Is Winterizing Your Above-Ground Lower Mainland Pool Necessary
Now that we are well into the fall season on the Lower Mainland, you may be wondering if winterizing an above-ground pool is absolutely necessary. The answer is “no,” but there are some things to be aware of if you choose not to winterize it.
The reason we winterize pools is to prevent the damage caused by frozen water. Frozen water in pipes can burst pipes because water expands when it freezes. Similarly frozen water in your equipment like filters can damage them beyond repair.
Also, be aware that an above-ground pool will freeze faster than an in-ground pool because the in-ground pool has more insulation which slows the temperature drop.
It is expensive to heat a pool in the winter because you would normally be raising the temperature many more degrees than is necessary in summer. And if you want to keep your pool from freezing, then you will likely need to run your heater for most of the winter.
Of course, if you are one of those rare people who enjoys cold water swimming, then as long as you keep your pool water temperature a few degrees above freezing, you will not risk damaging your pipes.
The conclusion here is that you should definitely winterize your pool if you are not going to use it—to prevent damage to the pool. If you want to use the pool, then be vigilant about keeping the temperature of the water well above freezing, and be prepared for the energy costs associated with that temperature you will need.
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