Pools and hot tubs: avoid unpleasant surprises
You’ve undoubtedly been enjoying your pool, hot tub or spa for the last few months, but with the end of summer in sight, it’s time to think about closing them down for the winter or consider how you will maintain them in colder weather. While it’s certainly a chore to close down a pool in the fall, neglecting to do it the right way can lead to a mess of torn covers, broken pipes and cracks in the spring.
Our harsh winters are tough on pools, hot tubs and spas, so you’ll want to look for warning signs of damage and come up with a maintenance plan before the winter sets in. You can also learn about simple ways to winter-proof your home here.
Checking on the pool cover
For the cover, check for signs of wear and if in doubt, consult a professional. If the cover is too worn, it can be torn by ice or become damaged during the cycle of freezing and thawing. Be aware that even if a pool cover is included in your insurance policy, a cover that’s reached the end of its useful life may not be protected because your policy is not a maintenance plan or repair contract! So, do take preventive measures and replace any parts that are too weak or worn to be covered by your policy.
Around the pool
If you have an inground pool, check for any cracks that may have appeared in the cement. Again, the severe weather conditions and dramatic temperature fluctuations can exacerbate the problem and cause significant damage.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid causing any damage. If you hire someone to do the work, make sure that the contractor carries civil liability insurance that will cover any damage for which they are responsible.
Hot tubs and spas
Shutting the hot tub and spa for the winter
Be sure to drain it well and proceed as per the manufacturer’s instructions. If you hire someone to do this for you, the same advice about liability insurance noted above applies!
Winterized hot tubs and spas
Once again, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and when you are applying the products recommended in the maintenance guide, verify the condition of your hot tub and spa. If you neglect to inspect your hot tub or spa for too long and it sustains damage, your insurance coverage may be compromised.
With the right insurance, you’re like a fish in water
If inground pools and hot tubs or spas are directly included in your home insurance, aboveground pools must be covered under a special endorsement that is appended to your contract.
Your insurer can provide you with valuable advice to prevent unpleasant surprises come springtime. Don’t hesitate to call them – prevention is key! After all, it’s so much better to open your pool in the spring and enjoy it than to discover it’s damaged and in need of repair. Want more tips on how to winterize your home? Discover them in our article here!