Keeping Your Above Ground Swimming Pools Looking New

Keeping Your Above Ground Swimming Pools Looking New

 

A well-built and well-maintained pool will last for years. But after a while, even the best care will not prevent a pool from showing signs of age.

 

An old pool, or even a poorly maintained pool, is not a lost investment. A few repairs or simple refurbishings may be all that is needed. If major work is called for, you’ll probably want a pool contractor to do it for you.

 

Repairing Cracks

 

In-ground cement or gunite pool walls may crack from earth movements under the shell or around the deck. Hairline cracks are easily repaired with a small amount of plaster, caulking compound or epoxy putty once you lower the water below the damaged area.

 

Check the extent of the crack. Large cracks may indicate a serious problem, possibly from soil movement or poor drain-age. If a large crack should appear, it may be necessary to drain the pool and you’ll want to consult a pool professional.

Replastering Concrete Pools

 

For best appearance, concrete pools should be replastered about every 10 to 15 years or repainted every 3 to 5 years. This is because daily contact with pool chemicals and changing water temperatures often cause flaking or chipping. Slight damage can be buffed and patched or painted over. In areas where mineral content or water hardness is excessive, it may be necessary to replaster sooner.

Mending a Vinyl Liner

Most tears or punctures arc easily repaired by the pool owner. Some vinyl companies even offer underwater patching kits, so you don’t need to drain the pool for repairs. Tears longer than 2 to 3 inches are considered serious. If the repair is very costly to fix, it may be better to replace rather than repair the liner.

 

Repairing Fiberglass Surfaces

 

Although this material is strong and durable, after time the smooth finish may fade, chip or discolor. If this occurs, your warranty as many manufacturers cover surface deterioration. If the damage is small, patching the area may be all that is necessary, For larger areas, you may have to recoat the entire pool. A simple coat of epoxy paint may improve the appearance of an older fiberglass shell. Always follow manufacturers’ recommended procedures.

 

Tile Care

 

Tile trim along the inner edge of a pool can be very sensitive to shifts in the soil, and it can crack or pop off. Stronger adhesive can be used to relay the tile; but if there is actual structural damage, some excavation and rebuilding

 

Keeping Your Above Ground Swimming Pools Looking New

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