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Can my in ground pool be empty in the winter?

I live in Cleveland, Ohio and have a vinyl lined in ground pool. It is 18 X 36 and anywhere from 3 feet deep to 10-12 feet in the deep end. Can we drain the pool and have it empty during the winter time? I have heard that pool walls may collapse if it was empty. Is this true? We plan on emptying and starting fresh in the next season, just curious if we could empty it now.

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in ground pools should never be fully drained for long periods of time, especially in the winter... you can drain them for maintenance when needed... the water in the pool provides pressure against the walls... i have seen in ground pools that were very well built stand the test of time and been drained and refilled... that's not the typical result though... you should maintain no less than half your normal water level through the cold months to stave off damage from weather

not a good idea...

when you empty the pool, there's no pressure pushing outward against the walls of the pool as the surrounding ground shifts and pushes inward... especially if you live in a region that experiences a lot of rain or has a lot of earthquake activity...

without water in the pool, the chance of it experiencing a awesome deal of damage is very high...

one question... well, why are you wanting to "start over" by draining the pool? there was a time when "experts" recommended that, but with today's chemical treatments and procedures, that has become an unnecessary and expensive tactic...

respond to my post about your reasoning and i shall try to help you... i've been cleaning pools since i was 10-years-old and know a lot about upkeep... i live in los angles where every other house has a pool...

not a good idea...

when you empty the pool, there's no pressure pushing outward against the walls of the pool as the surrounding ground shifts and pushes inward... especially if you live in a region that experiences a lot of rain or has a lot of earthquake activity...

without water in the pool, the chance of it experiencing a awesome deal of damage is very high...

one question... well, why are you wanting to "start over" by draining the pool? there was a time when "experts" recommended that, but with today's chemical treatments and procedures, that has become an unnecessary and expensive tactic...

respond to my post about your reasoning and i shall try to help you... i've been cleaning pools since i was 10-years-old and know a lot about upkeep... i live in los angles where every other house has a pool...

not a good idea...

when you empty the pool, there's no pressure pushing outward against the walls of the pool as the surrounding ground shifts and pushes inward... especially if you live in a region that experiences a lot of rain or has a lot of earthquake activity...

without water in the pool, the chance of it experiencing a awesome deal of damage is very high...

one question... well, why are you wanting to "start over" by draining the pool? there was a time when "experts" recommended that, but with today's chemical treatments and procedures, that has become an unnecessary and expensive tactic...

respond to my post about your reasoning and i shall try to help you... i've been cleaning pools since i was 10-years-old and know a lot about upkeep... i live in los angles where every other house has a pool...

No

as already said that would be unwise... well, why drain it? with good chemical conditioning and filtering the water should be drinkable...

as already said that would be unwise......... well, why drain it? with good chemical conditioning and filtering the water should be drinkable.........

yeah that is true if you empty the pool the walls could collapse... it is the same as an above ground pool... it ruins the lining of the pool and as a result of taking the water out you may have to get a whole new pool... the thing to do for winter is just to put a cover over the pool... then when you go to open your pool again shock it ... go to a pool supply store they should have the shock treatment there... just ask one of the employees and they shall tell you how much and how to bring your pool back to life...

When I lived in America. IL. I use to take & put in 1/2 gal. plastic bleach bottle with a heavy weight tide to them so just below the surface. When it froze this crushed the bottles. But no pool damage. I knew another there who had a 24 inch by 4 foot plastic pipe capped off both ends. 1/3 concrete in it on the bottom laying flat. This when the water froze would raise on top of the ice allowing for expasion Sink back down as ice melted.

Yes that is true if you empty the pool the walls could collapse. It is the same as an above ground pool. It ruins the lining of the pool and as a result of taking the water out you may have to get a whole new pool. The thing to do for winter is just to put a cover over the pool. Then when you go to open your pool again shock it . Go to a pool supply store they should have the shock treatment there. Just ask one of the employees and they will tell you how much and how to bring your pool back to life.