10 Steps to Winterize Your Above Ground Pool


As the days get shorter and the temperature starts to drop, it’s time to start thinking about winterizing your above-ground pool. By following these ten easy steps, you can make sure that your pool is in good working order for next year.

1. Drain the pool

The first step in winterizing your above-ground pool is to drain it. The easiest way to drain your above-ground pool is to use the drain plug at the bottom of the pool. This will allow you to quickly and easily drain the water from the pool. You can also use a submersible pump to drain the water, or you can siphon it out using a hose

2. Clean the pool

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Once the pool has been drained, use a brush to clean off any dirt or debris that may have collected on the bottom and sides of the pool. Make sure to also clean out the skimmer basket and pump basket.

The best way to clean an above-ground pool when it is drained and empty is to use a pressure washer. You can either buy or rent a pressure washer and then use it to clean the sides and bottom of the pool. Make sure to wear appropriate safety gear while using the pressure washer, such as goggles, gloves, and a face mask.

If your pool has a cover, you can also use the pressure washer to clean the top of the cover. Start by spraying water on the cover to wet it, and then use the pressure washer to remove any dirt or debris. Be careful not to damage the cover by using too much pressure.

3. Refill the pool

Pour enough water into the pool so that the vinyl liner is completely covered. The water will help keep the vinyl liner from shrinking or cracking.

If you follow these 10 steps, your above-ground pool will be in good condition when you are ready to use it again next year.

4. Add winterizing chemicals

Once the pool has been cleaned, add a winterizing chemical to help protect the water from freezing. Be sure to follow the instructions on the package carefully.

When winterizing an above-ground pool, you can protect the water from freezing by adding a winterizing chemical. There are several different types of winterizing chemicals available, so be sure to read the instructions carefully and choose the one that is right for your pool.

One common type of winterizing chemical is called a “pool antifreeze”. Pool antifreeze is a liquid that you add to the water in your pool. It helps to prevent the water from freezing and keeps it from damage caused by ice.

Another type of winterizing chemical is called a “pool stabilizer”. A pool stabilizer is a powder that you add to the water. It helps to prevent the water from becoming cloudy or murky when it is cold.

Both pool antifreeze and pool stabilizer are available at most pool stores. Be sure to read the instructions on the package carefully before using them.

5. Add a cover

If you have an above-ground pool, it is a good idea to add a pool cover to help keep the water from freezing. A good quality pool cover will help to insulate the water and keep it from freezing and will also protect the pool from debris and dirt.

There are several types of covers available for above-ground pools, including solid vinyl covers, mesh covers, and winterizing covers. Choose the type of cover that is best suited for your needs.

When choosing a cover for your above-ground pool, be sure to consider the weight of the cover.

The following are the steps to take in order to properly cover your pool:

1. Locate the cover on your pool and identify the straps. There will be four straps – two on each side of the cover.

2. Take a strap in each hand and hold them up so that the cover is off the ground.

3. Walk to the other side of the pool and do the same thing.

4. Now that the cover is off the ground, you can put it on the pool.

5. Center the cover on the pool and make sure that it is lying flat.

6. Take each strap and wrap it around the top rail of the pool.

7. Make sure that the straps are tight so that the cover doesn’t blow off in bad weather.

8. If there are any excess straps, you can tuck them underneath the cover.

6. Plug the skimmer

When winterizing your above-ground pool, it’s important to make sure that you plug the skimmer so that no water can enter it and freeze. This can damage the skimmer and cause it to not function properly next year.

7. The Pump

You will also need to winterize the pump by following these steps:

1. Locate the pump in your pool and identify the plug. It will be a small hole on the side of the pump near the top.

2. Take the plug provided or a piece of rubber tubing and push one end of the tubing into the hole on the side of the pump and push until it is snug.

4. Take the other end of the tubing and put it in a container that is filled with water. This will keep the tubing from freezing.

8. The Filter

Winterize the filter by following these steps the same way as the pump instructions plus, if you have an air relief valve on your filter, you will need to close it by turning the valve to the “closed” position.

9. Close the return valves

Close the return valves on your pool by turning them to the “off” position.

The reason why you need to close the return valves is so that no water can enter the pipes. If water does freeze in the pipes, it can cause them to burst and damage the pool.

10. Insulate the pipes

If you have plastic pipes coming out of your pool, you can insulate them with foam pipe insulation. This will help keep the water from freezing.

Extra step. Store any supplies

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Once the pool is covered, store any extra supplies such as the pump, skimmer, and chemicals in a safe place where they will not be damaged by the cold weather.


It’s important to winterize your pool before the cold weather sets in. If you don’t, it can cause damage or malfunction at a later date which will make using the pool difficult and costly. There are 10 steps to properly winterizing an above-ground pool that we have outlined below in this article.

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