Ice can wreak absolute havoc on your above ground pool, there’s no doubt about it. And, even if you’ve never experienced the issue in the past, that doesn’t mean it can’t happen to you at any point in the future (unfortunately). That’s why it’s so very important to follow some basic rules when it comes to winter weather and your above ground pool. Ice doesn’t care one bit about the credentials of those that installed your pool – it will do its best to collapse any above ground pool in their path. With that in mind, here are a couple of tips to keep your above ground pool safe while the frigid weather does its best to freeze everything in sight!
First things first – during the fall months, make sure to remove any excess water that’s taken up residence on your pool cover. This can be accomplished with an electric pool cover pump. Also, do your best to keep leaves and other debris from collecting on the cover, as it only adds unnecessary weight. These extra pounds can cause water to be displaced and, in turn, be replaced by non-chemically treated water which will eventually cause damage.
Speaking of water – during the winter months, water displacement is a huge area of concern. Do your best to keep an eye on the water level, especially prior to a heavy snowfall. Take a peek under the cover and check the water level – if it’s lower than it was when you closed your pool, you’ll want to do a bit of snow removal. Remember – never, add water to a frozen pool.
Another “never” in regards to above ground pools – never touch a frozen pool! An exception to this would be if a large amount of snow happens to find its way onto your pool – clearing it off while the pool is frozen may be a bit easier. However, do NOT walk on top of the ice; instead, use a roof rake to gently pull the snow off the top.
When it comes to the cover for your above ground pool – keeping the amount of snow and ice that collects on it to a minimum will help keep the cover from becoming stretched out.
Hopefully these tips can help you enjoy the winter weather without watching it cause damage to your above ground pool. If pool maintenance (be it in the summer or winter) just isn’t your “thing” – no worries! Why? Because, here at Bonsall Pool and Spa in Lincoln, Nebraska, it is our “thing”…give us a call and let us know how we can be of help to you.