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Video:How to Close an Above Ground Pool

with Ron Coker, Jr.

It's important to take the proper steps to close your above ground pool before the weather gets too cold. This About.com video will explain what goes into closing an above ground pool.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Close an Above Ground Pool

Hi, I'm Ron Coker, Jr. with Artistic Pools for About.com. We're talking about closing pools.

Clear Out Lines in Above Ground Pool

The time to do all this is pretty much right after the season's done, rather than trying to wait and scramble before the first freeze. In the northern states, it's a different situation, where we have harsh freezing cycles. There, you'll want to lower the water level below the skimmer and return lines. You'll want to plug those lines, blow them out if necessary to prevent freezing in the lines. You want to make sure there's no water in your skimmer throats so there's not any freezing in the skimmers.

Use Pool Pillow When Closing Pool

In the water surface area itself, you'll want to use what's called a pool pillow, which pretty much absorbs the expansion of ice and prevents the tile from cracking. You'll also want to drain out your pool equipment, pulling the plug out of any pumps that you have and also out of the filter. Drain it out so you don't have any frozen equipment.

In-Ground Pools Are Different

Generally, with inground pools, you don't really close it. It runs year-round. You have freeze protection on your pumps, so if the temperature gets down below say 30, 40 degrees, it overrides any programming you may have and kicks the system on so you have moving water in the pipes.

I'm Ron Coker, Jr. with Artistic Pools for About.com.  

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