INGROUND POOL THAT DID NOT GET WINTERIZED

WE PURCHASED A FORE-CLOSED HOME W/INGROUND POOL IN 2008. IT WAS WINTERIZED IN MARCH 2008, BUT HAD GONE THRU THAT PREVIOUS WINTER WITHOUT BEING WINTERIZED.


IT WAS COVERED WITH A FITTED POOL COVER. WOULD THE POOL HAVE SUFFERED DAMAGE?

IF SO, WHAT WOULD REPAIR ENTAIL?

THANK YOU.




Thanks for the question

I will assume from the question that the pool was not winterized in 2007, it was in 2008, and has not been opened since then, for 4 years.

The possible damage depends on many factors, one of them being if you have any hard freezes in your area. Without knowing where you're located, I can only guess.

2nd I will assume that the filter and pump were not taken apart and stored correctly. If water was left in the filter and pump this can cause them to crack and break. Without knowing the kind of pump or filter, whether DE, sand, or cartridge, it would be hard give an estimate.

Then you have the possibility of the pipes freezing, thus causing them to expand and break. With an inground pool, this could be a very extensive and expensive search and repair.

I can assume the water is green and mucky. This can cause staining on the pool surface. Without knowing the kind of pool surface, plaster, fiberglass, pebble tec, etc... it hard to give you an estimate. You would need to drain the pool, clean the pool surface, then refill with fresh water and balance the chemicals again.

The questions asks if the pool has suffered any damage and if so, what would the repair be. Again, with the limited amount of information, there's only guessing on my part. I would need to know the size of the pool and if the lines and/or filter and pump are working or not. Then there's the draining, clean-up, and refill and chemicals.

A Hayward Pro-Series S244T 24-Inch Top-Mount Sand Filter with 1-1/2-Inch Vari-Flo Valve for In-ground Pools is about $280. This is for a 20,000 gallon pool. A Hayward Super Pump can run between $200 - $450. Then there's the cost of removal and installation.

A rough figure would be between $2000 - $5000 for a complete overhaul, but this might be conservative, depending on your particular circumstances.

To post a reply, or if you have a similar question, you can see your post on the Q&A page in the "Closing/Winterize A Pool" category.

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Hope this helps.

Robert

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Do a pool in South Carolina really needs to be closed
by: Jaki

I live in Columbia SC with a inground pool. I do winterizd and close my pool but if it don't get to a freezing point weather wise do I really need to close the pool? Why I can't just continue treatments as usual to prevent algea build up?




Hi Jacki. You don't need to close your pool if it doesn't freeze over for weeks at a time like Wisconsin or Minnesota. Even if it does get to around 30 degrees at night, the day time temps will be higher.

If there's no chance of the pipes freezing solid, there's no reason to close the pool. Maintain the pool as usual.

Robert

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Winterizing A Pool

by Asya Caldwell
(Brentwood, MD)

Is there a way to prevent water from standing on top of the pool cover for an above ground 15'42 round pool?

And if not how do you deal with it when u want to open it back up?




Thanks for the question Asya

I have answered similar questions that can be found here:

Frustrated With My Above Ground Pool Cover

Above Ground Swimming Pool Cover

The short answer is this. I'm not aware of any true solid or hard pool covers for above ground pools. Most of them will sag, unless a pillow or two are used.

DuckBack Inflatable Pool Covers are known to be pretty good and Inflatable Pool Domes by Ameri-Brand Products Inc. and Just Pool Domes.

You can look into on-ground safety pool covers, Supreme Solid 3000 Aboveground Winter Covers with Drain Panel from SPP (Specialty Pool Products), and Solid Winter Pool Covers from Pool Parts online.com.

To post a reply, or if you have a similar question, you can see your post on the Q&A page in the "Pool Covers" category.

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Pool Closing and Fill In

by Jim
(Thornhill, Ontario, Canada)

I have a pool which I am having buried in October. It would appear I have a leak somewhere and it is sometimes impossible to prime.

I would really like to just have the pool sit there for the next 3-4 months. I would put a solar cover on it and maybe just put some chlorine in periodically. Is that doable? I really don't want to spend a lot of money just for the next 2-3 months of use.




Thanks for the question Jim

Anything is doable, but here are some things to consider.

I will assume the pool is an inground pool. Concerning the leak, the water level will continue to go down until it reaches the source and height of the leak. It could be the skimmer, the light (if it has one) or possibly the bottom drain.

Without filtration and have the chemicals properly balanced there's a high chance the pool will go green. Adding the occasional chlorine will, in the big picture, really do nothing unless the other chemical parameters are met.

Then you have the possibility of breeding mosquitoes due to the stagnant water.

I understand your situation. I've received a few questions about this very subject. Pool owners wanting to leave the pool and fill it in at a later date. The swimming pool is similar to a living organism. If you leave it alone for a period of time and don't take care of it, it will die. If you turn the pump and filter off and simply add the occasional chlorine, the water will evaporate and the pool will go green.

What you're asking is doable, but just be prepared for the above.

To post a reply, or if you have a similar question, you can see your post on the Q&A page in the "Closing/Winterize A Pool" category.

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POOL FILLS AFTER CLOSING

by Greg
(Illinois)

WHY WOULD OUR CEMENT INGROUND POOL FILL BACK UP AFTER CLOSING? I DRAINED THE WATER ABOUT 4 INCHES BELOW THE JETS AND A COMPANY CAME ON SEPT 22ND AND CLOSED IT.

TODAY THE 10TH OF FEB, I NOTICED THAT THE COVER SEEMED TO HAVE A BUBBLE IN IT AND I WENT DOWN TO THE POOL AND IT IS FULL OF WATER AGAIN!

WHY? DOES IT MEAN A LEAK?




Thanks for the question Greg. If you would like to ask another question or reply to this one please turn the CAPS off. It's easier to read.

This is a fairly common issue, though not desirable. During closing you want redundancy, or back-ups in case something goes wrong.

What I mean is this. Lower the water level below the jets and plug them, put the gizmo in the skimmer, and in some cases, use non-toxic antifreeze. If the water level goes up you've plugged the returns and still have the gizmo in place. If those fails you have the antifreeze.

Pool in places with hard freezes, snow, and lots of rain during the Fall, Winter, and Spring months will fill with water. You can get a submersible pump to lower the water if you can. The water gets into the pool under the pool cover.

Occasionally things go wrong but many people use similar closing approaches and never have any problems.

Normally with a leak or a crack in the inground plumbing you will have water loss but can occasionally have an increase in pool water if the water table is very high. The water will try to equalize itself out and the pool can fill with ground water. This can happen with hydrostatic valves.

If you haven't had much rain or snow and the pool is filled, there might be a chance you have an underground leak, but I wouldn't jump to that conclusion first. If you can, drain the pool down below the returns and be sure everything else mentioned is in place. Notice the amount of rain or snow you get. And be sure the cover is on correctly.

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