it a final skim. Any debris falling in your pool takes away from the chemicals you’ll use during the winter to clean it.
Lower the Water Level
Once you have thoroughly cleaned your pool, you need to lower the water level. Your water level should be below the mouth of the skimmer. You want to draw down the water so that it does not freeze during the winter. If it does, it may cause damage to your pool.
Cover Your Pool
You may be wondering how to cover a pool, especially how to cover an above ground pool with a deck. You can cover the entire deck if you want, or you may just want to cover the pool. If you want to cover everything, first secure the cover. You need to make sure you have enough cover clips to hold it down in a strong wind. If you find a hole in the cover, you will need to patch it. Many people also use an air pillow in the middle of the pool to keep the rain out. It also helps equalize the ice level.
Once you have the pool covered, you may choose to tarp your deck as well. While some people want their entire structure covered, others choose to cover just the pool. As with the pool cover, make sure you tie the tarp down completely to prevent water seepage.
Remove the Pump and Filter for Storage
You need to make sure you blow out your pump and filter equipment. You need to clean it as well to prevent damage. Then, you will need to store the pump and the filter for the winter. Put them in a place that will stay out of the cold. If you have a cartridge filter, make sure it is completely clean and dry before you store it.
If you have questions and need help to winterize an above ground pool, contact Skovish Pools & Spas. You can call us or stop by and visit us. We have two store locations: Luzerne, PA, and Shickshinny, PA.