Does Snow Affect My Swimming Pool?

Does Snow Affect My Swimming Pool
Everyone loves the carefree feel of summertime and no one enjoys this laidback lifestyle more than pool owners. Of course, if you live in a cooler climate, the easy going days eventually come to an end and you have to think about winter pool care. This planning is especially important in areas that get snow. So, if you’ve been asking yourself, “does snow affect my swimming pool?” we have answers for you.

Snow in a Vinyl Liner Pool

Vinyl liner pools are susceptible to tearing of the liner. If you assume that the soft, fluffy snow falling from the sky isn’t much of a threat to your pool, you should probably think again. That snow can soon solidify into hard chunks or even become ice.  The ice can quite easily cause damage to the pool liner, especially when the frozen ground around the pool is expanding from the cold. Ice that forms on the inside of the pool pushes the pool out while the ground is pushing in. This push from both sides often leads to cracks in the liner. Winterizing your pool once the temperatures begin to drop is a key element in protecting your vinyl liner pool from snow and ice damage. To protect your pool from snow-related damage, it is important to be proactive.  Your pool cover should be tightly secured over the opening of your swimming pool to keep snow and snowmelt out as much as possible.  Another thing you could try, if snow accumulates at the outer edge of your pool and cover, brush or sweep snow away to avoid snowmelt from collecting around the edge and seeping through.  Only for those in the outside edges, though, as we don’t recommend trying to take snow out from the actual pool cover. With these simple steps, you can ensure that snow won’t have a detrimental effect on your pool during this season.

Snow in a Gunite Pool

Gunite pools are extremely durable, but they need winter care too. Winterizing your pool is your first line of defense against snow and ice damage, followed by making sure that you have a high quality, strong pool cover. During the swimming season, you work hard to maintain your pool’s ideal chemical levels. Snow inevitably accumulates on the cover over the winter and sometimes melts along the way.  Therefore the best you could do to stop it from messing with your pool is by having a top quality pool cover. Additionally, you could clear snow that surrounds your pool.  While swimming pools do come with some maintenance, we can assure you that the enjoyment you get out of a pool from Fronheiser Pools is well worth the seasonal work. If you find yourself asking “does snow affect my swimming pool?” or, if you’re ready to create the backyard of your dreams, we’re here to bring your vision to life.  Fronheiser Pools has been building pools for more than 50 years. Get in touch to find to learn more about our design options, or to answer any questions about winter weather pool care.
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