Summer is almost here in the Twin Cities, which means pool season is right around the corner! But if your pool isn't in the greatest shape, whether because it's old or you've neglected routine pool maintenance, chances are you won't enjoy it as much as you could. 

There comes a time in every pool's life when renovations and updates become necessary. If your pool is exhibiting any of the following issues, it's time to start seriously thinking about hiring the pros for a few swimming pool renovations. 

Visible Plaster Damage

If you have a plaster pool and the walls are visibly damaged or deteriorated, it's well past time to schedule swimming pool renovations. Cracks in the pool's surface can lead to serious leaks, a major problem you don't want to deal with. 

Other forms of damage, like staining and deterioration, can usually be solved with acid washing, which is recommended at five- to seven-year intervals.  

Damage to the Pool Liner

No pool liner lasts forever. If yours is showing obvious signs of damage or deterioration, it's time to start thinking about scheduling a swimming pool liner replacement with a pro. 

Here are the red flags you'll want to keep an eye out for:

  • Serious color fading

  • Recurring wrinkles, which may indicate you have the wrong size liner

  • Staining or discoloration that won't go away 

  • Cracks or tears

  • Off-track liner beads

Damage to the Pool Deck

Damaged pool decking is a safety hazard no pool owner should ever ignore. Cracked decking, damaged coping, warping, and erosion can also present a safety risk to anyone who uses your pool, especially children who may not realize hazards are present.  

To maintain optimal safety, have a pool repair professional look at your decking to determine the best course of action for fixing the existing issues. It's also in your best interest to get to the root of whatever caused the damage in the first place and address that issue, too.  

Increasing Operational Expenses

Does it seem like your pool is getting increasingly more expensive to operate and maintain? If your electric bills are growing and your pool seems to be the culprit, that's a good sign that its operational equipment is becoming less efficient. 

Replacing the affected components – inefficient pool pumps and filters are two common electricity hogs – can help lower your energy bills and ensure long-term pool performance.  

Frequent Need for Repairs

If your pool equipment seems to break down regularly, it may be time to start thinking about a few pool renovations. Pool equipment naturally experiences a drop-off in efficiency as it ages, and eventually, it becomes more vulnerable to serious problems that can cause breakdowns. 

While calling for pool repair services may not be inconvenient, repair costs can add up over time. Depending on the frequency with which you need repairs, replacing your existing pool equipment may be more cost-effective. 

A few updates every pool owner should eventually consider for their aging pool include:

The Pump Is on the Fritz

You need a strong pump to circulate the water in your pool so it stays clean and clear. Suppose you're noticing that it's not functioning like normal or it's making strange noises like grinding or screeching. In that case, it's tripping your circuit breaker and overloading the circuits, or if it's over 11 to 15 years old, it's recommended to consider a replacement.

Your Automatic Pool Cover is Looking Worse for Wear 

Automatic pool covers are a fantastic investment because they keep your pool cleaner, decrease the amount of wear and tear on the system, and save you the time and effort to open and close the cover yourself. 

Over time, the fabric will start to wear down, so if you are experiencing issues like fraying or discoloration, the fabric is turning stiff or brittle, or you're starting to see leaks, tears, and holes, it may be time to call an expert for an assessment.

The Pool Plumbing is Leaking 

It's no secret that upkeep on pools can be costly, and if it starts to leak, this can affect every area of your life, from your property to your pocketbook. If you have to keep adding excess water to keep it level, you have ground around the pool that's constantly soggy. Or, if you're seeing cracks in your pool deck, these are also indicators you have a plumbing leak, and without repair, it will just continue to damage your property and your bank account. 

Need Swimming Pool Renovations in the Twin Cities? 

If your Twin Cities pool is due for a few updates or renovations, let our team at Royal Pool & Spa help you out! 

We specialize in swimming pool liner replacement, pool coping, pool painting, acid washing, routine swimming pool maintenance, repair services, and much more. Our technicians have at least ten years of experience in the pool industry, and we've proudly served White Bear Lake, Minnesota, and the surrounding areas since 1988.

To schedule an appointment or learn more about our pool renovation services, give us a call today at 651-779-7606, contact us online, or request a quote!