Pool Winterizing Above Ground Pool With No Liner

My husband drained our above ground pool & was going to replace the liner this summer. Now that the summer is nearly over, he is busy & is thinking of leaving the pool empty & uncovered until next spring.


Will leaving the pool empty cause damage to the actual pool? I have heard above ground pools can collapse.

Please provide a knowledgeable answer.

Thank you.

Michele




Thanks for the question Michele

I can give you a educated guess but I honestly have never had this situation come up in my pool experiences, neither on my route in Arizona nor in Oregon where lots of people have above ground pools.

If the pool is made from steel or aluminum you may run the risk of rusting in the inside if it's not covered. You also may have standing water full of leaves and debris that may be difficult to remove, not impossible but it might give you more work than you'd like.

Even many resin plastic pools have steel and/or aluminum that may show the effects of a harsh Winter.

My guess would be if you're not going to put a new liner in it you may want to cover it. This way it will reduce the amount of water and debris that will get onto the pool surface and cause rust, mold, algae, or any other issue that may pop up.

As for the sturdiness of an empty and unlined pool over the Winter you may want to contact the manufacturer for a more thorough and detailed answer.

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New Vinyl Liner Inground Pool

We just had a new vinyl liner installed in our 18x36 inground pool.

The installer told us NOT to lower the water level below the skimmer because it will expose the first step and that's not good (We ALWAYS dropped the level to below the skimmer).

Since we're not going to drop the water level should we put the shock and algaecide while the filter is running and then cover it?




Thanks for the question

This is an area of debate among many pool experts. Lowering the water level below the skimmer, or even the returns, may be risky in that the liner may separate. By not lowering the water level you run the risk of cracking the skimmer, water getting into the skimmer and the lines.

My advice would be to get a pool professional to do it for you. Get everything in writing. Also, contact the manufacturer of the liner and ask their opinion.

I've closed pools by lowering the water level and not lowering it. Both have worked because I followed the proper procedures.

My personal opinion is this: Lowering the water at least a few inches below the tile and skimmer is important. It keeps the freezing water and ice out.

The answer to the next question is you should shock and put a good PolyQuat 60 algaecide while the filter is running. Filter for at least 8 - 10 hours before closing the pool. this will ensure the good turn-over of the water.

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Winterization and Pool Covers

by Con Opal
(SW Pennsylvania)

I am selling a home and the potential buyers want their home inspector to be able to pull of the cover of the inground pool to look at the liner.

Will that affect the winterization?




Thanks for the question

To the best of my knowledge there shouldn't be an issue with removing the cover to take a look at the liner.

Pool covers are mainly used for safety and to keep dirt and debris out of the pool during the Winter months. Just be sure to properly reinstall the cover and good luck selling your house.

I hope this has answered your question to your satisfaction.

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Pool Winterizing

by Cherie
(Woodstock, Ontario)

Our new in ground pool renovation was recently completed and I am wondering about the best way to cover it.

We are surrounded by pine trees and have issues with pine needles. In the past we have used a spring loaded mesh cover and every spring the pool looks like a swamp and can take seemly forever to clear.

Is there a better way to maintain our pool?




Thanks for the question Cherie

There are options for your issue. Many times people who are in your situation will go for a solid or safety pool cover.

Swimming Pool Solid Cover

This way the leaves and pine needles will fall directly on it but not in the pool.

Still other pool owners will use both a solid cover underneath a mesh or leaf cover. This way the debris falls on the leaf cover and is easily removed simply by taking the leaf cover off during their Spring pool opening. Undo the anchors and pull the cover off. Some debris will fall onto the safety or solid cover but can either be swept away or by using a leaf blower

Swimming Pool Leaf Cover

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