Winters and swimming, not a good combination at all. Obviously you won’t even think of jumping into the pool even as an exercise when the temperature is getting lower. Although being a mind relaxing and body forming exercise, swimmers shut their pools during the offseason so that the health of their pools is maintained for long. Further, ensuring durability and longevity.
If there are algae spores within the pool and as an owner, you shut it down, making it ready for swimming in the next season would definitely take time. Maybe more than you’ve expected.
Similarly, if you keep it uncovered, the cleaning process on a regular basis needs to take place along with rebalancing the water and a lot more difficult task. Below are some of the effective ways one must choose to winterize an above ground pool for future benefits:
Ensure having the needed equipment
Whenever you are to do anything, you’ll need the equipment so that the task can be accomplished. Having things ready with you will obviously make the task easy. When it comes to shutting the pool during the winter season, you’ll require cover for the pool, brush, vacuum, chemicals, bags, and clips, etc.
Remove the accessories and equipment in the pool
Prior to starting with the cleaning process, the second step one must take is to remove all the equipment and accessories placed within the pool. These may include floaties, alarm, ladder, diving boards, etc. These need to be stored after they are cleaned using the brush.
Ensure the pool contains the correct amount of chemicals
It is essential for the pool chemistry to be balanced so that all the chemicals work in an efficient manner. When the water is balanced, the liner of the pool is also protected. For the chemistry of the pool, the PH level needs to be in the range of 7.2- 7.4, alkalinity be in the range of 80-120 ppm, and the calcium hardness is in the range of 180-220 ppm.
Cleanup session of the pool
The next is to clean the pool using the net. For the surface and the algae spores, the brush works wonders along with vacuuming. Moving forward, the process of oxidation works best as is done with the core purpose of killing the harmful substances that the chlorine may not be able to do so.
The shock that you give to your pool can either be chlorinated or non-chlorinated. If the pool is in its worst condition, it would definitely require a chlorinated shock as it is harsher than the other.
Make use of the winter chemical kit
How sad you would feel when you’ll open up your pool in the spring season and find out a lot of algae, especially if you are one of the swimming lovers. The best option is to go for any good winter chemical kits. For this as well a lot of people choose to go for the non-chlorinated kit.
Drain and clean
Once you are done, choose to go for the draining process. For the pools, one of the greatest risks that lies in the winter season is ice expansion. To deal with it, one can either use a vacuum to blow the water and then plug the line or make use of the swimming pool antifreeze.
The best about the above-ground pools is that they can be unplugged, cleaned, and stored whenever needed.
Lower down the level of the water and unplug the drain plugs
It is suggested to lower the level of water in the pool and make sure that it does not go empty completely as it may put unnecessary strains on the pool cover and other damages to the pool.
The next step is to make sure that you remove the drain plug as this will help in preventing the cracks from taking place that may be due to the freezing water.
Ensure installation of the air pillow
Installation of the air pillow is key when it comes to protecting the pool from the winter. Having them installed is a perfect solution for keeping ice aside and not letting it expand and cause damage. So no matter where you install them, you’ll serve what they are designed for. The best is to connect them with the winter cover so they stay in their place.
Install the cover
Finally, shut it down with the winter cover as it serves as the protective shield for the water that is to be stored for so many months when the pool is not in use. Investing in a good cover is worth the amount paid for it.
Now you are done!
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