Winter Can Wreak Havoc On An Above Ground Pool

by Pool Builders on 03-25-2011 in Articles

If you live in an area of the country that experiences deep freezes, ice and snow you know that winter can cause all sorts of damage to an above ground swimming pool. You will need to take precautions and spend some time winterizing your swimming pool to help prevent damage.

Some of the damage that winter can cause to your pool include:

  • Your equipment can get broken or cracked if you haven't removed or properly stored it during the winter. Pumps and filters and other equipment should be stored in a safe dry area fur the winter months
  • The weight of ice and snow could cause the walls to cave or cause cracks to the pools' structure impairing its integrity
  • If you don't keep up with ice build-up, it could rip, puncture or tear the liner

Even if it's the depths of winter you don't want to ignore damage that is occurring to your swimming pool. If at all possible you should address repairs as soon as you notice they are needed. A small damaged area can quickly spread with the stress and strain that the winter months put on a swimming pool and a small problem will inevitably turn into a large problem if let unresolved.

Depending on the area of the country in which you live, helping your pool weather the winter is unavoidable. There are some things that can be done to help your pool survive mother nature's onslaught and once summer rolls around again, you should be able to open the pool and hop back in for summertime fun.

  • Before you open your pool for the season - or have your pool maintenance professional open the pool-make a note of any damage you noticed during the winter months
  • Prior to winter settling in, make sure you've taken the time to properly winterize and cover your pool to withstand the season. Many pool owners make the decision to have a swimming pool professional do the winterizing of the pool to make sure it's well prepared for the storms to come
  • Any pool equipment that should be removed and drained should then be stored in a dry secure place until the next season

Remember, prevention is the best way to address any problems that may arise with your swimming pool during the long, cold winter months. You and your family don't want to miss any precious amount of time in the pool because of major repairs that need to be undertaken.

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