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Why you Shouldn’t Ignore a Pool Leak

A pool leak is never good news and if the escaping water is a small amount, you may be tempted to think it’s just a normal decrease in the pool level and add water. While water levels will decrease over time, they’re typically very gradual. Having the services of a pool professional isn’t a luxury in these situations – it’s a necessity. The professionals will be able to identify potential problem areas before they become critical.

Expense

A small leak today can cost you much more to repair in the future and you may even have to replace the entire pool. Leaks only get worse and you may find that it has undermined the surrounding soil, necessitating emergency landscaping.

The need to add water will also increase your utility bills and you’ll be spending more on pool chemicals to maintain the appropriate pH levels. Leaks can also corrode pipes, damage filtering systems, and cause the underlying soil to shift that can lead to pipe breakage.

Property Damage

Even if you have the leak repaired relatively quickly, a significant amount of water may have already escaped. Depending on the local terrain, it may be flooding other areas or pooling underground. You could find yourself paying for damage done to surrounding properties and local fines. Pooling water can also result in muddy areas that increase the risk of slip and fall accidents on the property.

Environmental

The water in your pool is a mix of chemicals that can harm the environment. Pool water can kill fish and wildlife, damage habitats and native species, and leads to the production of greenhouse gases. Depending upon the chemical composition, it can affect algae blooms.

Hire a Professional

Even if you don’t have a pool professional perform regular maintenance on your pool, it’s a good idea to have your pool checked at least once a year by specialists. They’ll have the technology to go over your pool inch-by-inch to identify any existing leaks or areas that can present a problem in the future. They’ll also have the expertise to repair the damage.

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Why Your Pool Needs Chemicals

You hear a lot about chemicals when you own a pool. They’re designed to perform very specific actions in a pool environment and applying too much, too little, or at inappropriate times can create problems that only a pool professional will ever be able to solve and rectify.

Prevent Unwanted Growth

Without the proper chemicals to check the growth of bacteria and other microscopic life forms, your pool can become a petri dish of undesirable organisms that will affect the health of anyone using the pool. Skin cells, body oils, sunscreen and other substances wash off in the pool every time someone swims. A sanitizer prevents pools from becoming a swampy lagoon.

The Right pH Level

Maintaining the appropriate pH level is accomplished with chemicals. A pH level that’s too high or too low will result in symptoms ranging from stinging eyes to skin rashes. Water can become cloudy, scale will build up, algae can proliferate, and sanitizers will be ineffective.

Staining

The calcium, iron and other chemicals in your water can stain your pool with rust, yellow or green hues, depending on the chemicals. The potential for staining is higher if you live in an area with hard water or you fill the pool from a well. Specific pool chemicals can be used to soften the water, which will also help to prevent unsightly staining and cloudy water. Another issue with naturally occurring chemicals in the water is that they can corrode metal pipes.

Crystal Clear Water

No one will be swimming in your pool if the water is cloudy or murky. Clarifiers are used to keep pool water clear, clean and sparkling for an environment that’s inviting to any swimmer.

Creating a Healthy Pool

There are many chemicals used to maintain a pool in pristine condition. Some require testing of the water first before adding them, while others should never be mixed together. If you’re unfamiliar with the chemicals, their uses, or are inexperienced – call a pool professional and set up a regular schedule of maintenance. They have the experience and knowledge of chemicals needed for a healthy pool.

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Pool Problems not to try to Fix Yourself

There are many tasks associated with pool ownership that you can easily fix or repair yourself. There are also some situations when you should definitely call a pool professional. Trying to fix some things will only lead to bigger and more expensive problems in the long run. Some of the situations you should leave to the professionals include the following.

Cracks

Temperature changes can affect the water in your pool and can make the soil around it expand and contract. It can result in cracks in the walls or bottom of the pool. In some situations a crack can be repaired, but you may also need to have the entire pool resurfaced. If you have water levels that aren’t what they should be, the culprit could be a crack. Pools should be resurfaced every 3-7 years.

Broken Heater

A defective or broken heater will leave you with a cold pool due to insufficient water flow. It can also interfere with the air flow required for the heater to function properly. If any of the controls aren’t functioning correctly, you’ll need the services of a pool professional.

Blocked Pipes

The pool’s plumbing is not something you want to attempt to fix on your own. Pipes can be clogged with leaves and debris and a broken pipe may present as dirty water or the filter make not be working properly. It requires an assessment by a professional.

Broken Lighting

If your pool has lights and they stop working, call a pool professional immediately. Electricity and water is a recipe for disaster that can even turn deadly. Don’t let anyone in the pool until it’s been fixed by a pool expert.

Grout Discoloration

You may notice the grout in your pool has been discolored and it’s more than just an aesthetic concern. Tiny particles of dirt, grim and debris can become lodged in grout. It can grow a variety of unsavory things in the pool and throw off your pH levels. You may need an acid cleaning that should only be performed by a pool professional.

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