Pools are continually exposed to weather, sunshine, water and chemicals. It is common for swimming pools to need repair from time to time. It best to ask the advice of a professional if your pool needs patching up. Everyone knows that repairing a pool is expensive, but here are few things that you should be aware. It will help you understand what is going on and make a better decision on how to solve the problem. Sometimes, all you have to do is replace a worn out, outdated or inferior part. Other times, you may not be so lucky and end up dealing with pump system failures, cracks in the pool wall, or tears in the vinyl lining.
There are three types of materials used in the construction of most swimming pools. Each has its own pros and cons. And they each suffer a different type of wear and tear, thereby requiring disparate repairs.
- Concrete Pools
When cracks appear in the walls of the pool wall, finding the cause is very important. If you cover the problem with an epoxy injection without investigating, it could mean more problems later on. Cracks typically occur because there is stress on the pool shell, temperature issues causing freeze-and-thaw cracking, or flaws in the workmanship of substandard construction. If the crack is less than ¼ inch wide and 2 feet long, it can be repaired without excavating the site. But bigger cracks may require resurfacing or a complete overhaul.
- Vinyl Pools
Vinyl is a synthetic plastic used for covering the structure of the in-ground pool. Though it used to be made of wood in the initial days, pool liners these days are made up of concrete, steel, or plastic. Repairing vinyl pools is cheaper than its concrete counterpart. Small tears under 3 inches can be easily repaired but larger ones may require complete replacement of the lining.
- Fiberglass Pools
These are nearly indestructible so do not require much repair. But reactions to chemicals and minerals can cause discoloration. You can treat this with an acid wash.
Finding a leak
It’s natural for pools to lose some water to evaporation or splash out. But if you continuously need to add water, you may have a leaking pool. Inspect the pool equipment and check the area around the pool for moisture or sunken ground. Mark the level of the pool at the skimmer with a piece of tape. Check to see the level 24 hours later. If it decreases more than a quarter of an inch, you are dealing with a leak. Locating a leak can be tricky. It may be best to call a professional to deal with the issue.
Replacing pumps and filters
Sometimes parts don’t work as well as they should. Before calling a professional, check easily accessible parts of your pool filtration system. It may be difficult to identify whether a pump or filter is malfunctioning. Other times, the parts are just outdated and need to be replaced. On the other hand, clogged and damaged pipes could be the underlying cause.