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How to Winterize a Kayak Above Ground Swimming Pool

By Andre Zollars
To keep your above ground pool sparkling clean, winterize it properly.
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Winterizing your Kayak above ground swimming pool can be done by following a few simple procedures. It's important to do this to protect and prolong the life of the pool, especially in a climate where freezing water is a concern.

Ensure the water is clean, clear and chemically balanced. This will protect the pool from corroding over the course of the winter.

Remove any deck equipment, including railing and ladders.

Clean the walls and sides, and thoroughly vacuum the pool to get out all debris, which could stain the sides while covered.

Add winter chemicals--shock and winter algaecide--and run the filter until the chemicals are fully dissolved.

Remove and clean the filter, chlorinator, skimmer and pump basket. Backwash the sand filter, if you have one.

Lower the water level below the return line where the water enters the pool. Do not lower water beyond this point or the pool could collapse.

Remove any exterior, detachable hoses and drain both the pump and filter. Store in a clean, dry place.

For a Kayak pool, refer to backyardcitypools.com/maintenance/Above-Ground-Winterizing-Instructions.htm for step-by-step instructions and diagrams on how to disassemble the pump and filter.

Cover the pool and any exterior exposed components to ensure water cannot enter.


Things You Will Need

  • Plastic or cloth pool cover
  • Winter chemicals


  • Be sure to follow carefully all the instructions when mixing chemicals.

About the Author


Andre Zollars started writing in 1999, when she worked in the editorial department at "The Missoulian." She has been published in "Endovascular Today," "High Country Angler," "Outside Bozeman" and "Western Ag Reporter." She also has written for online magazines New West, Hunting and Fishing USA. Zollars holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of Washington.