Knowing a little about swimming pool repair can save the pool owner some cash. Common causes of water leaks from the pool include shell leaks, plumbing leaks, and excessive water splash or evaporation.

Because water evaporation can occur, the best way to rule this out is to take a large pitcher filled with water and sit it on the top step of the pool. Once the water has calmed, remove water from the pitcher until the water levels in the pool and in the pitcher are even. Let the container remain for about two days and then check and see how much water has evaporated from the pitcher. If the amount of water evaporated from the container still matches or almost matches the water level in the pool, then the water loss from the pool is most likely due to evaporation. If this is the case, no swimming pool repair is needed.

If the water level in the swimming pool is significantly lower than the water level in the pitcher, then the pool most likely has a water leak. When a leak is suspected the first place to check is around the filter and pump system of the pool. This is the most common type of swimming pool repair. Look for damp spots around this area and trace them back to the water source. More often than not, leaks around the pump and filter will be at a connection point on the pipes. In order to know which part of the plumbing must be replaced, the pool owner should make note of whether the water loss occurs greatest when the pump is running or when the pump is turned off. If the greatest loss occurs when the pump is running, the leak is on the pressure side past the impeller. If the greatest water loss occurs when the filter is not running, the leak is on the vacuum side before the impeller. To fix this leak, the swimming pool plumbing must be replaced. If the pool owner is not comfortable with doing this, a professional should be contacted. In most cases, it is advisable to contact a professional, especially for leaks on the backwash line which require extensive digging.

The next area to examine if no leak is found in the pool plumbing would is the shell. The best way to find these types of leaks is by placing a small amount of food coloring around any area that looks suspicious or pierces the pool shell. Almost always it is advisable to leave these repairs to professionals, but for the do-it-yourself type, pool shell repair supplies are sold at most local hardware stores. The most common is a simple shell repair patch kit.

Swimming pool repair can seem a daunting task but knowing the causes of common leaks and how to find them can help pool owners save some money and time. Pool owners should check pools any time water loss is noticed, and especially when getting the pool ready for summer swimming. Effective swimming pool repair will ensure the lifespan of the swimming pool and cool, refreshing entertainment for the family.

Summer in America is grilling outside by the pool with friends and family. A pool has become an asset to the average home with it increasing property value in some areas by up to fifteen percent. Backyard pools have been around for decades, with the same structure and chlorine formulas being used for the majority of them. However, in recent years, a new trend is starting to evolve in swimming pools. The use of salt water pools is growing increasingly popular for both health and economical reasons.

Salt water pools areĀ  not filled with heavy chemicals that have a tendency to dry out the skin and turn a little girl’s blond hair into a green mess. While there are still a fair amount of chemicals in the pool, they are mild and limited, creating a less aggressive swimming pool experience. Proponents of salt water pools generally believe that the chemicals in traditional pool systems can prove somewhat dangerous over time, if used on a regular basis.

Another benefit to owning a salt water pool as opposed to a tradition chlorinated pool is the overall economic benefit. As many pool owners know, chlorine costs can add up over the summer, and can quickly become a major factor in the household budget costing hundreds of dollars in maintenance. On the other hand, salt water systems prove to be economical with salt costing a fraction of chlorine. Though the salt water system may initially be more expensive to install, it will pay for itself in a short span of time.

Perhaps the best benefit of salt water pools is the lack of frequent maintenance requirements. Though all pools must be maintained and tested for safety, a salt water system takes care of some of the daily work for the homeowner, making the experience much more enjoyable. A control box monitors the pool’s conditions and tests the water on a regular basis.

For those in the market for a new pool, the a salt water pool is a safer, healthier and less expensive option for most buyers. Because of its growing popularity, it is more likely to increase the value of one’s property. The salt water systems have truly revolutionized the pool industry, and American Summers too.

Concrete Swimming Pool Leaking

Nothing can ruin summer fun faster than a leaky swimming pool. However, wear and tear on pools, even very well-made concrete pools, is a part of life. If you’re pool has a leak, proper diagnosing and fixing of the problem will have you swimming again in no time.

Diagnose the Leak

The first step to fixing a pool is to make sure that it’s actually leaking. If you’ve had your pool for many years, you’ll probably realize quickly that you pool is losing water faster than it should be. If you are a new pool owner, it’s important to understand that all pools lose water due to evaporation. If you live in a very windy and/or hot area, you may lose water even faster than what’s considered normal.

The easiest way to check for a pool leak is to use a bucket of water. Simply fill a bucket with water and set it by the pool. Over the course of a few days, check the water level in your bucket and compare it to the water levels in the pool. If the pool is losing water at a faster rate than the bucket, chances are that the pool is leaking.

Once you’re reasonably sure that your pool is leaking, you’ll want to attempt to figure out what’s causing the leaking. Not all leaks in concrete pools come as a result of a crack in the pool. In fact, plumbing systems are often responsible for swimming pool leaking. Once you’ve confirmed that the pool is leaking, you can perform further tests by running the pools pumping system.

Run the pool pump for a period of time, measuring the water level both before and after you turn the pump on. Next, monitor your water level when the pump is left off for a period of time. If you notice leaking when the pool pump is turned on, the leak is most likely occurring after the impeller of the pump. If the majority of water loss takes place when the pump is turned off, the leak is probably occurring before the impeller of the pump. If you’re losing water at a constant rate, whether the pump is turned on or off, it’s very likely that you have a crack in the concrete.

Fixing the Leak

Establishing that you have a leak is half the battle. Once you are sure you have a leak, you have to find and fix it. If the leak is in the plumbing, you’ll want to check all of your plumbing connections to see if their is an obvious problem. In many cases, the problem is hidden and difficult to find. Because a large amount of a pool’s plumbing system is buried, the best course of action when the location of the leak is not obvious is to contact a qualified swimming pool to come and handle the leak. They have special equipment that will assist them with locating the leak, meaning that they’ll only be required to dig in a small area.

If a crack in the concrete portion of the pool is causing the leak, the size of the crack will determine whether or not it can be fixed without the assistance of a pool contractor. Very small hairline cracks can often be managed by applying a special rubber or epoxy paint on the affected area. Slightly larger cracks can be fixed using a special epoxy compound made specially for concrete swimming pools. If you choose to attempt this on your own, it’s important to follow the directions exactly.

Larger cracks in concrete that are causing swimming pool leaking should always be fixed by a qualified swimming pool contractor. The crack may be caused by a number of factors and a contractor that specializes in concrete swimming pools will be able to get to the root of the problem and fix it so that it does not repeat itself. In some instances, they may need to add an expansion joint to ensure the pool does not crack again.

A leak in a concrete swimming pool doesn’t have to be the end of the world. It’s important to find it quickly and to diagnose and fix it properly so the problem doesn’t get worse. While there are many things that you can do as a home owner, in some cases, it’s best to call in the experts, who will save you time and money in the long run.

If you expect to dive into crystal clear waters in your home’s backyard swimming pool, then you must put swimming pool cleaning onto your household chore list on a regular basis. It takes a weekly commitment of at least several hours of labor in order to ensure a sparkling clean swimming pool the rest of the week.

There are a number of cleaning tools you should invest in from a pool supply retailer. These include a long-handled netted leaf skimmer which will make removing large pieces of debris much easier; a pool vacuum to remove any dirt or debris that has settled on the bottom of the pool; nylon-bristled floor and wall brushes to clean every vinyl, fiberglass or painted pool surface; a stainless-steel algae brush for removing any build-up on plaster walls; and a hand-held tile brush and pumice stone for removing calcium deposit build-up from any tiled surface.

There are four basic swimming pool cleaning steps that must be taken weekly. First, skim the surface of the water to remove any leaves or other floating debris before they sink to the bottom and reduce the efficiency of the pool’s circulation system.

Next, remove any debris that has accumulated in the pool’s strainer baskets located on the pool deck or attached to the side. Often leaves or other debris get caught here and lessen the pool’s circulation system. So this simple step will increase water circulation which helps keep the pool’s water fresh and sparkling.

Now it’s time for vacuuming the floor of the pool. Take your time in going back and forth over the pool floor, overlapping your strokes slightly each time to make sure your vacuum is picking up any sediment or dirt that has gathered on the bottom. If your vacuum picks up quite a bit of dirt each week, be sure to clean the vacuum filter on a weekly basis so that all your efforts won’t go to waste with a vacuum that has little suctioning power.

Next comes the work of the brush brigade. Brushing the walls of your pool each week helps eliminate algae and calcium build-up as well as other scum that accumulates. Be sure you are using the correct brush for the type of material being cleaned because you don’t want to ruin handsome tiles or the grouting by rubbing them with a scratchy brush surface. Ask your pool cleaning supplier or pool manufacturer exactly which brush is recommended to use on what surface.

All done? Put your swimming pool cleaning supplies away until next week and dive in!

Swimming pool construction is growing again, with more people interested in making fabulous memories entertaining in the backyards of their own homes. For many, deciding what kind of pool can be daunting, with many options available from construction to water systems. One type of construction that is gaining popularity is the gunite pool, which is also known as a concrete swimming pool. There are a list full of benefits to gunite, with most of them being aesthetic.

Perhaps the biggest advantage to owning a concrete pool instead of a fiberglass or vinyl one is the customizable features that can be added. Because pools are created on site, concrete swimming pools can be structured into any size or shape that the owner wishes. However, customizing a pool too much can detract from its value, in turn lowering the overall property value. If the homeowner is planning to sell the house anytime in the future, it may be wise to stay away from initial-shaped pools or other odd shapes.

Another benefit to concrete swimming pools is the additions and accessories that can be added to the pool area. Backyard landscaping is key to property value, so adding waterfalls, pool lights, and even custom tiles to the area can really raise some eyebrows. Many people choose to build a jacuzzi up out of the pool with a waterfall spilling over the side into the pool. This effect is growing increasingly popular, along with negative edge pools, in which the side of the pool seems to disappear over an edge. All of these effects are the result of a concrete swimming pool.

Owning a concrete swimming pool can be very rewarding, but the overall costs are going to be much higher than with tradition swimming pools. Not only does the pool have to be dug and created on site, but it also requires a tile lining on the walls to prevent injury. The edges of the pool are often stained or tiled as well, with surrounding landscaping and decking rounding out the overall cost. Despite this, many homeowners are still choosing gunite for its flexibility and aesthetic potential.