As the swimming season comes to a close, now might be a good time to have structural or mechanical problems fixed. Fall is a good time to assess pool repairs because, as you are shutting your pool down for the winter, you can make a point of checking for defects in its structure, motors and pumps.
By making repairs now, you can be assured that your swimming pool will be ready to use when next summer rolls around. It may be that it’s not about repairing but simply replacing an inferior or obsolete component.
What to Look For
- Cracks in the pool walls
- Tears in the lining
- An inoperable or poor filter and pump system
Some pool problems require large, expensive repairs and require hiring a professional but most cost under $1,000.
Concrete, vinyl and fiberglass are the three main types of swimming pool materials and each one is subject to a different type of disrepair.
Concrete pools can become cracked, especially if they are exposed to extreme winter temperatures. Small cracks can be patched but bigger cracks may require a complete overhaul of the pool.
Vinyl pools are subject to tears in the lining. Large tears may require you to replace the whole lining but this is obviously cheaper than replacing concrete.
Fiberglass pools are virtually indestructible but minerals and chemicals can cause ugly discoloration. If the discoloration gets too bad, an acid wash should fix the problem.
Pumps and Filters
It may not always be clear when your pump or filter isn’t working as it should, unless it breaks down altogether. If an obvious problem does exist, it may be nothing more than a clogged or damaged hose so check the hoses and other easily accessible parts of the pool filtration system. You may have to call in a pool professional if you can’t identify the problem yourself.
Pool heaters and covers often have safety shut-offs. A sudden shut-off may simply be the result of a relatively minor problem that can be easily fixed. However, if part of the pool system suddenly stops working, it may be a sign that a safety feature has disabled it to protect swimmers from electrocution and to protect the pool system itself.
Should You Repair or Replace?
Always ask the pool professional how long any repairs made to the pool will last. For example, ask how long a concrete patch can be expected to last. It may be more cost-effective to replace, rather than repair older filters and pumps. If replacing something wouldn’t cost much more than repairing it, you’d be better off replacing it so you know you won’t have to worry about it again for a long time.