Three Common Pool Repairs and How to Avoid Them

Although most of us that live around the Phoenix, AZ area enjoy the warm climate, we all know it can get pretty hot from time to time. Many of us have swimming pools that require regular maintenance to keep them looking beautiful and to prevent health hazards. From time to time, problems will occur that require a repair to be made.

One of the items commonly requiring repairs for Arizona pools is the pool’s vinyl liner. Temperature changes over the course of a year can cause the vinyl liner to expand and contract, which may result in the liner sagging or creating gaps where the liner is attached. The best way to avoid this is to keep an eye on the liner and immediately correct any minor sags before they become major ones. Sometimes, this is as simple as pulling on the liner and snapping it back in place. Another common problem with vinyl liners is the development of holes. To prevent this, never use sharp instruments or toys with sharp edges in the pool. Be careful with cleaning tools, especially around seams. If your vinyl liner is getting some age on it, it may be time to think about replacing it with a thicker liner that is more resistant to holes and tearing.

Repairs to the pool pump and filtering system are also fairly common. Pool pumps have moving parts that will wear out after extended use, just like an automobile engine or an air-conditioning compressor. The pool pump is one of the most important elements in keeping the pool water clean and pure. In order for the chemicals to work properly, the water must be circulated and filtered. The best way to avoid pool pump problems is to make sure you are using a good quality pump. Check it frequently to make sure it operating properly. Look for any signs of improper operation, such as cracks in the housing, leaks that may indicate a bad seal, or excessive noise that could be caused by defective bearings.

Another common item requiring repair is the plumbing system. Every in-ground pool has buried pipes that allow the water to flow from the skimmer and drain to the pump and back. From time to time, these pipes can come apart at joints due to expansion and contraction of the soil, or they may become clogged. Although excavating the pool’s plumbing in order to repair it can become very expensive, there are new techniques available that may be effective in repairing a leak without excavating it.