How to Keep Your Swimming Pool in Tip-Top Shape

Posted December 12, 2023 by in Home

Swimming pools are a wonderful luxury in any home, as they provide endless hours of enjoyment for you and your family. However, like any major investment in your home, your pool is subject to wear and tear. From constant exposure to chemicals and weather to heavy usage over many seasons, components and surfaces gradually break down. Without prompt repairs, minor issues can spiral into major headaches and lead to more expensive problems down the road.

Watch out for these common signs that your pool may require repairs:

Cracks and Leaks

If you see cracks forming on the walls or floor of your swimming pool, this may indicate structural problems that should be addressed immediately. Cracks that keep getting wider over time can shift your pool shell or settle the pool surface. The sooner leaks and cracks get repaired, the less likely you’ll end up needing major resurfacing work.

Problems with the Pump

Most pools have a water circulation system powered by pool pumps that continuously filter out debris and refresh the water. If you notice the water flow seems weaker, if there is pooling debris, or if you can hear the pump straining, then it likely needs to be repaired or replaced. Pumps contain mechanical parts that wear out over time. Not replacing a faulty pump can place strain on the entire circulation system.

Chipped, Cracked or Missing Tiles

Tiles inevitably get some wear and tear over the years. A few missing or chipped tiles may just need replacement. However, multiple damaged areas can mean tiles were improperly installed or there are issues with the pool foundation. Cracked tiles also raise the risk that water is seeping underneath and eroding the base beneath.

Discolouration 

Pool water should be crystal clear. A green, brown, or yellow tint likely indicates an imbalance in chemicals and pH levels. If the water appears murky, your pool may need the filtration system cleaned out. Persistent discolouration without explanation could signify cracks in the finish that allow organic debris to seep in. Keeping your pool’s water properly balanced helps prevent stains and preserves the condition of the surface. If you can’t get your pool water sparkling clear, it’s best to call a pro.

Damage to the Surface Finish 

Plaster eventually needs to be replaced every 8-20 years as it stains, roughens and begins to break down over time. As the plaster ages, you’ll notice more calcium deposits or algae growth. Sections may become brittle and start chipping away too. Loose plaster is not only unsightly but can cut feet as well.

Outdated Equipment

Advancements in swimming pool technology have progressed significantly, especially in the last 5-10 years, enhancing efficiency, performance, and safety. The availability of modern conveniences like pool equipment operated through smartphone apps, automated salt water chlorinators, and improved heating options makes older equipment seem outdated. If your system still relies on manual dosing of chemicals or sand filtration, major upgrades are likely overdue.

Higher Energy Bills

Upgrading outdated pool equipment can significantly reduce energy costs and inefficiency. Newer variable speed pumps only use as much energy as needed to meet water flow demands, cutting electricity usage by up to 90% compared to old pumps. Similarly, modern heat pumps can warm pools for a fraction of what old heaters consume. If your bill seems excessively high, your pool gear needs a 21st-century upgrade.

Watch for these common trouble signs, and don’t ignore problems as they arise. With routine care and repairs when needed, your backyard pool can provide many more years of safe, enjoyable use for you, your family, and your friends. Splash on!