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Pool & Spa Tips

06 September 2019
Tips to Spot Pool Problems

Overlooking signs of wear and tear on a swimming pool will lead to a bigger problem if left unchecked.  That could lead to bigger repair costs, but more importantly, any problem with a pool should be attended to quickly for health and safety reasons. Here are 6 tips to help you spot and resolve problems to ensure your pool remains pool safe and beautiful.

Tip #1: Leaking Pipes
If you see water droplets on the plantroom floor, check around the pipework to see if there is a leak. A leak is a hazard and could be signalling bigger problem with the pool. Whether you find the source of the water droplets or not, it’s time to call your pool engineer to inspect the pool.  If a leak is not obvious to the eye, your engineer will conduct a pressure test on the pipes to find the exact problem area and resolve the situation.

Tip #2: Bulging Pool Walls
Bulging pool walls are usually a sign of poor installation in fibreglass and liner pools, but a bulge can also occur due to pressure imbalances arising from the water level changing. Over time, bulging walls will cause water leaks which will harm the pool.  A specialist pool refurbishment company can help by draining the pool and replacing sand or earth backfill with gravel which is more resistant and durable and will help the pool walls retain their shape.

Tip #3: Chilly Water
If the pool water is not warming up to the temperature you usually enjoy there may be a fault with the boiler, heat exchanger, thermostat or pressure switches. As with most electrical installations, it’s never wise to attempt a DIY fix. A Gas Safe registered pool engineer should assess the heating system and make any repairs necessary. 

Tip #4: Noisy Pump
Indications of a problem with a pump include

  • an increase in the normal low-level hum
  • drips or puddles of water near the pump or
  • calcium deposits on the pump itself  

You may want to turn off the pump and examine the impeller to see if it is clogged with dust/dirt and clean it, but to be 100% sure it’s performing properly, your pool engineer should examine the pump thoroughly to find the source of the problem and repair it. Also, do bear in mind the age of the pump; a worn-out motor will reduce the efficacy of the plant.

Tip #5: Faulty Filter
If you spot sand in the bottom of your pool there is a problem with your sand filter. It could be that the inside of the filter is damaged which means it will have to be replaced with a new one. Whilst a high quality sand filter can give good service for up to 10 years, for the best performance and crystal clear water, you should be thinking about having the sand changed every five years – this is a job for your pool engineer because it requires experience and skill to do this properly. 

Tip #6: Broken Lights
Broken pool lights should be handled with caution and preferrably by professionals. If you decide to tackle this, switch off the electricity at the mains and tell anyone else at the property that you’re working on the pool lights, so they don’t put the electricity back on before you finish!  If the problem is not just the simple replacement of light bulbs, for example, a faulty fixture, ask your pool engineer to handle the replacement or upgrade.

To find out more about LSPC’s Maintenance and Refurbishment Services, please visit this page of our website.

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