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What will happen if your inground pool was not winterized

We recently found out that our inground pool was not winterized properly. We live in Ohio and we have a sand filter. The filter is cracked due to the cold weather. Now we are worried that the pipes underground might have also burst. What is the likelihood that we are in big trouble underground?

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Normally inground pools are not drained for the winter season. Depending on the type of pool cover you have, this will decifer how far you drain the pool water. It is possible for sure that you have a major problem. Hopefully the PVC under the ground did not burst. Who did the winterization? If it is a company who didnt blow out the lines they can be liable. If it was you guys who didnt call anyone to do it then unfortuantely it is on you. There are many ways to check things when it comes time to open the pool. Do not call and hire anyone to pressure test just yet. I say open the pool and get the equipment running. If you have a sand filter that is cracked, you can get the pool equipement running by putting the multiport valve in the recirculation setting. This will bypass the filter. Of course you need a filter for the season but this way you can run the pump and see if you are losing water. If the water level stays the same you very well might be okay underground but make sure that the pump is running properly, not sucking air or you can burn out your motor. If you would liek to call me for do it yourself testing that you can do on your own without a pool company you can call me at 973-558-3636 as I own The Pool Guyz LLC in new jersey. I can talk you through a few things. My name is Jaryd

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You may just have to wait for everything to thaw-out and pressure-test the system. Was it a foreclosed home? Very important that you NOT skimp on getting this checked out before you start filling the pool - you could make it far worse.

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The home was not foreclosed. We have owned it for 5 years but my husband is an only child and his mother passed away in September so we had to go out of the country to arrange her funeral and handle her affairs. We normally close it ourselves but we relied on a neighbor to help us out with the pool while we were out of the country. When we returned, the winter cover was on and it looked like it was all set for the winter. We don't drain the pool when we winterize it and it doesn't look like we have lost any water.
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Well you could very well have a big problem. You will either need to wait till the weather warms up so you can test the equipment yourself and see if anything else had busted, but if I were you I would just have a pool service tech come out and check everything for you now. Now they will probably tell you that you will have to have another company come out to check the underground pipes because they don't do that. f Do not fill the pool until you have checked everything out or you could really cost yourself even more money.

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