Opening A Pool That Has Been Covered For Over 3 Years
by Kaye D.
We are trying to buy a home that has a inground saltwater system pool. The pool has been covered with a quality liner for over 3 years.
The pool does have water in it.
What can we expect when its opened? Will the liner have to be replaced?
Thanks for the question Kaye
Without seeing the pool first-hand it's difficult to say exactly what it looks like, but I can give you an educated opinion.
Pools should be closed as late as possible and re-opened on early as possible. This reduces the amount of algae and sludge build-up. With a pool that has been covered for 3 years, I can say that you're going to have a big issue, especially with a vinyl liner and no water.
My opinion is the liner will need to be replaced. The number one rule of having a vinyl pool is to never drain it. If the water has evaporated, along with the pool being covered (sealed up) during the hot summer months, I can pretty much say the liner is shot.
I'd also look at the filter, motor, and plumbing to be sure they're operable. Once you get a new liner installed it's just a simple matter of balancing the chemicals. That was one of the more enjoyable things I did on my pool route in Arizona. A fresh refill and balance.
I'd expect in Georgia you don't have massively cold Winters so you wouldn't need to worry about the plumbing but it's always best the check everything out.
If you feel your situation is more complex than this, I do phone consultations for $35 per hour. It makes things go much faster and many people have found it extremely beneficial, saving them time and money in the long run. All your questions will be answered. I have nothing to sell you so you know I'm not bias.
Hope this helps.