The force of the rupture was strong enough as to cause a sink hole in our north/east parking lot at the ditch drain, a sink hole at the side gate as well as around two drains in the pool deck. Other areas of interlocking pavers were forced up above surface level as well.
To put this in perspective, the pipe is made up of a ¼” steel with a cement liner that is 1/8th thick. The usual lifespan of this type of pipe is 60 years while this pipe lasted 10.
Plumbing crews and Wild Blue Pools arrived on scene and began work to isolate the rupture area and repair. Plumbing repairs were completed 4pm on Sunday.
When the pipe ruptured, it blew out several electrical conduits as well as a 6” return line from the spa. The electrician has been called and will begin repairs at his earliest availability.
Once electrical repairs are complete and the large pit that was dug out for the plumbing repairs is dry, we will need to have a soil engineer to advise us on the best procedure for back filling and compacting the area. The high pressure water coming out of the pipe washed away a significant amount of dirt under the equipment room and outdoor heater areas and we want to be sure that our repair will stabilize the building for the future.
The final part of the repair will then require removal of the interlocking pavers by the shower running to the wader pool, inspecting/repairing the drains, re-compacting and sloping of the deck and re-installation of the interlocking pavers.
It is anticipated that these repairs will take four weeks to complete. Barring any unknown damage that exists, the pool should re-open mid-September for the last 6-8 weeks of swim season.
At this time, we do not know the cause of this rupture. The HOA is investigating if any part of this loss is covered by insurance. The financial details will become clear in the next week or so and we will report those details once known.
Thank you everyone for your patience and understanding.