It's no secret: pool repair is one of the most dreaded realities of being a swimming pool owner.
Regardless of how important pool repair may be when it comes to fixing your pool's issues and restoring it back to functionality, the cost and timeline of a pool repair from some companies is enough to make most homeowners simply put repairs off for as long as possible
However, neglecting repairs can compound your pool's problems even more, which could end up costing you more in the long run. This is why fixing any issues when they arise is key to both enjoying your pool now and in the future.
Before opting for pool repair, you must first diagnose the issue, which could be easier said than done. This is why having a professional -- like The Pool Butler -- to turn to is of such a benefit, as they will be able to pinpoint any issues with your pool and will know exactly how to rectify them.
With that said, it’s important to know just what issues exactly can cause damage to your swimming pool when it comes to preventing problems and expediting the repair process. After all, if you can let your pool repair technician know of the issues your pool is experiencing, there may not be a need to waste time with an inspection -- and you’ll be able to begin your repairs immediately.
Here are just a few of the most common swimming pool issues a homeowner may run into:
Without correct chemical levels, pools are great places for bacteria and fungus to grow – organisms can start creating their own little ecosystems that can quickly overtake the pool.
Everybody agrees algae in a pool is disgusting, but worse: exposure to even small amounts of specific pool-common bacteria can make illness a real possibility.
Bacteria levels are kept at bay by addition of chemical. One of the most commonly used pool sanitizers among other disinfectants is pool chlorine, either in liquid form (sodium hypochlorite) or solid form (calcium hypochlorite). When chlorine reacts with the water, it creates hydrochlorous acid. The acid destroys bacteria, disintegrating the cells’ internal structures to kill them.
Someone facing a pool algae or bacteria problem may resort to a chemical shock known as “superchlorination”: intentional over chlorination of a pool that acts like a slow time-lapsed EMP of sorts. This shock to the pool’s budding ecosystem essentially wipes out algae and bacteria over time.
However, if unknowing swimmers begin revisiting the pool before chemical levels have naturally receded to appropriate levels, they can experience other unwelcome issues. Exposure to too much chlorine can cause skin redness and rash and respiratory irritation.
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Over time, vinyl liners will start to show signs of wear; the color might fade, and the material can become less resilient. Eventually, you might discover small cracks or leaks in the lining, which will need to be patched or replaced.
These problems are especially common over the winter, when ice puts extra pressure on your lining and can even scrape the sides when your pool begins to thaw. The Pool Butler can repair vinyl pool liners.
Algae spores constantly enter the pool, brought in by wind, rain or even contaminated swimsuits or pool cleaning tools. When conditions are right, an algae bloom can occur in a matter of hours.
These conditions include out of balance water, warm temperatures, sunlight and presence of nitrates, phosphates and/or carbon dioxide. A lack of proper circulation, filtration and sanitation is usually a contributing or the primary cause of pool algae.
Algae are a living aquatic creature that multiplies rapidly on warm, sunny days. Containing chlorophyll, algae utilizes photosynthesis to grow. That is, they take in carbon dioxide and expend oxygen as a byproduct. Algae can grow in the shade or sun, but most pool algae strains need some light to grow.
Pool Pump Problems
As pool technicians, we hear these everyday: “My pump is on but the water is not moving.” or “Why is there water leaking from under my pump?” Both these and many others are signs of a failing pool pump, however, the source of the fault varies.
The key to diagnosing the pump is understanding its parts’ functions and what happens when a certain part is failing. Knowing what to look for allows you as a homeowner to identify and fix the problem yourself, thereby saving money.
Or if you’re not up for the job, be able to explain the issue to a pool technician so they can fix your pump. Most importantly, being educated on your pump prevents you from being pushed into buying unnecessary parts by your poolman.
Pool Pump Woes: Problems with your pool's pumping system could be complex to fix.
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Broken Pool Lights
Broken lights are a repair job you should never attempt yourself. This task can be extremely dangerous due to the live electricity and conductivity of the swimming pool. A professional will have the necessary knowledge and equipment to complete the job safely.
The most common type of pool light repair involves a simple light bulb and light gasket replacement. If the light bulb is replaced quickly, more extensive damage can often be prevented to the light fixture.
This reduces the chances of needing further pool light repairs. Our typical pool light repair takes 1 to 1.5 hours to complete. It depends on what area of the pool the light is located and if we need to enter the water to remove the light fixture.
Another common problem is a failing lens gasket. A leak through the watertight front rubber gasket between the lens and the fixture can cause the light to short out.
After long periods of moisture exposure, the pool light fixture can become corroded and cause the light to fail permanently. A new pool light will then need to be installed.
When you’re looking for pool repair or installation services, call (770)439-2644 to speak with one of the helpful professionals at The Pool Butler. You can also visit our website for more information. Regardless of the state of your pool, you should periodically inspect your pool’s equipment, including the pumps, filters, and heaters, or hire a professional to perform this maintenance for you.
Hiring The Right Pool Repair Company In Atlanta
A swimming pool is an excellent addition to any home, adding beauty to your landscape and offering countless hours of fun and relaxation. But, like anything of value, pools require maintenance and occasional repairs.
When residents throughout Atlanta need assistance with their pools, they turn to the pool repair experts at The Pool Butler. Having served metro Atlanta for many years with exceptional service, our company is the go-to for all of your swimming pool needs.