A seemingly harmless damaged spot in your above-ground swimming pool can turn into a total disaster, and a lot of unnecessary money spent. This is especially likely during the winter time (depending on your location), so to prevent any additional repair costs and time, make sure to take care of proper maintenance for your swimming pool before the cold weather gets to it first. Although it is sometimes inevitable, there are some things you can do to prevent damage to your above-ground swimming pool. Here are a couple of tips to help you make it through those cold times:
• When your pool is being used, make sure to keep a close eye on it and repair damages as they come. Be aware of how your pool should be functioning so you know if it is not doing what it is supposed to do.
• Make sure to store all equipment that accompanies your swimming pool in a dry and safe place, in order to avoid damage to those accessories as well.
• Cover your pool as needed for the winter time. Beware and be ready for the winter’s harsh and bitter cold. Always be prepared!
• Start winterizing your pool during the autumn season. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
• Make sure you have the right chemical mixture as it will be different than that of the summer months.
A huge part of keeping your above-ground pool safe during the winter is having a pool cover on it. The pool cover in itself also comes with a list of maintenance work, such as:
• Make sure that you place your pool cover securely on top of your pool. It should not move at all during the whole winter.
• Remove any water from the top of the cover as it appears.
• Check the water level in your pool occasionally. If the water level is too low, then the pool cover will start to sink in, which can eventually cause damage not only to the cover, but also to the pool.
These preparatory steps can be time-consuming, but they are, without a doubt, worth every second. If the necessary precautions listed above are not taken, winter is likely to do some damage on your above-ground swimming pool. Unfortunately, you cannot control the weather and if you are not careful, there are some things that come along with the cold, such as:
• Ice building up and causing cracks and tears on the inside of your pool.
• Indents and cracks on the pool wall.
• Cracks on the pool accessories that have not been stored in a dry place during the cold weather.
As with everything, the more you take care of your pool, the less damage you will wind up with. But when damage does occur, repair the problem quickly, so you don’t wind up dishing out more money than necessary. Be prepared, but if the cold weather wins, take action as soon as possible.