5 Signs You May Need To Upgrade or Replace Your Pool

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Do you think it might be time to replace your pool? There are some tell tale signs you can look for yourself.  If you see any of these, it may be time to have it checked out by a pro. If you notice the following warning signs, it’s time to contact your local swimming pool contractors. They can advise you on if you need to replace your pool or just repair it.

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The weather has been particularly bad

During summer, the weather is particularly unforgiving. Hot weather heats up the ground and the earth settles. This can cause the pool structure to move. If the ground is moving, the pool is not stable. The pool may also settle over its lifespan, which can cause a number of other problems. If you live in an area with a lot of rain, hail or snow, you need to be prepared.

If you have a concrete pool, it can be damaged in extreme weather.

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 A vinyl pool is less likely to sustain damage, but still may need repairs. A pool cover helps protect your pool when the weather is bad, but it’s not going to prevent damage forever. If your pool is showing signs of serious weathering, you might want to consider getting it upgraded or replaced before the damage gets out of hand.

Your pool is becoming difficult to maintain

When you have an older pool, you have to spend a lot more time cleaning and maintaining it. Even when you try to keep it looking great, it can take a lot of energy and time to clean. It’s a good idea to consider hiring a pool cleaning service to help out with your pool maintenance to extend its lifespan.

If you maintain your pool properly, you should notice that your water stays clear and clean. If your incidences of algae and color are increasing, you may want to think about replacing your pool altogether. While you can clean your pool, the chemicals can be expensive and dangerous when used more and more frequently. If you can afford to, you might need to replace your pool altogether if these problems become a regular occurrence. The cost of a new pool is typically cheaper than the cost of excessive maintenance.

Your pool liner is discolored

A discolored pool liner can be an indication that you’re using the wrong type of chemicals in your pool, but that’s not always the case. A discolored liner may also be a sign that the liner is losing its integrity, which means it may be time to replace your pool. If the liner is discolored and the pool has a lot of algae on the sides, it is safe to assume that it’s time to be replaced – or at least checked out by a professional pool contractor.

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You can also tell if you need a new liner based on how well it is performing. If you experience pool liner ripping, cracking or popping, the pool liner is probably nearing the end of its lifespan and should be replaced before serious damage occurs.

The pool is physically damaged

Whether it’s a crack in the pool wall or something less obvious like a tear on the liner, any damage to your pool should be addressed right away. It’s the job of the original pool builder to ensure that the shell is not just sturdy enough to hold water but sturdy enough to withstand the weight of itself. This, however, does not mean your pool is safe from damage.

Water is not just heavy, it’s also corrosive. It contains minerals that can degrade the shell over time. Caulking and resealing your pool may be necessary to avoid a leak. If a leak does occur, it can quickly become a very serious problem. If your pool is above ground, the shell must be able to withstand the pressure of the water to keep it contained. So, when that pressure is compromised, there is a risk of serious water damage not only to your pool but the surrounding area. Sometimes it may not be possible to repair the damage, which means you’re going to need to replace your pool.

The inside looks rusty

If you have an above ground pool, you’re going to want to keep an eye out for this one. Most above ground pools are made from steel. This makes them sturdy, however it also makes them prone to rust. As well as covering the pool itself, you should have an extra layer of protection around any pipes. There are more rust resistant materials you can choose from for an above ground pool, but the problem is likely to occur again in the future. This problem is not as prevalent with in ground pools, which can save you time and money in the long run. As well as covering the pool itself, you should have an extra layer of protection around any pipes.

If the inside of your pool looks like it’s been stained with rust, you need to consider a new pool. To be certain of the cause you can have your water tested, or you can also check the water yourself to ensure it is clean. If the water looks dirty time and time again, you may need to have your water system upgraded or fixed. You can also hire a pool cleaning contractor to come out and ensure your pool is clean and safe.

Your pool is too small

As your family grows, you’re going to need a bigger pool. An undersized pool can be a safety risk as it’s not big enough to accommodate everyone safely. Do you want to start hosting events at your home that involve lots of guests? Having a larger pool means you can invite more people and offer a much more welcoming space than if you keep your smaller one. Having a pool that can safely accommodate everyone ensures a memorable and safe experience.

Making the decision to replace your pool is a big one, and there are a lot of factors that go into it.  We even put together a guide on what you should ask a pool contractor before signing a contract. When you’re ready to start your pool upgrade or want to find out more, please fill out the contact form below or give us a call.  We’d love to hear from you!

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