Peace of mind throughout the winter months is worth the extra effort and easy to achieve if the proper steps are taken. By simply planing ahead, there is minimal maintenance that must be done in order to best take care of your above ground pool. Let’s face it, doing anything in the winter is more difficult. Get some of these things off the list by completing them when you close the pool as opposed to waiting for problems to creep up.
Start with the Basics
The first step to find peace of mind is to follow the basic pool closing instructions.
Check for any standing water before the temperature reaches 32 degrees Fahrenheit (below freezing). Especially in any plastic components (e.g. skimmer, filter tank, chlorinator, etc.), as frozen water can expand and stress (crack) these parts.
Extra Pool Cover Care
A small amount of standing water is recommended to remain on the top of your winter cover throughout the winter. Generally 1″ to 2″ is sufficient. This will prevent wind from tearing the cover and keep it weighed down on the water of the pool.
Another great product is Horizon’s Winter Cover Sealer.
Winter Cover Sealer will further secure your above ground pools perimeter and also prevent damaging winds from effecting your winter cover.
Winterize Your Backyard, Not Just Your Pool
With strong enough winds, patio furniture, grills, large outdoor storage boxes, large and small plants, and other outdoor equipment kept near or around your pool my easily find themselves wanting to go tear your cover, or damage your above ground pool wall. Be sure to tie down and/or relocate all loose items no matter how heavy they may be as high winds can even move large items.
Possibly The Tip That Saves You The Most
Disconnect your filter from the pool and store the pump indoors away from moisture at room temperature. Storing your filter’s pump indoors is proper procedure and will make sure you get the longest lifespan out of your motor.