Above Ground Pool Wall Buckling
(Ottawa, On, Canada)
Pool Wall Damage Around Skimmer
I've noticed that my pool has buckled a bit at the back. I'm not sure what caused it - could it be that not enough water was drained before the winter?
Is this problem a fixable one. We went to a pool store and they recommended replacing the entire pool. Obviously, this is not a good situation, thanks for any advice you might be able to give.
Hi Scott. Thanks for sending the photo, it helps me a lot in giving advise and helps others understand better what we are taking about.
If the liner is going to be replace the repairs to the side wall are easy. Once the pool has been emptied remove the skimmer and return. When the old liner is out the wall can be hammered back into shape with a piece of 2x4 on one side and a hammer on the other. Above ground pool side walls are very easy to straighten out. You would not believe some of the messes I have straightened out and reused.
Making the repairs, and keeping the liner you now have, is possible also. It looks like a lot of that could be pushed out with two people, on opposite sides of the wall, pushing and poking with just your hands. You should at least be able to get it back into shape enough to get you by until you are ready for a new liner.
It is also possible to lower the water to about six inches
below the skimmer. You could take off about four top rails, caps rods and coping, and pull the liner back. With someone holding the liner out of the way, and up and out of the water, the wall could be hammered back into shape. The liner could then be reset. You would need to remove the skimmer and return to do this. The only problem you might have is realigning the skimmer holes. If the liner is within a few years old, and still pliable, this should not be a problem. Older liners may shrink just enough, and not be pliable, so that realigning the holes becomes impossible.
Since there is no evidence in your photo of any real damage to the pool or the liner I would not be to concerned at this time. It is possible for the wall to have pulled out from the rod, under the top rails, so this should be checked. If so, the wall can usually be worked back into the rod, enough to hold the coping on and be safe. I would then leave the pool the way it is until I would get in it and try pushing the wall into a little better shape.
The liner is not being damaged, so as long as the crease going into the skimmer is not causing it to leak, I see know reason why the pool can not be used the way it is.
Scott, it could be worse. Dented Above Ground Pool
This page might help also. Buckled Sidewall