All types of swimming pools will eventually require more than the basic maintenance to keep them safe and functional for every day use. While major repairs will require the help of a professional, smaller repair jobs can often be done with repair kits that can be purchased at your local swimming pool supply company. Before you tackle any type of swimming pool repair, it is important to know what type of pool you have and what supplies you will need to make the repairs.
Concrete and gunite pools tend to need plaster repair as they age. Common problems associated with aging in these types of in-ground pools are hollow spots that pop up, chipping and cracking, and wear spots that cause the gunite that is below the plaster to show through. These types of repairs are fairly easy to complete on your own, and kits are readily available to fix these problems.
Fiberglass pools often get bubbles or blisters along with cracks. These types of problems are easily fixed with a fiberglass repair kit that can be purchased at a boat and marine supply store or your local swimming pool supplier. The downside to repairing fiberglass pools is that the color of the fiberglass is rarely able to be perfectly matched, which will always show the repair. The only solution to avoid this outside of hiring a professional is to resurface your entire pool which can be costly and cumbersome to do for a simple cosmetic reason.
Vinyl pools and vinyl lined pools are the easiest do it yourself fixes of the types of pools most commonly found. As long as you can locate the source of the leak or crack, a simple vinyl repair kit will quickly fix the problem. There are some repair kids available now that allow you too fix the tear under water, but for the most permanent results it is best to drain the pool below the level of the tear and allow the vinyl patch to dry completely before refilling the pool.
For more severe problems you will need to hire a pool repair contractor. Be sure to research any contractor thoroughly and inquire about estimated completion times for your project. If you are aware of a problem with your pool before the onset of swimming pool season, you can save a lot of money by hiring a contractor during the winter months when the workload for such professionals is very slow. Problems involving major cracks, plumbing issues, and filtration system problems are always best handled by the professional repair companies.
The best way to avoid costly repairs with your swimming pool is by hiring a professional swimming pool maintenance company to schedule and conduct necessary maintenance or by keeping a rigorous pool self-maintenance routine year round. Swimming pool maintenance neglect is the most common reason for problems that lead to expensive and difficult repairs.