What to do if snow gets in your above ground pool is a question you may be pondering. We want to encourage you to make it your mission to ensure that snow doesn’t become an issue for your favorite space of relaxation and recreation. Living in Wisconsin, as we do, our winters can be quite severe. With all the snow and ice we experience, an above ground pool that is left unwinterized can receive severe damage. The pool pros at Juniper want to go over the steps you should take to winterize your above ground pool, and how to care for your pool once winter weather sets in. Snow and ice in your above ground pool can have a very negative impact on it and we want to help you protect your investment.
Keep Your Above Ground Pool Covered
You don’t want to spend a minute worrying about whether your above ground pool is adequately protected against our Wisconsin winter. The first step towards that goal is to adequately cover your pool once you have winterized it. Refer to our helpful blog post “How to Winterize an Above Ground Pool in Wisconsin.” The cover should be weighed down and secured to prevent it from being disturbed by wind. In addition to this protective cover, it is a good idea to use air pillows underneath it. Air pillows prevent a solid sheet of ice from forming across the top of the water and make pressure form against the pillow rather than against the walls of the pool. When ice is allowed to form freely (without an air pillow) on the surface of your above ground pool, it expands outward and can damage your cover, liner, and pool walls.
Protect Your Above Ground Pool Cover
Before there is even a hint of snow, falling leaves can cover the top of your above ground pool. There are special leaf nets available that you can place on the cover which are easily removed, leaves and all. Otherwise, you can use a special pool leaf rake to remove the leaves.
Once the snow does begin to fall, you will want to remove it from the surface of your pool cover as soon as possible. Snow is very heavy, and if left to pile up, its weight can pull in the sides of the pool and damage side walls and rails. For light snow, you can use a leaf blower or a telescopic pole with a brush attachment. For heavier buildup, you will need to use a long-handled broom. For snow melt, a pool cover vac is a great investment.
What to do if snow gets in your above ground pool? It isn’t the end of the world if some snow melt gets in, but it could change the water chemistry that you carefully set up when you winterized your pool.
Check Your Above Ground Pool from Time to Time in Winter
You may think you can now sit by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa until spring, but you do still need to check on your above ground pool occasionally. Besides removing any snowfall, you will want to check that the cover is taut, and that the air pillow is in the correct position. These damage control checks won’t take much time, and the effort will be well worth it come spring when your pool is in great shape.
What to do if snow gets in your above ground pool? Try not to let that happen and you will have peace of mind all winter long knowing that your pool is protected. Still have questions? Your friends at Juniper are here to help. Call or come by and consult with Juniper’s pool experts. We can help you with any part of the process.