Summer Waves - 14 ×48 (Can't Winterize??)

Ebburns

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Jun 28, 2020
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Ohio
I made the jump this year from an easy set pool to this Summer Waves 14 ft. in plans to upgrade when needed again (2/3 yrs) and am hoping to prepare (level) my pool area ONCE. I realize I'll have to touch it up a bit. I will probably just go to 16 foot next time nothing too large.

However, I just started reading the manual last night and it states that I cannot leave this thing up!! That I have to take it down for the winter since we get below freezing here in Southern Ohio. I was so devastated! This purchase was one that I researched hours to make and obviously didn't research enough.

My question: Aren't there loads if people on here that keep there metal framed pools up?? Isn't that a thing? The ground will probably all have to be redone next year if I have to take it out this winter. Help! I'm only trying for 2/3 summers isn't it possible?

My next question is what's best to have down around the pool for covering the ground to best make the jump from 14 ft to say 16 foot later?

Thanks for any help. I'm freaking out because you can't find pools anywhere? And The Pool Factory are all basically regular price now.
 

zea3

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There are people here who leave the pools up year round in northern climates. Does yours have the combo skimmer and pump?
As far as prep goes level out a 18 foot area spray it down well with nutgrass killer. Set your pavers flush with the level ground and cover it all with a tarp.
 

jseyfert3

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My Intex said not to leave it up, but I read on here a lot did. I think they say that for liability, if something happens due to ice they don’t have to cover it because they said not to leave it up.

Here is my 26’ Intex in January
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And here it is Saturday as I started cleaning, filling, and hooking up the pump to get it going for the season.
full


You have to drain below all openings then remove all hoses and drain the filter and put the pump and filter inside for the winter where they won’t freeze. But many here have had good luck leaving it up all winter.
 
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Ebburns

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Jun 28, 2020
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Ohio
There are people here who leave the pools up year round in northern climates. Does yours have the combo skimmer and pump?
As far as prep goes level out a 18 foot area spray it down well with nutgrass killer. Set your pavers flush with the level ground and cover it all with a tarp.
Mine does have the combo skimmer/pump that installs on the wall of the pool. I'm very nervous about that set up because I always had a hard time loosening to top off my other one that sat on the ground to clean the cartridge daily.

Now the installation manual doesn't say to add pavers. I've got a bit of a hill I have to dig into further now with this pool being bigger. Maybe down 12 inches but this pool can't be backfilled so I was going to regrade as best as I could fanning it out and down prior to low flat spot.. But with this whole thing I wonder if I should just pull the trigger on the Saltwater 5000 and it allows backfill and then I'm done hopefully for 15/20 years o hope. It's gonna be like 2-3k more ugh...
 

Ebburns

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Jun 28, 2020
27
Ohio
My Intex said not to leave it up, but I read on here a lot did. I think they say that for liability, if something happens due to ice they don’t have to cover it because they said not to leave it up.

Here is my 26’ Intex in January
full


And here it is Saturday as I started cleaning, filling, and hooking up the pump to get it going for the season.
full


You have to drain below all openings then remove all hoses and drain the filter and put the pump and filter inside for the winter where they won’t freeze. But many here have had good luck leaving it up all winter.
Thank you for that! I just might take the risk!!
 

Ebburns

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Jun 28, 2020
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Ohio
I wouldn’t sweat it. Leave it up all year shouldn’t be an issue, especially if you are only looking to get 2 or 3 years out of it.
Honestly, the more you take it down and store, the more likely you are to see pin holes develop where there were corner folds.
Yeah that makes a lot more sense with folding it for storing! Thank you!
 

Mdragger88

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I had a summer waves w/ the skimmer & left it up for multiple winters (winterized) - it came with basically a fish tank bubbler for the pump- you can remove that & the terrible filter & put the round plate that comes with it to seal the hole. Then get u a decent sized intex pump & sand filter (or other brand) There are several here who have done this. Also several YouTube videos on the subject.
 

Woodstock1234

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Aug 4, 2020
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I have an Intex and I left it up this past winter. There is no way I am taking that thing down every year. I also didn't put it on pavers (I know, shame on me).
It seems to have survived though. Even my pillow is still inflated! I have a bit of pumping out to do.
 

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