How To Winterize An Above Ground Salt Water Pool? [Fact Checked!]

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The last thing you want to do in the winter is spend a lot of time cleaning your pool. There are several things that you need to take care of before you go into the spring and it’s best to do as much as possible. This article is going to discuss how to winterize an above ground salt water pool so that it’s easy to take care of in the spring. It’s a good idea to do this a few weeks before the officially the winter season, so it won’t be too late.

Fill It With Sand

The first and probably the most important thing you need to do in the winter is to fill your pool with sand. This is going to make it easier to maintain in the spring and summer. When you initially fill it with sand, you also want to add some stones to the mix so that it’s not just going to be a big bowl of concrete. This will make it look more natural and give it a more natural pool appearance. This will also help with the filter system if you have one installed (recommended). You can add more or less sand according to how dirty your pool is going to be in the spring. The general rule of thumb is about 2.5 feet of gravel sub-base and another 2.5 feet of sand. This is going to make the pool look a lot cleaner and it’s going to make it easier for you to maintain.

Drain It And Clean It

Another thing you need to do in the winter (before you add more sand) is to drain and clean your pool. This means removing all the water and letting it dry out. When the water has completely drained from the pool, you should do this a few times to remove all the excess gunk at the bottom. After this is done, the pool is ready for more sand to be added. When you add more sand in the spring, all you need to do is turn on the pool pump and let it run for a few minutes before you get in.

This is going to be a lot of work in the winter, but it’s worth it in the spring. Not only does it make it easier to clean and maintain, but it looks a lot more natural. Plus, who wants to swim in a dirty pool? Not me.

Install Heat Pads And Pump

In some areas, it gets a little chilly in the winter, especially at night. If you want to keep your salt water pool at a comfortable temperature, you need to install some heat pads underneath it. These are going to be in direct contact with the gravel sub-base and as a result, warm it up. They are also going to help to prevent any potential overheating issues. To install these heat pads, simply push them into the ground, a few inches deep, and make sure that they are in contact with the sub-base. You can also add more or less heat depending on how cold it gets where you live. As a general rule of thumb, a pair of good quality heat pads will do the trick.

Check For Leaks

Another thing you need to do before you go into the spring is to check for leaks inside and outside your pool. You can do this by squeezing some soft drink cans (e.g., Mello Yello) inside the pool and listening for the sound of the can rolling around. If you hear it, there’s a hole somewhere and you need to fix it. You can also do this by attaching some hoses to the faucets outside the pool and letting the water run while listening for leaks. You should also check under the house for any crawl spaces or attics that could be used for storage. These are the types of places where you can find extra leaks which you could fix with some waterproofing. If you have a sump pump, you should test it in the spring to make sure it works. You should also clean out the pool completely in the spring and ensure that there are no leaves or twigs inside. These are going to clog up the filter system if not removed.

There are several benefits to having a pool during the winter. Not only does it help to keep you fit, but it also adds a touch of whimsy to your home. Just remember to take your time in the winter and do as much as possible to ensure that it’s ready for the spring. These guidelines will help you get started, but chances are, you’ll still have a few questions. Feel free to give us a call and we’ll help you get set up with the perfect pool for your needs. Otherwise, enjoy the winter season and make sure your friends and family remember what a great swimmer you are!

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