If you follow the recommendations in this book, you'll be able to stay clear of most of the problems in this chapter. But below are some long-term maintenance issues that you ought to hope never ever to see, and what you can do about them.


As we touched on briefly in the first chapter, pools undergo anxiety from the surrounding earth. To some extent, your pool basin withstands this stress by floating on the existing groundwater within the yard excavation. This is particularly real with fiberglass pools, which are basically nothing more than boat hulls with drains attached.

Normally, the water in the pool weighs the pool basin down enough to neutralize this buoyancy. But modifications in the ground water, evaporation of the water in the pool, or the have to drain the pool for some prolonged cleaning (something you should not do unless there's a severe emergency) can lead to the pool basin actually popping out of the ground.

In this circumstance, you have two choices:.

- Refill the pool and hope for the best (not the perfect choice).

- Bring in a professional. He'll need to remove the pool basin and modify your existing pool excavation in order to fit the basin as well as it did when the pool was freshly-dug.

While your pool basin is gotten rid of, you can of course check it for any leakages, indicators of various other wear, or anything else that'll help take the sting of spending for significant repair works out of the way.

You can prevent this problem and the headaches associated with it first off by following our advice in chapter 4 and not attempting to install your pool yourself. It's also a good concept to keep the level of water in your pool high and to ensure you preserve the water's pH balance to prevent any rust, which can cause leaks and faster erosion of the earth surrounding your pool.


It's not the title of a 1980s exploitation motion picture; it's a serious issue for vinyl pool owners. As we pointed out in our first chapter, vinyl swimming pools are extremely prone to damage from sharp toys, children, or general wear and tear. It's crucial to check your vinyl pool layer a minimum of as soon as every year or two in order to make certain there aren't any splits, fractures, or anything else that can bring about leakages and damage to the surrounding ground water-- or, similarly horrifying, to the metal walls that surround your vinyl pool.

It's not a great concept to drain your pool more often than every couple of years for the reasons we talked about above: clearing your pool gives the earth a considerable advantage over the water and can alter the shape and structural rigidity of your pool considerably. But clearing the pool to check for vinyl splits is really a good idea in the long run if you're making use of a vinyl pool. Stroll across the within of the pool and examine every surface very carefully for any sign of splits.

When you've done this, fill the pool up once more gradually, a foot of water at a time. Leave the pool alone for an hour or so and see if the water level drops. (Don't wait longer than that or evaporation will drain off too much water for you to make a clear judgment.) If it does not, continue filling the pool. If you see a considerable drop in the water level after an hour, stop filling the pool and inspect the location closely for signs of air bubbles or other leaks. This is a great way to detect splits in your vinyl covering without wasting too much time.

If you do discover tears, do not attempt to patch them. Spend the additional couple of thousand dollars to obtain the cover replaced. Otherwise, you'll risk having to drain your pool more frequently in order to diagnose and patch leaks-- and remember, the more commonly your pool is empty, the more damage occurs to its underlying building. You do not wish to need to invest even more money to restore your whole pool; invest a bit more up front and ensure it's done right.


And once more, bear in mind: the situations in this chapter are scary tales, worst-case scenarios. If you follow the day-to-day and regular maintenance referrals in this book religiously, if you make sure that your pool is constructed right from the ground up, and if you take pleasure in the pool responsibly with an eye to water quality and staying clear of leaks and damage, your pool will last you for many years-- and you'll have a piece of that easy life that's the reason, after all, that all of us wanted swimming pools in the first place. Even if they are a pain in the butt.

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