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Thread: Freezing Pool

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    Freezing Pool

    For those of us that decide to keep their above gound pool up during the winter months. How does freezing water affect the liner/pool. Does the exspansion stretch the liner or hurt the poles?

    I'm deployed to Kuwait and it really is too much for my wife to take it down by herself.

    She knows to drain the water below the return holes and to disconnect all the pumps and move inside.

    We are just worried about the possiblity of the freezing water doing damage to the pool.

    Thank you in advance for your help.

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    Re: Freezing Pool

    Not that I have seen on the two intex pools I have observed over the last three winters.
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    Re: Freezing Pool

    I've been in my house almost 4 years and we moved in during the middle of winter. Pool was full and frozen that year, and each year since has been a block of ice at one time or another. No issues yet.
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    Re: Freezing Pool

    As freezing water expands, it will take the path of least resistance. Draining at least 6" below the lowest return/skimmer opening leaves plenty of head space for the water to expand more upward than outward. When I was a kid, many friends/relatives that live up north had AG pools that they left up all winter. While the vinyl liners had to be replaced periodically as part of normal wear & tear, the basic structure lasted at least until we all went to college - maybe even longer but I lost track at that point.
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    Re: Freezing Pool

    Thank you all for your reply. They all helped build my confidence.

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    Re: Freezing Pool

    Sgt - I am also thinking of leaving my intext ultra frame up - let me know what you come up with for plugs for your inlet and outlet holes.

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    Re: Freezing Pool

    Quote Originally Posted by bper1234
    Sgt - I am also thinking of leaving my intext ultra frame up - let me know what you come up with for plugs for your inlet and outlet holes.

    Roger that!

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