Closing your above ground pool for winter

This may be a little early for some of you,  but here in Wisconsin, we’re getting close to the time most start thinking about closing their pool for the fall & winter. (Personally, I’m not ready for it, I could use a few more weeks of hot hot summer)

You’re closing your above ground pool, where do you start? 

First, you want to start with a clean, clear pool.  Throwing a cover over your algae filled pool or cloudy water (unfortunately) doesn’t make it go away. It will more than likely only get worse over fall/winter/spring.  

After your pool is sparkling clear, its time to start draining your pool water. Above Ground pools should be drained 4-6″ below the skimmer or return fitting. Make sure you drain all the water from your skimmer if you are in an area that freezes. Leaving water in your skimmer can cause freeze damage. This is a good time to take out your steps/ladders/solar covers, clean & dry them, and store them in a dry area for the winter.

Next step is winterizing your filter system. The best thing you can do for your filter system is store it somewhere the weather is not extreme.  If you are located somewhere that has cold & snowy winters, you do not want to leave your filter system outside.  If your filter is somewhere that it cannot be removed, make sure you add POOL ANTIFREEZE to your filter system. 

So, your pool is drained, equipment is clean & stored away, and your filter system is winterized. Time to add your chemicals. What you add for closing depends on what chemical system you use. Visit our website here to see our closing procedures for Baquacil & Chlorine pools. You always add winterizing pool chemicals after your pool has been drained. If you add chemicals before you drain, you’re just going to end up losing a portion of the chemicals you just added! After you add the chemicals to your pool water, take a brush or a net and walk around your pool to mix the chemicals up a little. 

Now onto the last step, your air pillow and winter cover. Air pillows are a sacrificial item to the closing process. The air pillow is there to absorb the expansion of ice, instead of your rails taking the beating from expansion. Most air pillows more than likely pop after the first freeze. Don’t worry, if your air pillow pops, you don’t have to run out to your pool in 20 degree weather to put a new pillow in.  See our chart here for air pillow/pool sizing. Now its time to put on your pool cover. National Discount Pool Supplies, LLC carries a few different types of pool covers. All of our winter pool covers come with the winch and cable to secure your cover.  The pool cover should drape over your pool, not pulled tight across the top of the swimming pool. If you have problems with wind, check out our cover clips, winter cover wrap, or above ground pool cover wall bags. These will help keep your cover from billowing up over the fall, winter & Spring. 

Check out these winterizing products to make your life a little easier (And some to save you some money!!):  Aquador Skimmer System, Pool Magic (Spring & Fall), Winter Pill (Available for up to 15,000 gallons & 30,000 gallons)

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at info@nationaldiscountpoolsupplies or give us a call toll free at 1-866-736-0732

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