for water Leakage
you begin the process of treating the water and covering the pool,
be sure to check the water level to make sure that the liner is
not leaking. This may sound unusual, but many aboveground pools
are destroyed during the winter months because the water in the
pool leaked during the shutdown period. During the winter, ice will
form and push against the walls of the pool. When ice forms in a
pool, the water underneath the ice is actually supporting it. If
you are unaware of a leak, the water may drain out slowly during
winter season leaving you with a rather nasty problem on your hands!
Consider the following scenario: The ice in mid-winter is pushing
against the walls of your pool with great strength. It will support
itself for a while until things start to thaw in late winter, when
the ice "loses its grip" (so to speak) and begins to drop
into the water beneath it. If the water under the ice is at a very
low level, or totally drained out (because of that tiny leak), the
ice falls with great force, crashing to the bottom of your pool
because there is no water under the ice block to cushion the fall.
Your pool walls will be crimped and the total pool could be devastated!
Worst of allmanufacturers of the pool don't give you any relief.
They blame the liner manufacturer! The liner manufacturer blames
the pool manufacturer! You lose! (Now is when you realize the importance
of buying an aboveground pool with the same manufacturer as the
mark the water level of the pool with a marker. Place a pan with
at least two inches of water in it on the ground by the pool. Mark
the pan of water with a marker also. Leave the pool off for at least
24 hours. No vacuuming, no swimming, no activity whatsoever! Now
check the water level in the pool and compare it to the level in
the pan of water. Both should be the same (because evaporation and
rain will be the same).
Pool in Cold Climates
in cold climates have special winterizing needs that pool owners
in warmer areas dont have to contend with. First, we recommend
using a Skimmer
Closure which will keep you from having to drain
the water below the skimmer opening. Skimmer Guards also protect
your Skimmer from costly cracks & damage due to expanding freezing
water. Disconnect the hose under your skimmer so rainwater will
drain out. Then plug the return fitting with a Rubber
Compression Plug. We stock these plugs, but they
are also readily available at most hardware stores. If you do not
wish to use a Skimmer Closure, you can use a Skimmer Guard instead.
A Skimmer Guard is simply a plastic compensator that is threaded
at the bottom. It screws into the bottom of most and prevents ice
damage to the skimmer housing by collapsing itself to take up the
ice expansion. You can usually use it again next season, unless
it breaks or tears. With a Skimmer Guard, you still plug the return
line with a plastic threaded plug after removing the threaded eyeball
directional flow fitting. Rubber expandable plugs also work well.
you are purchasing a Skimmer Closure, please provide the manufacturer
or model number of your skimmer, so we can ensure you get the
correct bolt pattern.
best time to add a Skimmer Closure is actually in the spring (when
your water level is lower). It is possible to install a Skimmer
Closure when the water is at the "regular" level; while
it is a bit more cumbersome, it can be done with only a small
amount of water loss.
the Winterizing Kit
your pool water is as important as protecting the pool itself. We
stock several quality products that will ensure a smooth pool closing,
and give you sparkling water next spring, with a minimum of time,
effort & money. Our chlorine-free Winter
Closing Chemical Kits come with everything you need,
and are sized to your specific pool size. Winter Chemical Kits include
pool shock, chemical floater w/ oxidizer, winterizing algaecide,
Winter Stain-Away and our exclusive Winter Sorb to purge oils, lotion
and swimmer waste from your water. And try our amazing Winter
Pool Secret before you cover your pool
an easy-to-use, 3-in-1 treatment that saves you money and helps
ensure sparkling clear water for spring opening.
your solar blanket and lay it flat to dry so it can be rolled &
stored in your basement (or other area that's protected from the
elements). Do not leave your solar blanket out during the winter
months unless you completely dry it and cover it first with an appropriate
is also the time to remove any pool accessories that protrude into
the pool (such as lights, fountains, or pool cleaner attachments).
Failure to do so could ruin your pool or rip the liner as ice grips
the object and moves. You would not believe how ice can ruin a pool
not winterized properly!
& Filter Care
backwash your filter thoroughly:
you have a sand filter, remove the winter drain plug at the tank
base & keep this drain open for the winter.
you have a DE or Cartridge filter, you should remove the drain
plug and open the filter top. Remove the element (cartridge) to
clean it with a solution of TSP (Tri-Sodium Phosphate) 2 cups
per 1/2 gallon of water. Soak it for 30 minutes and hose it off
and then let it drip dry in the basement or garage. Do not put
the element back in the filter until spring. Clean your DE Filter
Grids or Flex Tubes with a garden hose spray. If they look grayish
or brown, clean them with TSP also. Make sure that all the DE
Powder is removed from the tank
your filter is not too heavy to move, remove it from the outside
for the winter. If you decide to leave your filter outside, wrap
it with an old wool blanket, or consider a Winter
Cover Seal. You will probably have more than enough
for the pool, so keep some for the filter & pump.
the winter shutdown, plug your pump motor in for about two to three
seconds per month. This will keep it ready for a successful spring
the Cover on the Pool!
covers are always made larger than the pool. Generally, aboveground
pool covers are at least three to four feet larger
than the pool size. So, a cover for a 24' pool is made 27' or 28'
round. Pool covers are made to lie on top of the pool water; they
are not made to stretch across the pool. Pool covers will collect
precipitation and they are designed to do just that. Do not "tee
pee" a winter pool cover as it will fail!
areas where the water will freeze, you MUST use an air
pillow or ice equalizer to prevent the pool wall
from crinkling. These vinyl pillows are filled with air from the
exhaust of a vacuum cleaner. We recommend you inflate the pillow
two or three days prior to using it. This way, if there is a leak
you will know about it before you use it. Secure the pillow(s) in
the pool with a nylon string or rope.
you live in a windy area you should also use cover
clips. Many of our customers prefer what we call
Winter Cover Seal. Winter Cover Seal comes in a 500-foot roll and
is applied around the pool perimeter after the pool is covered.
It is a polyethylene wrap that stays in place all winter long. These
inexpensive items will save your cover from wind-whip damage. If
you want your pool cover to last many years, using the Winter Cover
Seal or the Gladon clips will benefit you most.
is normal to get water accumulation on top of most pool covers.
If you get a very large accumulation of water or snow melt on the
cover, it is advisable to use a submersible
cover pump to remove some of it. Note: On winter
covers that have sewn seams, it is important that you do NOT position
the cover pump over a seam. This will result in you removing pool
water from the pool! ALL solid pool lay-on-the-water polyethylene
covers allow seepage of water from the pool to the top of the cover.
This is NORMAL. Never disturb the ice block inside any pool by standing
on the cover or shoveling snow off the cover. Serious damage can
occur if this is done.
Winter Products Now
you have any questions please contact us at 1-800-334-2148.