Emergency Repairs to Impact Oaks Pool Opening
Dear Burke Centre Conservancy Members:
At the end of last month, some major
maintenance challenges were discovered at the Oaks Pool which necessitated
Unfortunately, after weeks of testing and repair work, we
have run out of the time necessary to address all of the issues we face and
therefore, the Oaks Pool will not be opened over Memorial Day weekend this
year. The Conservancy remains cautiously optimistic that we will still be able
to operate the Oaks Pool this season with an estimated opening date of June 11,
2022. This challenge is one of the most significant ones we have faced for
opening a Burke Centre pool facility in decades. Please note that the estimated
opening date of June 11th is based upon information currently available, and
this date is subject to change.
During the regular inspection, cleaning, and
maintenance process for opening the pools, Atlantic Pool Service, Inc. noted
that the water level had dropped several inches within a few days of refilling
the Oaks Pool and operating its filtration system. With minimal evaporation at
this time of year, and no swimmers splashing around to account for this water
loss, it became apparent that the pool itself was leaking. The location of the
leak was not readily apparent because water from under the pool was surfacing
in several voids at different locations on the pool deck. In order to locate
the leak and effect repairs to the broken pipe(s), the pool had to be drained.
A leak detection company was utilized to
locate the source of the leak using both cameras to visually inspect some of
the pipes, and compressed air to pressure test them. Initially, two areas of
concern were identified, both in the floor of the pool. Upon excavation of the
suspected primary leak, the contractor located a break in a six-inch trunk line
(the main line) that supplies the returns for the pool. Atlantic Pool Service,
Inc. staff also observed hair-line cracking in the pool floor at several
locations. Following the repair work needed to address the pipe breaks, the
most recent testing unfortunately revealed yet another leak in a return line,
and a small leak in the main drain line. The necessary work for correcting
these latest leaks will cause the Oaks Pool opening to be delayed.
Barring any other unforeseen circumstances,
Atlantic Pool Service, Inc. has estimated Saturday, June 11th as the tentative
opening day for the Oaks Pool. Fairfax County Schools are out on June 10, so
the anticipated opening will occur on the next day if all goes as planned. if
the pool is not ready by June 11, we will assess whether the pool can safely be
opened later in the summer.
The Oaks Pool was scheduled for structural
renovation this year according to the Capital Reserve Plan. This type of work
is routinely undertaken in the fall after the pools close for the season.
Assuming the repairs that are currently underway are successful, and the pool
is able to be opened on June 11th, the renovation work will still be undertaken
in the fall. If, however, the pool is unable to be opened this season, the
renovation work will be scheduled at some point during the summer months. As
part of the renovation process, the condition of the pool will be evaluated by
engineers to determine whether structural renovation, or complete replacement
These kinds of issues are often discovered in
the spring when the pools are being prepared for the upcoming season.
Significant issues such as this are rare, but when they occur, it does not
leave much time to deal with them. Atlantic Pool Service, Inc. and the
Conservancy staff are dedicated to dealing with these issues and opening the
Oaks Pool as quickly as possible.
While we are hopeful that the Oaks Pool will
open by June 11, please be aware that further issues may necessitate closure of
this pool for the season. The Conservancy staff will continue to apprise the
membership with updates as they become available.
The annual inspections of all the pools inBurke Centre did not indicate any other significant issues and our remaining
pools will open on time. While the Oaks Pool is under repair, we encourage our
residents to enjoy the outdoor activities at our other four pools.
We appreciate your understanding and encourage
you to contact the Conservancy staff at 703.978.2928/ [email protected]
if you have any questions.