29 March 2019
Four Reasons Why Your Pool May Need Refurbishment
A well-designed pool that harmonises with your property not only makes a statement, it also provides lots of opportunities to luxuriate, relax and have fun. Part of a pool’s charm is its versatility; it can be used to help your children learn to swim, allow you to keep fit and is a spectacular focal point for a party.
A swimming pool needs to stand up to wear and tear of frequent use over the years. And an outdoor pool will also be exposed to the elements every autumn and winter, and although you can use a pool cover the ground still has the capacity to shrink and expand around the pool. So, in addition to regular servicing, there may come a time when you need to refurbish some elements of the pool. In this post, we look at four signs that your pool might need refurbishment.
Cracks in the pool structure
A crack in a pool is always a troubling sight. However, not all cracks are equal; the placement and size of the crack will determine the scale of the problem. There are different types of cracks in concrete and it’s important that you can tell the difference. Small cracks on the surface or around the top of the pool are known as ‘craze’ cracks. They are not necessarily a reason to jump straight into refurbishment, but you should monitor them as they can lead to other problems if allowed to grow. The engineer who regularly services your pool will obviously highlight the appearance of any cracks and discuss whether repairs are needed sooner rather than later, but you should keep an eye on them in between the engineer’s visits.
Structural cracks are far more serious and will almost certainly prevent you using the pool until the problem is resolved, which could take some time to fix. These types of cracks run through the concrete and may be a sign that a pool was not built properly in the first place and will leak water into the surrounding ground, causing even more damage.
The service engineer will be vigilant in finding any possible issues with the pool structure, identify the source of the problem and provide a solution.
Vinyl liner pools
If you have a liner pool that has been in place for many years, regularly check for cracks and tears especially around areas where the liner abuts with equipment such as lights and pool steps. However, while such pools are structurally durable, liners usually need to be replaced every decade or so. If your liner is starting to show signs of wear such as wrinkles and small tears, it’s time to replace it. High quality, custom-made liners can be designed to fit any pool size.
A vinyl liner is also a faster way to restore a pool with old, stained and broken tiles. It can give an old tiled pool a beautiful ‘facelift’ faster than retiling. If work is needed to repair damaged concrete, for expediency, you could opt to finish the new pool shell with a vinyl liner - there are many different designs and shades to choose from and the fabric is soft on the feet.
A pool refurbishment specialist can demolish the old concrete pool shell. Although this is quite a big job, it will ensure your pool gives you many more years’ service. You should not need to alter the plantroom as your existing equipment is most likely still up to the task and can be reused once a new concrete shell and the finish are completed.
It might be stained, or it might be overly rough – the condition of the concrete surface of your pool is another good indicator of its health. Michael Hatcher (@hatchlandscape) explains: “When your pool surface feels like sandpaper...it’s time to resurface your pool. There are a lot of different factors that can cause the pool’s surface materials to break down and come off, such as years of heavy use, unbalanced pH levels and sudden damage. Once the surface layer starts to come off, it’s only going to continue and spread. So, it’s important to have it resurfaced as soon as you notice problems.”
The previous owner failed to service it properly
Neglecting to service a pool will shorten a pool’s lifespan. If neglected even for short periods of time, a simple repair may not be possible, and you will need to refurbish damaged areas of the pool itself and/or the plant. Issues like this are occasionally found when new homeowners move into their recently purchased property and discover the previous owner has not been diligent with pool maintenance. To rectify problems in a neglected pool, the service engineer to do an intense service at the outset, and then as the new owner, it's advised that you have regular servicing by a qualified pool engineer (ideally the same person). They will service and monitor the pool to ensure problems do not occur in the first place and in the event of anything going wrong, they will find, diagnose and fix even the smallest issue before it becomes a problem.
Although refurbishment is often a response to a problem, it can also be a positive choice. Once built, a specially-designed pool stays special for a very long time. However, tastes do change over the years. After several decades you might decide that your pool looks dated or old-fashioned. So long as the rest of the system is in good shape, there is no reason you cannot opt for refurbishment and rejuvenate your property with a new version of your old pool.
At London Swimming Pool Company we specialise in swimming pool maintenance, servicing and refurbishment, so if you have a pool that’s in need of regular maintenance or a facelift, contact us for an initial discussion – there’s no substitute for expert advice. If you have an older swimming pool that needs upgrading, we suggest planning your refurbishment for the autumn, so all the work is done and dusted before the next swimming season.