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Severe Winter Leads to Pool Damage and Repairs

4-11 POOLCHICOPEE/LUDLOW, Mass. (WGGB) — After months of snow and freezing temperatures, you may be dreaming of poolside afternoons.

But, because of the severe winter, you might want to do a reality check on the condition of your pool.

“It’s been a long winter for everybody. With the snow the cold, everything, it probably had a big impact on a lot of their pools,” said Ed Marcoux of Teddy Bear Pools.

As you get ready to open up your pool, you might spot a few small issues, that experts say there are easy fixed for. One of the most common, is rotting here by the skimmer. All you need to fix it, is a steal plate.

“With the winter we had, there was a lot of snow, and with it melting, and it freezing, it will raise the level of the water up, and tear the liner, or an above ground, collapse the pool,” explained Donminque Fradette at Sun Splash Pools and Spas.

That’s one of the bigger issues; snow, pulling on the walls of above ground pools.

Both pool stores say they got a lot of calls over the winter, asking what to do about it.

“If it’s pulling in on the walls, let the cover go into the pool and deal with it in the spring. That way you are not going to damage the walls,” said Marcoux.

In-ground pool owners aren’t off the hook. In fact., things could be a little more tricky for you.

“If you see damage around the concrete or anything like that. That will kind of give you an indication that there is a problem. Other than that, when you open it is really when you find the potential problem,” Fradette notes.

So, that means it’s just about time to start thinking about the opening process, according to Fradette.

“We try to tell all of our customers to call as early as possible because you want to be able to see any potential problems,” he said.

Another problem could be getting your filter started, after a months without use, it might take a little push to get going.

When you do pull the cover off, you’ll want to check it over for holes or rips from this year’s snow and ice. before you put it away for next year.

 

 

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