How should I prep my above-ground pool for a period of disuse?
July 13, 2010 5:41 AM Subscribe
Can I let my (full, covered) above-ground pool go a few years without opening or swimming in it? Will the pool still be OK should I wish to reopen and use it at some point in the future?
posted by Bardolph to home & garden (6 answers total)
Our house came with a medium-sized pool that I'd like to put on temporary (2-3-year) hiatus. It has a cover on it currently, and has already gone at least two summers without being used.
I'm assuming the owners did the standard winterizing before they shut up the pool the last time, and wondering if it's likely to be OK in this state for a few more years, or if there's some other maintenance/storage procedure that I should be performing to make sure the pool, liner and filter machinery hold up during a long hibernation. For instance, some family members assert that the portion of the liner above the waterline needs to be wet down periodically to keep from cracking (although this seems unlikely to me). Should I be hosing the pool down periodically? Shocking it? Half-draining it? Putting some sort of super-duper extra-strength cover on top?
So far, Google hasn't turned up anything of use. Has anyone successfully done this with their pool? If so, how?