- On June 23, 2014
There are different problems that the owners of in-ground swimming pools can experience during the lifespan of their pools. Here are the most common issues and what to do about them.
The construction of your pool and how it can respond to different climatic conditions can affect the level of the water table in the ground. In case the water table is high, your pool may be subject to the so-called ‘floating’ in the ground. In order to protect your pool from floating up, you should do your best to keep the water level stable. In most cases, pools come with a hydrostatic valve installed to facilitate proper equalization of the pool water level with the water table.
If freezing temperatures are normal in your climate, you’ll have to prepare your pool for them. Winterizing will enable your in-ground pool to survive the winter, remaining damage-free and clean till the next pool season. In case you don’t want call out a professional service to winterize your pool, you can easily do it yourself. This handy guide will help you in the process.
If your pool pump starts sucking air into the system, it may lose the power to move (‘prime’) water. If your pump is in fact working, but isn’t moving the water, then the pool water is not getting properly filtered, which can cause the pump to overheat and even burn up. If you suspect that your pump has lost its water moving capacity, check out this page to learn how to prime it.
If your pool pump is primed, the water will properly flow through your filter, but make sure you clean and maintain and the filter on a regular basis. The amount of maintenance work will depend primarily on the type of water filter you use. Backwashing your filter will clean it of debris and enhance the flow through the unit.
The pH balance of the water can easily affect the growth of algae in your pool and have an impact on chlorine effectiveness and surface corrosion. Because of all this, it is crucial to check and balance your pool’s pH on a weekly basis.
Chipping or Cracking of Pool Deck
A chipped or cracked pool deck can pose a serious threat to all the people who use your pool, as well as give rise to aesthetic problems. Apart from a potential tripping hazard, such cracks in your pool deck can imply that there are more serious problems, such as a sink hole or ground shifting, so you’ll be best advised to address this issue promptly.
Leaks in the Pool’s Plumbing
If you don’t take care of leaks in the pool’s plumbing in a timely manner, this can cause huge damage to your property and build up a hefty water bill. In addition to this, you will spend excessive amounts of chemicals in order to balance you pool’s pH since the chemicals will leak out along with the wasted water and get diluted with the new water that is pumped into your pool. For all these reasons, it is usually a good idea to have a professional plumber detect potential leaks without destruction.
Author Bio: Lillian Connors is a blogger and home improvement enthusiast ever so keen on doing various DIY projects around her house and passionately writing about them. She is also an online marketing consultant, closely collaborating with a number of companies from all over the globe. You can check her out on G+, Facebook and Twitter.