The proper maintenance of above ground pools for the winter season will help make sure that you have a healthy and clean water and a fully functional equipment once you open it back up next spring. Listed below are some tips to winterize your above ground pool.
Test and Balance Your Swimming Pool’s Chemical Levels
One week before closing the swimming pool, you should test the pH levels, calcium hardness, and alkalinity by using a water chemistry test kit. The appropriate levels for the winter season will differ based on the instructions provided by the manufacturer on what and how to use the winterizing chemical kit. But generally speaking, the levels must be:
- pH : 7.2-7.8
- Alkalinity: 80-120ppm
- Calcium hardness: check the instructions on the winter kit
- Chlorine : 2-3ppm
Clean Swimming Pool and Skimmer
As your chemicals start to change, scrub the pool’s waterline and get rid of the buildup that may stain the liner using a biodegradable swimming pool cleaner. Clean the skimmer’s interior and get rid of any noticeable black residues. Don’t forget to scrub and then rinse the entire pool.
In case you have a conventional solar cover, swimming pool specialists suggest that you get rid of organic buildup or residual chemicals before allowing it to air dry and keeping it during winter. Vacuum your swimming pool using a hand vacuum or automatic cleaner. Don’t forget to use a pool brush to scrub the vinyl liner.
Clean The Swimming Pool Filter
For a cartridge filter, you have to put in a filter cleaner. For DE or sand filters, you have the option to backwash your filter. Clean whatever has accumulated in the filter tank but be sure to refer to the filter manual.
Add A Winter Chemical Kit
The best winter chemical kit has non-chlorine shock or chlorine shock, as well as a winterizing algaecide. If you have a well water or a heater, you can use a kit that has a metal control. It’s not advisable to add chlorine shock because it can break the algaecide down and stop it from working correctly.
Low Water Level
Use a sump pump or siphon pool pump to drain your above ground pool Myrtle Beach as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Some swimming pool owner may choose to lower their swimming pool water by setting the swimming pool filter multi port valve to waste and then backwashing the water.
Winterize the Equipment and the Skimmer
Gut the skimmer and get rid of all the interior parts which includes the basket and vac plate. Unthread the eyeball and the ring so you can pull the eyeball out of the return jet. Change the eyeball using a rubber plug. In case the fitting is female then you should use a threaded plug. In case a light is built into the return jet then you should pull out the eyeball. Don’t forget to take the light out, too.
Remove the Above Ground Pool Accessories
Remove all of the swimming pool accessories. These include floats and ladders. Don’t forget to clean and dry them first before storing them for the winter season.
Introduce An Air Pillow
Air pillows will help in absorbing the freezing water’s pressure and even though it won’t keep snow or rain off the cover, placing it at the center of the swimming pool must evenly distribute the water’s weight. This will create less stress on the swimming pool cover.
Cover the Pool
Now that your swimming pool is clean and chemically balanced, with the accessories removed and the air pillow placed at the center, the next thing to do is cover the swimming pool.
Maintain Your Swimming Pool
At this point, your swimming pool has been buttoned up properly for winter. The next thing you should focus on is the amount of water that builds up on the cover. You can use a cover pump to drain the water that will accumulate on the cover.