Dealing with an expensive pool equipment repair can be a hassle, especially if you are selling your home or opening your pool for the season. Just like with a car, pool inspections can be the solution to maintenance issues, whether your pool is a few years or a few decades old. Rather than putting it off for another few months, schedule a pool inspection now to identify any small problems before they become big headaches. Here are a few smart reasons why pool maintenance Houston should include regular pool inspection.
Age Before Beauty
Any pool that has a few years on it is bound to have signs of wear and tear, at a minimum. Older gunite or concrete pool may develop cracks in the surface, but even if it is good shape, it can require resurfacing every seven to ten years to keep it in good shape. Vinyl pools usually need a new liner more frequently than a concrete pool, about every five to nine years. Because these surfaces face environmental and chemical exposure every day, they are susceptible to damage over time. A pool inspector looks for cracks or leaks in tile or concrete as well as creases, bubbles, or tears in the vinyl.
Staying in Balance
Another issue that can shorten the lifespan and function of your pool is a chemical imbalance in the water. Homeowners should test the water regularly, especially if they do not close the pool for the cooler season, to keep the acidity in check. Imbalanced water can lead to corrosion of metal surfaces, such as ladders and handrails, along with steps. These metal fixtures are included in pool inspection to look for rust or lose connections that could lead to an injury.
All Hands on Deck
The pool deck can present problems of its own. Cracks or sloping may be an indication that the ground under the pool surface has settled, or it could mean that you leak underground. Either way, it is not a problem to ignore, and the sooner you address it, the better. Sometimes, deck issues are a sign that the pool was not installed correctly, or it could be that a concrete slab compressed the soil. Sinkholes may not be common in the Houston area, but they are not unheard of, and they may be yet another cause of a sloping or cracked deck. These factors may not be visible to you, but they are part of a thorough pool inspection, which includes the area surrounding the pool as well as the equipment and the pool structure itself.
Pool coping is the decorative edge between the deck and the in-ground pool that acts as a frame. While it can use different materials for either a concrete or vinyl surface, it is an essential element that is part of both an inspection and pool cleaning services. Loose tiles or cracks in the coping can lead to sharp edges that may pose a safety hazard for your friends or family. Any shifting or settling under the deck can also harm the coping, and repairing it should be done by a professional. If not done accurately, the coping repair may, in turn, damage the shell or lining of the pool.
Cue the Lights
Do not overlook the underwater pool light, which may need to have the bulb or gasket replaced. Pool lights should trip the breaker to prevent injury, but the homeowner should not attempt any pool equipment repair for electrical features. You don’t need a swimming pool specialist to explain what happens when you put water and electricity together.
The pool surface, deck, and other structures do not do you any good if the pool pump does not work properly. Tinkering around with the pool equipment may do more harm than good, and any repairs handled by a professional may include upgrades to bring your gear up to code if necessary.
Experts in Pool Maintenance Houston
With so many components to keep your pool in tip-top shape, you can see why pool inspection is imperative. Contact Manning Pool Service online or call us at (713) 322-8304 to discuss inspection, cleaning, and maintenance before you plan to buy or sell a house with a pool or just need to get your pool ready for fun in the sun.
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