If you have a concrete pool, it's likely that you have your own unique set of issues that aren't as easy to tackle as dealing with an above-ground pool. Thankfully, we're going to explain how to solve common problems that come with concrete pools and how to avoid such issues in the future.
Common Concrete Pool Issues
Concrete pools carry more responsibility than above-ground pools, so it's important to know when (or why) a certain issue is arising. To identify such issues, you'll have to look for such problems as:
● Discoloration - Plaster can stain easily because it's porous. To avoid discolored water, you'll need to test your water weekly and fix the chemical levels if necessary. Although discoloration can be briefly treated with a quick acid wash, it will likely return again.
● Scaling - If you have improper levels of calcium, alkalinity, or pH, you'll begin to see scaling. Scaling is a deposit/buildup of calcium and/or other minerals. To avoid such a buildup, it's important to brush your pool's walls, dilute any acid before it is added to your water, and add salt once 30 days have passed post plastering.
● Craze Cracking - A craze crack occurs when shrinkage causes a slight crack on the surface. Although the pool won't be leaking water, you may begin seeing problems such as calcium nodules, algae, or staining. If this is the case, your pool will need a replaster.
● Structural Cracking - If the shell of the pool itself cracks, the issue normally stems from incorrect construction or design. Whenever a concrete pool is engineered, it needs to be built so it can handle expansive or unstable soil. From here, it must be made as instructed. If the pool fails at either of these qualifications, it will leak water.
● Rough Surfacing - Although concrete pools tend to be rough, an exposed surface of a concrete pool can drain any fun you could have on a warm, summer day. This problem often stems from a negative environment, delamination, excessive crazing, or a rising pH. To eliminate this problem, you'll have to acid wash, shave, or sand the rougher parts. However, you'll need to have the pool replastered in the event it gets rough again.
Considering the information above, there are quite a few things you must stay on top of when it comes to keeping their concrete pool in great shape. Thankfully, Royal Pool & Spa is here to help you do so. Contact us today so we can keep your pool looking great!