Signs Your Swimming Pool Needs Professional Repairs

Any swimming pool will eventually need service and repairs. Neglecting the necessary repairs can cause further damage to your pool, potentially costing you time and money. You can make sure your swimming pool stays in good shape by recognizing these signs that your swimming pool needs professional repairs.

How to Tell When Your Swimming Pool Needs Professional Repairs

When you notice that something is amiss with your swimming pool, waiting to address the issue can have dire consequences. What starts as a small leak or crack can become a huge problem if left untreated. A broken pump or clogged pipe can ruin your entire pool if left unfixed.

Some pool maintenance can be done yourself, but it’s important to know your limitations. Trying to fix a problem best left to the professionals can lead to worse problems or even put people in danger. Learn to recognize these signs that you need professional pool repair and save yourself a massive maintenance (or safety) headache in the future.

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Discolored Grout

Over time, the grout in pretty much any swimming pool will become discolored. This is due to a combination of factors. First, there is simple dirt and grime that gets lodged in the tiny spaces in the grout. Second, and more difficult to clean, is discoloration that comes from chemical reactions between the water in your swimming pool and the grout material itself.

If your grout has become discolored, you best solution is acid cleaning. The Pool Butler will drain as much of the pool as is necessary to uncover all of the grout, then wash the grout with an acidic solution that will break down the grime and reverse discoloration. Doing this before the discoloration gets too severe will make the whole process easier and more effective.

Blocked Pipework

You may have noticed that your pool water is becoming dirty and the filter doesn’t seem to be doing its job. If the filter is working properly and your pool water is still dirty, the problem may not be with the filter, but with the piping that draws the water to and from the filter.

Just like roof gutters, the piping that takes water to and from your pool filter is susceptible to pieces of debris that find their way into your pool. Bits of leaves and other natural debris can clog up the pipes, preventing the filter from doing its job. This is not a problem you want to try to solve yourself. You should call in a professional like The Pool Butler, who will go into your pipes and clear out any blockages, so that your filter can do its job and keep your pool water clean.

Blocked Sand Filter

A sand filter is a great way to keep your pool clean. Under the right conditions, a sand filter could continue to do its job for a decade. However, for best results it is recommended to replace the sand every three to five years.

If the sand filter is blocked, you may not be able to get in to change the sand. It’s time to call in a professional, like The Pool Butler, who will unblock the filter and change the sand. Once the filter is unblocked, it is possible to change the sand yourself, but The Pool Butler’s regular maintenance is happy to do it for you.

Malfunctioning Heater

Even on a warm summer day, diving into a freezing cold swimming pool can be a jarring experience. If your heater seems not to be working, there are a number of possible problems. It is possible that the heater is simply not getting adequate water flow to effectively heat the pool. This may require unclogging blocked pipes. The other possibility is that the heater is not getting sufficient airflow to function properly. If the heater is getting the water flow and airflow it needs, it is also possible that the controls are malfunctioning, especially on an older unit.

If your heating unit is aging, failing, or just energy inefficient, The Pool Butler can help determine if it can be repaired or needs replacement. Then they can repair or replace your pools heater as needed.

Cracks in the Walls

Concrete pools, just like concrete sidewalks, can develop cracks over time. The cracks may be due to something as simple as repeated expansion and contraction as the temperature changes. But if cracks are not dealt with quickly, they can develop into much more costly leaks.

When you notice a crack, call The Pool Butler for an initial inspection. If the crack is small enough, it may be able to be sealed. If the cracks are larger or more widespread, your technician may suggest a complete resurfacing. On average, a concrete pool should be resurfaced every three to seven years. Resurfacing proactively, before cracks develop, will save your pool from possible leaks and worse damage.

Broken Lights

Hitting the pool on a hot summer night can be great fun, especially if your pool has working lights. But a broken light raises a dangerous concern: water plus electricity. Of course the pool needs to be drained to make the repair, and the main electricity should be shut off, but there is still reason for the do-it-youselfer to be hesitant. If the done job is done improperly, an incorrectly installed pool light can be incredibly dangerous.

Due to this serious safety concern it is best to leave this job to a professional. The Pool Butler can fix a broken pool light and make sure that it is done right, so everyone can use the pool safely, day or night.

What Can The Pool Butler Do for You

At The Pool Butler, we are proud of our professional service. We offer complete pool maintenance and repair. Whether you just need regular maintenance and pH balancing or some serious repairs, The Pool Butler has you covered. We’re available for regularly scheduled maintenance plans as well as to inspect, diagnose, and treat acute issues.

Why Should You Choose The Pool Butler

There are plenty of reasons why you should be choosing The Pool Butler for all your repair and maintenance needs. Other companies may give vague estimates for repairs.

Some companies will even charge extra for simple things, like common chemicals used in pool maintenance. The Pooh Butler has fair and transparent pricing, with clear and simple estimates. Our maintenance fee is flat and we don’t charge extra for basic tools and materials.

The Pool Butler is local. Some national companies have high turnover rates and go through lots of technicians on a regular basis. Often, these companies end up hiring the wrong kinds of technicians, providing subpar service. With The Pool Butler, you get a company that is also a responsible member of the community. Our employees are highly trained professionals and will always provide you with the best service.

When you work with The Pool Butler, you can rest assured that we will address all your swimming pool maintenance and repair needs. Other companies provide one or two services. The Pool Butler has a wide range of services, so you can be sure we can do whatever your pool needs.

The Pool Butler can be there on time and when you need us. We are quick and responsive. Some other companies may be so understaffed that they skip pool cleanings with no warning, or just never answer your calls. The Pool Butler values your time and your business, and we are ready when you are.

To find out more about what makes The Pool Butler the right choice, check out our testimonials!

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