Having problems with your swimming pool? Do you want to remodel your pool but you need more information? It is important to make sure that you are informed about your swimming pool remodel before you choose your pool company.
Remodeling the outside is great, but what about...
There is a lot to consider when remodeling your swimming pool: First, if you have a 20-year-old pool or older, we always suggest re-plumbing the pool because older pools may have either copper plumbing or brittle PVC. When PVC is stressed by soil conditions, the pipe can crack at almost any time. However, the odds of this increase significantly if the pipes are old. It's always a shame to see a nice, fresh pool remodel that suddenly develops a problem that can not be solved without removing a piece of deck. If you have to remove concrete, the replacement concrete will almost never match. Although it is very labor intensive, removing the concrete and installing all new plumbing is well worth the money in the long run.
Second, some folks feel they should replace their pool equipment at the same time as the remodel. Newer equipment is certainly more quiet and energy efficient, but it is not necessary to replace old equipment if you are not having any problems with it. Your pool equipment and your pool remodel are usually two separate issues. There have been times over our lengthy career that the client has noticed issues with their pool equipment that they hadn't noticed before, such as: faulty wiring, leaky pumps, etc. Although all of these issues can be fixed, the repairs are not necessarily apart of the pool remodel.
It is also common on very old pools to have structural cracking. Cracking creates the biggest challenge for the home owner and the pool builder. The most common ways that cracks are repaired (or covered up) is to chip out around the crack and install epoxy caulking. I always hate to hear about people doing this because it is a temporary fix. Imagine the joy you feel after spending 6,000 to 12,000 dollars on plaster and then seeing another crack in the same exact place two weeks, two months, or two years later. We suggest going to the source of the problem which is almost always soil condition. Since you can't go back and replace the piers, we rely on soil chemical stabilization instead. This consists of drilling holes through the shell of the pool and injecting chemicals to stop soil movement. Soil stabilization drastically improves the odds that you will not have any more cracking in your pool. However, if your pool is ten-years-old or less and has severe cracking, it maybe too far gone to repair. In that case, the solution will be the chemical soil stabilization and to build a new pool shell inside the old pool shell. At this point, some folks would just remove the pool and throw in the towel, and I can't really say I blame them, but there is almost always a solution to the problem!
Those are just a few logistical reasons to consider a remodel. Stay tuned for Part II of this blog where we will discuss the visual benefits of giving your backyard a little face-lift.
At Natural Stone Pools we look at what your backyard environment will be, not what it is today.