For pool owners, pool season is hands down the favorite time of year. Thanks to advances in technology, that period continues to expand – making early spring and late fall far more agreeable times for a refreshing dip. With good maintenance and a few helpful water-warming tools, people in every region of the country are delighting in increased pool time.
Properly opening or closing your pool is an important part of good maintenance, and it’s an easy way to ensure a long life for your above ground pool. As always, check with your Celebration® Pools dealer or your pool chemical professional for region-specific opening and closing procedures.
Steps for Winterizing
You purchased a pool for the enjoyment, not the upkeep. Your Celebration® Pools above ground pool is designed with this concept in mind – right down to its easy winterizing steps.
- Your winterizing process begins by conducting an inspection of the pool. When the weather shifts toward cooler temps, take a few minutes, walk around the pool and check out the connections and the liner. Make sure both are secure and in good condition. The winter climate puts us all to the test, and your pool is no different. Making certain it is in prime working order before it begins its winter rest will ensure an easy spring startup.
- Lower the water level to about one-foot below the skimmer holes. You should maintain this level throughout the winter months, so be sure to make adjustments if necessary following heavy rain or snow.
- Before shutdown, take a sample of your water to your chemical provider for water analysis. The dealer will provide instructions to balance the water as needed.
- Clean the pool by brushing the walls, skimming the water surface and vacuuming the bottom of the pool. Empty the pump and skimmer baskets. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to clean or backwash the filter. Use a filter cleaner or degreaser, following the label instructions.
- Shock the pool water before you shut equipment down and include an algaecide treatment. Run your filter 24-48 hours before you close down the pool to ensure the water is as clean as possible for the winter. Your chemical supplier may also suggest a winterizing agent that will expedite your springtime startup.
- Disconnect the plumbing from the pool, and drain the water from equipment such as the pump, filter, heater, chlorinator, hoses and pipes as recommended by the manufacturers. Check with your Celebration Pools dealer about additional protection for pipes and equipment. Store any off-line items (ladders, skimmer baskets, etc.).
- Cover the pool with a high-quality winter cover that prevents debris from accumulating.
In the more temperate regions of the country, closing your pool may not be necessary, particularly if your water does not run the risk of freezing. Be sure to check with your local Celebration® Pools dealer before making such decisions.
If you do decide to keep your above ground pool open all year long, these minimum care standards should be followed:
- Operate the pump as recommended by the manufacturer. If the temperature dips into the freezing range, operate the pump continuously.
- Maintain recommended pH and sanitizer levels.
- Be sure your pool stays debris free – remove any leaves or dirt that might find their way into the water.