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. However, it’s not the entire solution. Having a properly fitted and anchored pool cover is the first step in keeping the damaging snow and ice out of your pool. You need to also stay on top of clearing the snow as it accumulates over the winter months. If it gets too heavy for the cover, the cover may become damaged and start leaking into the pool. The damage may not be discovered until spring and, at that point, it may be too late to save your liner.
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, but you need to be committed to removing excess precipitation from your winter pool cover as it presents itself.
Snow inevitably accumulates on the cover over the winter and sometimes melts along the way. Pumps help keep the water from building up and weighing down the cover (potentially finding a way into your pool). You don’t want snow and water seeping under your pool’s cover. The additional precipitation is often corrosive to both the pool walls and the metal surfaces.
During the swimming season, you work hard to maintain your pool’s ideal chemical levels. Pollution in the air makes snow and rain more acidic, which can be very damaging to your pool’s surfaces. There are often other contaminants in the snow that are potentially harmful to your pool as well. This is why it is so important to protect your pool from snow over the winter.
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.