By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Replaced concrete will have to be cured for 14 days before it can be painted at the Imperial Pool, ending a year of temporary and permanent repairs due to leaks in pipes.
Concrete was poured Friday in the deep end of the pool, and will be poured soon on an area of deck.
Simon Contractors of North Platte, which built the pool during the spring and summer of 2009, made the repairs at no cost to the city of Imperial and Chase County Schools, which jointly built the pool, adjoining locker rooms and concession stand.
It all began a year ago, during a short swim season, when leaks were noticed in pipes. Simon Contractors sealed around the area where the leak was suspected, which was a “quick fix,” so the pool could be opened, according to City Clerk/Administrator Jo Leyland.
At that time other problems were also noted, including problems with the connection at the surge tank.
More leaks were found when the pool was filled in May for this past summer’s season. City employees also noticed water coming out of the underdrain, which is a porous pipe under the pool.
The pool remained open for most of the summer, however, closing in mid-August.
Since then, Simon Contractors tore concrete out of the deep end of the pool and replaced pipes.
It was also necessary to tear out concrete on a section of the deck, and replace pipes there.
A pressure test was conducted last week to make sure all leaks were found. Another test will be conducted after the new concrete is painted, to make sure no leaks occurred after the pouring of the concrete.
Simon Contractors hopes to paint the areas before bad weather hits, Leyland noted.
Another problem that has now been fixed, Leyland said, is rusting of the metal ridges around the pool drains.
Superior Swim Systems of Florida repassivated the metal over a month ago, she said. That means that acid was rubbed on the stainless steel to rejuvenate it and protect it against rust.
“So far, no rust,” Leyland stated.