Annual Spring Maintenance – The Down & Dirty
Every year, our legendary natural mineral hot springs pools shut down for one week so we can complete spring maintenance. We want to share our process with you, so you can understand how we get our pools looking tip top for summer.
Immediately following our favourite annual fund raising event – the Pooch Plunge – our pools are immediately emptied and a team of four people hand scrub the pool walls and floor over the next 1.5 hours with a hydrochloric acid. Our team then clear-water rinse and thoroughly hose down the area.
The following morning and over the next two days, with all hands on, the crew of 14 team members dress in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)to hand grind, scrape and chip away any and all loose paint or seams around the pool. Once completely scraped down, the pools are swept out and vacuumed to remove any concrete dust.
All minor and major repairs to the concrete are done at this time; and after the concrete is cured, 60 gallons of blue epoxy paint is rolled on to the pools walls and 5 gallons of white epoxy paint onto the dive tank floor. The walls are painted first and the floor is painted at the end of the day, this process is repeated the next day for the second coat. Once the paint has dried to the touch, the team begins re-marking all the black lines, depth markers and stair edges. We let the freshly painted pool cure over the 24 hours following (given the temperatures are above 15 degrees Celsius or otherwise the curing can take longer).
After 280 hours of hard work from our entire amazing pools team, our refreshed pools naturally refill within 7 hours and are ready for our guests to enjoy.