We would all want to have a swimming pool in our backyards but more often than not, the logistics, the space considerations or the financial burden simply makes this wishful thinking.
A pool is an excellent way to relax and having one on your compound is the ultimate fun activity for the entire family. An above-ground pool is a solution here. Coleman pools are outdoor recreation swimming pools that can be purchased and assembled as above-ground pools.
Coleman pools have been rated top and best of all pools repeatedly and have curried favor with fans of outdoor recreational activities such as swimming. The sturdy build is tried and tested and the ease with which you can install or assemble one has been a lasting selling point with consumers.
When the season is just right, an outdoor pool is the best place to be but once the hot summers are over, the fun and games in the pool must briefly take a pause until the next season comes around.
Pools need maintenance to endure the winter and Coleman above-ground pools are not an exception. The question is whether to leave your pool up or disassemble it and place it in storage.
Can I Leave My Coleman Pool Up In The Winter?
In fact, this is recommended mostly because storing things for months as the winter rages does not always mean things remain in great condition, and in many instances, disassembly and storage can contribute to the deterioration of some items in the long run.
Additionally, the inconvenience associated with having to disassemble your pool every year for a number of months only to assemble it again and repeat the process each and every year is a redundancy that should be avoided if possible.
You can leave your Coleman pool up but certain measures must be taken to guarantee that it remains in tip-top condition awaiting you once summer rolls around. In order for your pool to survive the harsh conditions of the winter, you will need to winterize it before closing it.
How To Winterize My Coleman Pool For The Winter
- Thoroughly clean out the pool by scrubbing the sides of the pool and clearing the floor. You can achieve this by cleaning out any debris that is on the surface of the water and vacuuming out any debris that has sunk to the bottom. This should be done thoroughly.
- Balance the water. Before closing your above-ground pool for the winter you must ensure the water is clean and chemically balanced. This is critical to prevent the contaminated water from ruining your pool by corroding the surfaces and building up scale on the walls and floor of your pool.
- Ensure that you balance the chemical composition of the water to optimal levels.
- Acquire the necessary pool treatment chemicals and treat the water to achieve the following balance.
- Alkalinity: 80 – 120 ppm (parts per million)
- pH: 7.2 – 7.6
- Calcium hardness: 175 – 250 parts per million
- Chlorine concentration: 1 – 3 parts per million
- Err on the side of caution by balancing the numbers on the higher side since the concentrations will go down with time anyway.
- Remove all the deck accessories such as the ladder and any stairs and wash or scrub them down thoroughly. Allow them to dry.
- Pack them away in storage.
- Clean out the skimmer and place a skimmer guard to prevent water from flowing into it and freezing up within it.
- You can also lower the water levels to below the inlets which should protect the skimmer in the same way.
- Add to the water, winterizing chemicals. These are chemicals that will maintain the water in almost pure form during the winter season. They include:
- Pool shock
- Muriatic acid
- Soda ash
- Baking soda
- Winter algaecide
- Stain and scale prevention
- Though they may not be necessary, they will make a huge difference in the water quality that will be in your pool at the end of the winter. If, however, you clean your pool thoroughly and drain pipes exceptionally well then the above chemicals can be skipped.
- Do not drain all the water from your Coleman pool if you do not intend to dismantle it since it may collapse without the outward pressure exerted by the water in it. Instead, allow a substantial amount to drain but leave about a third of the pool’s capacity in place.
- Detach any pipes or hoses that may be feeding into your pool and drain them. These should be stored away.
- Drain pump outlets and filters, allowing the winterizing chemicals or the chemically balanced water to flow through them. This will also help to clean them out better. The cleaner they are the better they can withstand the winter months without freezing temperatures creating ice and frost.
- Inflate an air pillow and secure it in the middle of your pool by tying it to two spots from either end. The air pillow is especially handy in places where snow formation is more aggressive and the pillow pools the ice to form around it more densely relieving the pressure of the expanding ice from the sides of the pool focussing it toward the pillow at the center.
- Finally, you should secure your pool with a pool cover. While many skip this step, it is quite necessary for the safety of children and animals who may have little regard for how dangerous an above-ground pool can be during the winter. Secure the pool by locking the winter cover in place such that children cannot access the pool under any circumstances.
- The cover also helps maintain the integrity of the water in the pool by keeping out any further debris such as falling leaves.
- When water or too much snow rests on top of the cover always remove it before it becomes too heavy and rips the cover of the pool. The cover is quite strong and resistant to tear but it is always best to err on the side of caution since ice and snow can pack considerable weight when it accumulates over time.