Possible Problems With Concrete Swimming Pools

Posted by Joe P. on 12/27/2013
All inground pools can be a bit problematic, but concrete pools have a specific set of possible problems that can occur. You want to know what these are before you have the pool installed so that you can stay on top of proper maintenance to prevent problems before they occur. Addressing problems before they worsen will ensure that they are a bit easier to take care of.

Problems with Salt

Saltwater pools have become very popular, but salt can do a number on concrete and cause some major issues. When you have a concrete pool full of saltwater, you will need to refinish it more frequently and will need to address cracks with something like Flexomeric.

Resurfacing

If you do not want to constantly pay for pool resurfacing, make sure that this is included in your warranty. Many pool companies do not include it automatically in the lifetime structure warranty. Read your warranty thoroughly and be sure to clarify and resolve this if it is not included.

The Surface is Rough

You've probably noticed this if you do not wear water shoes when you are in the pool, a surface that is bumpy or even prickly. The roughness will increase with the age of the pool. You will want to talk to the company installing your pool to see what you can do to reduce roughness, especially over the long-term.

Maintenance

Concrete pools require the most maintenance when compared to fiberglass and vinyl pools. For example, you will need to keep a close eye on calcium levels in your pool because if the water does not have enough calcium, it will pull it out of the structure of the pool, leading to issues like increased roughness and pitting. You must also pay close attention to the pH level and make sure that you are brushing and balancing the pool as necessary.

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