With fall quickly slipping away, our thoughts turn towards the upcoming winter and how to prepare before that first frost hits. One of the biggest items on that list for homeowners with pools is winterizing them. But before you begin closing down your pool this fall, there are a few repairs you should look for first in order to prevent bigger issues from arising when you re-open your pool in the spring.
Here are the 6 repairs to look for when closing down your pool:
1. White stains on pool equipment
When chlorinated water leaks, and then dries, it leaves behind a white and chalky residue. If you see these stains on the side of your filter or pump, that means there is an active leak, even if no water is present.
Leaking water can cause energy loss and an overall decrease in your pool’s efficiency and water circulation. If you do not deal with it, a leak could eventually cause your pool’s pump, filter or heater to fail.
2. Check for rust
You should be periodically checking the metal components of your pool for rust, but if you have not been staying on top of it, now is definitely the time to take a closer look. A common place for rust to develop is around your skimmer, so inspect it thoroughly. If you find a small amount of rust, use a wire brush to remove it and then apply a coat of enamel primer followed by a coat of matching anti-rust enamel paint. If you find a lot of rust or it does not come off easily, consult a professional. Rust can cause bigger problems like leaks if left alone, so best to take care of it right away.
3. Cracks in your skimmer
While you are inspecting your skimmer for rust, also keep an eye out for cracks. Cracks in your skimmer are a common source of leaks in your pool. A small crack can get much bigger if left over the winter and exposed to extreme temperatures or movements in the ground. If you do find a small crack, you should be able to patch it on your own. But if the crack is a major one, it is time to call a professional pool repair company.
4. Leaks in your pool
Speaking of leaks, you should definitely inspect the surface of your pool for any other cracks or leaks. If you can’t see any visible signs of damage, get to know the best methods for detecting a leak.
Structural damage can occur if a leak goes undetected over the winter. Undetected leaks can lead to a very expensive repair bill in the spring, so make sure you are as confident as possible that there are no leaks.
5. Cracks in your pool deck
If you have a concrete pool deck it is also important to inspect it for any cracks. Cracks in your deck usually occur when there is water present and could be a sign that your pool’s plumbing is leaking, so it is best to get it inspected by a professional sooner rather than later.
Cracks in your deck can also allow water to get in and cause damage to the plumbing and support structure of your pool. If you are confident that the problem is not coming from underground, fill in your cracks with grout or mortar.
6. Damages to your coping or tiles
The edge of your pool, or more specifically the coping, prevents water from getting behind the pool’s shell or lining, which can lead to damage – and costly repairs. If you notice cracks or missing tiles around the edge of your pool, do not let this problem sit over the winter, as freezing temperatures can exacerbate the problem.
If you notice any of these issues while closing down your pool this fall, contact a professional Vancouver pool contractor to schedule a repair or full renovation (depending on the severity of the damage) as soon as possible. Do not close your pool for the winter until the issue is resolved unless given the okay by a professional.