How to Avoid Costly Swimming Pool Repairs and Other Pool Problems

How to Avoid Costly Swimming Pool Repairs and Other Pool Problems
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    All types of swimming pools will eventually require more than basic maintenance to stay safe and clean.

    Here are the problems that all swimming pools will eventually face...

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Maintaining the water balance

This is done by sanitizing the pool with chlorine. This chemical combines with bacteria in the pool to kill harmful contaminants. Once it combines with the bacteria, it no longer protects the water. Next you should give the pool a shock treatment. After this add more chlorine. Be sure to keep the PH level above 7.0.

Filters getting clogged

Keeping filters unclogged is important for the comfort of the swimmers. Also, regular cleaning of pool filters can rule out the chances of waterborne diseases.

Pumps malfunctioning

The pool pump helps in moving pool water to the filter for disinfection. It is necessary to keep this function working properly.

Vinyl pools

Vinyl liners can get holes and tears. They often get damaged due to a lack of proper care and maintenance. The pH level being below 7.0 can cause the vinyl liner to expand, develop wrinkles and eventually degrade. Also be careful with the amount of chlorine you use to disinfect the pool. High amounts of chlorine can damage the liner a lot. Handle liner leaks with special patching glues.

Vinyl pools are usually the easiest pools to fix issues yourself. As long as you can locate the source of the leak or crack, you can use a simple vinyl repair kit to fix the problem. There are some kits available now that allow you to fix the tear underwater, but for the best results you should drain the pool below the level of the tear first before applying the vinyl patch. Then let it dry before refilling the pool.

Concrete and gunite pools

These pools tend to need plaster repair as they age. Chips and cracks cause the gunite that is below the plaster to show through. You can do these repairs fairly easily on your own with a kit from your local swimming pool supply company.

Fiberglass pools

These pools often get bubbles or blisters along with cracks. Just get a fiberglass repair kit from your local swimming pool supplier.

If your pool problem isn’t listed here then you probably will need to hire a pool repair contractor. Do your research on the contractor before hiring and inquire about estimated time of completion. If you know there is a problem with your pool before swimming pool season, you can save a lot of money by hiring a contractor beforehand when there isn’t much demand for swimming pool contractors.

Keep a rigorous self maintenance routine year round to avoid these costly swimming pool repairs.

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