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.

Éric Janelle, belairdirect.
The author: Éric Janelle, belairdirect.

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.


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.

Closing time

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.

The importance of being proactive

Be proactive by researching and speaking with pool professionals to receive valuable advice to prevent unhappy springtime surprises! Remember, prevention is key! It’s so nice to be able to open your pool in the spring and start enjoying it, instead of discovering that it’s damaged and needing repairs!


Éric Janelle has been with belairdirect since 1996, working as a Sales Representative, Underwriter, Underwriting Team Leader, and Sales Team Leader. Since 2005, he has served as a Claims (personal belongings) Team Leader. He is based out of the Anjou, QC, office.

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