Is It Time To Winterize Your Pool?
The winter months bring a lot of changes to an above ground pool. You will probably find the best advice for getting your pool ready for the winter from pool stores in your area. What you need to do in Wisconsin is going to be different than what we do in Arizona.
A few suggestions would be to get a good winter cover, a few air pillows and and a water removal pump.
It is also recommended in many places that you remove your filter system and store it in a garage or shed for the winter. You will also want to close off the skimmer with a skimmer guard and a plug.
Below are examples of why it is so important to keep the water out of the skimmer. If the water freezes inside the skimmer, and if the pool looses any water at all, the skimmer becomes one with the layer of ice on top of the pool and goes down causing wall damage.
Keeping the top of the cover as clean as possible is helpful also. After a heavy rain you should use your pump and get the water off the cover. Keep it free of leafs, dirt and snow and it will last longer and stay in place better.
Below is an example of how a pool cover should not look during the winter months.
In The Swim is one of my favorite online pool stores. They also have everything you need to winterize your pool, starting with a winter pool cover. You may not be using your pool all winter but that does not mean you can completely forget about it. Take care of it all winter and it will be ready for swimming in the spring.
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