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While your above ground pool is the most amazing feature of your home in the summer, when wintertime hits, it can become a burden. Combine the freezing temperatures with the increase in precipitation and you can experience immense above ground pool damage that can be costly to repair. Here is close look at the types of pool damage that can happen in the winter, as well as a review of how to prevent this damage, and what you need to do if any of it occurs.

Pool Ice Damage and Other Winter Pool Problems

Whether caused by ice buildup, harsh winds or freezing temperatures, there are many types of above ground pool damage you should be aware of:

  • Pool Ice Damage – The most common cause of damage is ice. When it rains or snows, the liquid becomes ice, which becomes very heavy and expands. Some types of pool ice damage include cracks, punctures, or tears in the pool walls due to ice expansion, or broken pool equipment or parts due to freezing temperatures.
  • Pool Collapse – An above ground pool collapse is often caused by the results of ice damage, but it can also happen when there is too much snow accumulated on top of the pool and the frame cannot handle the weight.

How to Prevent Above Ground Pool Damage

If you do not want to have to deal with any of the aforementioned above ground pool damage, your best course of action is to take the appropriate steps before the freezing temps hit. This includes:

  • Properly Close Down your Above Ground Pool – Shutting down your pool for the season is a multi-step process that may include installing a face plate over your skimmer. If you don’t have a face plate (or aquadoor) you will have to lower the water level below the skimmer, put a winter cap over your return jet, remove ladders or stairs you have in your pool, and add chemicals to the water to prevent growth. Visit our article on “How to Close Above Ground Pools” for more information.
  • Effectively Cover Your Above Ground Pool – Make sure you have a strong enough cover installed on your above ground pool, and ensure it is attached properly. Take the time to clean off the cover after any snowfall so it doesn’t get too heavy.

Winter Tips for Above Ground Pool Owners:

If an above ground pool shows any sign of buckle to it’s walls or top rail, the most important thing to do is to release the cable on the above ground pool cover and allow the cover to fall into the pool. Doing so can help prevent further damage.

The next step would be to call us to schedule an appointment to assess the damage and recommend a course of action. A compromised pool isn't a safe pool.

Note: If the damage is severe and caused from a tree we recommend notifying your insurance company, as it may be covered under your policy for replacement. Call us at 860-289-1826 if you need a written quote for insurance purposes.

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