An above ground pool is a substantial home investment and it requires ongoing maintenance, even when the area is not in use. Winter weather can take its toll on the pool, with ice and snow causing damage that is expensive and difficult or even impossible to repair. To prevent this investment from becoming a losing one, follow these steps to avoid winter damage to your pool.
Problem: If snow is not removed from the surface of the pool cover following a snowstorm, the pool can collapse. Ice formations can build up on top of the pool and when snow is added to the top, a huge amount of pressure may be created and split the pool liner.
If the liner splits, water drains from the bottom of the pool. Accumulated ice can then settle at a lower level within the pool, sinking the cover, even if this is secured to the railing. In fact, a secured cover can create even more damage by pulling in the sides of the pool as the tarp is pulled down by the settling ice.
Once the liner tears and pulls in the sides of the pool, the sheet metal structure itself can twist and bend. The base can actually fold from the pressure. All of this renders the pool unrepairable and the unit must be removed due to being unsafe.
Step 1: To prevent this from happening, regularly remove snow from the surface of your pool cover. Lightly broom or rake the snow off the cover immediately after a snowstorm. Allowing the snow to sit gives it time to freeze or thaw, which makes it more difficult to remove.
Step 2: Rather than using a wire cord to attach the cover to the top edge of the pool, use small lines attached to containers of water. This allows the pool cover to drop down if the lining breaks, rather than pulling in the sides of the pool.