01 July 2014
Spotting when your pool needs attention - part 1
When your pool is in working order, there’s nothing better than swimming a few lengths or even just relaxing on a lilo and catching some rays of sun. However, when things go wrong with your pool, your swimming experience usually suffers as a consequence. More importantly, neglecting potential problems when they first appear can result in damage to the pool which will be more expensive to repair the longer you leave it. In addition to this, a pool that isn’t in working condition can be a health hazard, so it’s important to get any problems rectified immediately. Sometimes the problems aren’t dangerous, but leave your pool looking shabby, which you don't want.
Here are some of the common issues which indicate you may want to consider improving both your pool’s functionality and its appearance. You could also consider a complete make-over!
The occurrence of green algae is quite common for all swimming pools. What causes Algae? Invariably this is a water imbalance caused by lack of chlorine. Algae spores are generally airborne and one of the functions of chlorine is to oxidise these before your pool turns green.
If the water in your pool has taken on a green tint, or you can notice green coloured growths on the walls or floor of the pool, you have an algae problem which must be rectified. Algae will make swimming pool surfaces slippery and dangerous. While algae can be manually brushed off the walls and floor of the pool to put it into suspension, good filtration with the use of a clarifier and a shock dose of chlorine should clear most algae problems within 48 hours.
Broken pool lights are a problem which should be handled with extreme care and ideally left to the professionals. If you decide to repair the pool lights yourself, ensure that the electricity is switched off at the main circuit breaker and that nobody else is likely to turn it back on while you are at work, even though they are 12 volts. If the problem is due to a faulty lights fixture, you may want to consider having this feature upgraded to ensure you don’t repeat the same arduous task of fixing it again and again.
Bulging Pool Walls
While fibreglass pools and liner pools are highly regarded for their durability, easy installations and smooth surfaces, bulging pool walls can occasionally be a problem. Usually, bulging pool walls are the result of a poor installation, but they can also occur due to pressure imbalances which result from the water level changing, such as when draining the pool, for instance.
Over time, bulging walls with fibreglass pools or damaged liners will cause water leaks which will harm the swimming pool and possibly even buildings nearby. One way professionals can help to rectify this issue is by draining the pool and replacing the sand or earth backfill with gravel. The physical properties of gravel make it far more resistant and durable than sand, which will mean your pool walls will be likely to retain their original shape regardless of pressure.
Read part two of Spotting When Your Pool Needs Attention.
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.