Pool repair is part and parcel of owning a pool. Although swimming pools are typically built to last, there might be some problem areas that you need to check regularly. As a pool owner, understanding the pool’s potential problems and knowing you need repairs can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Like other rooms or areas in your home, the swimming pool will also show signs of wear and tear through the years. Addressing problems at the onset would be best to save on more important and more expensive work later on. Recognizing the early signs of wear is essential so you can get a swimming pool maintenance and repair service right away.
If you already have a pool maintenance service, a pool technician would notice the problems before you do and can give you a heads-up.
Some of the most common issues in your pool include:
- Blocked pipes
- Blocked sand filter
- Broken lights
- Cracks in the walls
- Discolored grout
- Malfunctioning heater
Trying to fix some problems on your own can make it worse or put people in danger. Some jobs are better left to professionals. When you need pool maintenance and repair services, call Aruba Pools.
Inground Swimming Pool Repair
There are different types of inground pool repairs depending on your swimming pool’s needs. Some of the common pool problems that need repair include leaks, motor pump problems, as well as cracks or tears in the lining of the pool. The best way to avoid expensive repairs on your swimming pool is to have a regular maintenance schedule by a professional pool service and repair company like Aruba Pools.
Swimming Pool Heaters Installation and Repair
Having a swimming pool heater is a great way to extend your summers. In the winter when it would be too cold to swim otherwise, the pool heater is your best friend. The type of heater you need depends on the size of your pool and how you should power it.
Types of Pool Heaters
- Gas type is the most common and works swiftly.
- Electric pool heaters are best for small pools or spa types.
- Solar heating is an environment-friendly option.
Signs You Need Repair
- The pool heater does not work.
- The heating is inadequate.
- The operation is loud.
The type of pool heater impacts installation and future repairs. Aruba Pools can help you choose the best type of heater for your swimming pool. If you already have one, we can repair that too.
Cartridge Filter Cleaning
A cartridge filter system works by pulling water into a tank, which contains cylindrical cartridges that are made of fine mesh. The mesh screens out the scums from the water. You can remove and wash the cartridge filters when needed to keep them clean and functional.
Assuming your filter is the right size for your swimming pool, cleaning should be done every six months unless there is an unusual algae bloom, there is heavy usage, or after a rainstorm. You should also clean the filters if you see a change in the water quality.
Leak Detection and Repair
One of the most common problems you can have with your inground swimming pool is leaking. To repair a leak, you have to look for it. Usually, when the water level in your pool drops, it’s due to normal evaporation so it might be a little difficult to tell if there’s an actual leak.
How to identify a pool leak:
- Algae forms quickly after a chemical treatment
- Automatic filler constantly releases water
- Cracks or gaps in the concrete
- Loose tiles
- Requires more water than usual
- Significant increase in electricity and water bills
- Stagnant water around the pool area
There are different types of leaks, what causes them, and how to repair them.
Fitting leaks refer to anything that penetrates the pool shell. They usually occur around lights, jets, and skimmers. When a pool is not watertight, as, in concrete pools, there is a higher chance of experiencing leaks.
This type of leak usually happens when railing or tiles are loosely fitted.
Sometimes, when the fittings are inserted, the builders would just pack plasters around it. A poor-fitting job, especially around the plumbing, makes it susceptible to leaks.
Applying silicone is an easy way to stop the leak around the jets and lights.
Plumbing leaks can be attributed to poor installation. When the installation is done correctly, the plumbing will not move, and therefore, will not leak.
Corrosion is a major cause of plumbing leaks. Another is the settling of the ground. Movement in the ground can cause the plumbing system to move and create leaks.
To repair plumbing leaks, digging up the foundation of the pool may be necessary as well as repairing or changing the pipes. It’s a job that is best left to the professionals.
Cracks in the pool shell are signs of structural leaks. These cracks can be caused by several factors including:
- Ground movement
- Shifting of the soil
- Poor construction
- Groundwater pressure
- Cycles of freezing and thawing
If you notice cracks in your swimming pool, it is best to call a professional pool repair service immediately. If left untreated, cracks can get worse and cause bigger problems for you. A professional pool technician can diagnose what caused your pool to crack and can recommend the proper solution.
Small cracks can be repaired by injecting epoxy, polyurethane, or hydraulic cement over the cracks. Stapling the crack by using rebar staples can prevent the crack from becoming bigger or opening up again. The worst-case scenario would be to tear out the damaged area of the pool and redo it.
Owning a pool is expensive so it has to be a worthy investment. Preventing cracks is the best option to avoid expensive repairs. We offer a variety of installation options and repairs on all swimming pools, spas, hot tubs, and swimming pool liners. Call us or visit our website for more information.