Summertime is coming to an end with the arrival of fall and the promise of cooler temps. As you prepare for the cold months ahead, it is time to prep your pool for winter. Here’s what you need to know before draining pool liners on inground pools.

How It Works

Inground swimming pools offer a wonderful place to enjoy the warm weather in the comfort and convenience of your backyard. Lining it with vinyl is a common way to seal the pool, add style and enjoy a comfortable swim. The liner is held into place by the water filling the pool. Removing that water can cause a host of problems for the liner.

Why Avoid Draining

While you may think the best thing to do to prepare for winter is to drain the pool, a vinyl-lined pool should not be drained under regular circumstances. Since the water secures it to the pool, draining it can cause the liner to lose elasticity. The liner can shrink causing tears and rips upon refilling. Older material can turn brittle and hard without the water holding it in place. One of the worst possibilities is that the pool wall can collapse without the liner held in place.

How to Repair

There are times when you do need to drain the pool with a vinyl liner, but that is only when you are ready to replace an old, brittle, broken one with a fresh liner. A professional can properly fit the liner and do any pool repairs necessary at the same time. For a simple repair of a small hole or crack, repair kits are usually designed to work under the water allowing you to keep the water holding the liner against the walls.

Avoid draining pool water on inground pools with vinyl liners. The problems draining the pool can cause are not worth the headache unless you have plans for a full replacement. Extend the life of your liner by keeping the water in even as the temps drop.

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