Nobody will argue the point that a swimming pool in upstate South Carolina isn’t wonderful to have during the summer months. About the only time you might disagree is if you need pool repairs. The types of pool repairs and their frequency can be controlled to some extent, however. Throughout the summer pool season and as it comes to a close, there are a number of common pool repairs that you can avoid with proper care.
- Pool Liner Replacements – You should enjoy about eight years before needing to replace the pool liner. In order to enjoy this lifespan you should carefully monitor the pool water chemistry. Using too much chlorine and not diluting it before adding it to the pool will damage the liner. It is also wise to add chemicals to the pool one at a time and let each circulate before adding the next one. It is important to keep sharp objects away from the pool. If you do notice a leak, it may be able to be repaired if done early enough.
- Pump and Filter Issues – It is vital that the water in your pool be circulated the correct number of hours per day for the current conditions. If the pump or filter is not operating correctly, your water will begin to show signs of algae growth and will be unsafe to swim in. In order to keep the pump and filter operating properly and to thus avoid pool repairs, it is important to keep the water balanced and free of excess debris. Leaving your pool uncovered or allowing your pets to swim requires extra attention to clean the skimmer basket and filter. If you do not do this, you risk the possibility of a clogged impeller or worse.
- Ugly Pool – Over time, many in-ground pool surfaces can become unsightly. The need for resurfacing may happen eventually, no matter what you do, but there are some things you can do to extend the life of your pool. First of all, keep materials off the bottom of the pool with regular vacuuming or brushing. Also, be sure to keep the pool water balanced, as a low pH in particular is damaging. Understand which material your pool was constructed with and learn the ways to preserve it. For example, a plaster pool will be damaged if the water lacks the right amount of calcium and carbonate.
At Ricky’s Pools, serving upstate South Carolina, we offer a number of the most common pool repairs, including pool liner replacements and resurfacing. We install both plaster and gunite swimming pools and are knowledgeable about how to keep these surfaces in top condition. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about pool repairs and how to avoid them.