Simple Above Ground Pool Leak Repair
Installing an above ground swimming pool in your backyard is an investment in your family. Not only can it be a budget-friendly option, but it is also easy to maintain and, with proper care, a high-quality above ground swimming pool can last over 25 years. As well, if you move to another house, you can easily disassemble an above ground swimming pool so it can be set up elsewhere. One common issue to look out for to prolong the life of your pool is leak repair. Luckily, leak repair for an above ground pool is simple with the right information and tools in hand.
Above ground swimming pools typically use vinyl liners, which can last up to 12 years. You can get the most out of your pool liner by keeping it covered when not in use. A common source of pool leaks is a rip in this liner caused by sharp objects cutting into the pool edges or the floor. This can be something as simple as a stray rock, tree branch, broken toy, or even a piece of glass. Even one tear in your pool liner left for a period of time can drastically reduce the life of the liner. If you notice a leak caused by a tear in your pool liner, it can be easily repaired with a patch kit, especially for above ground swimming pools. Patches aren’t a long-term solution, but they can last a while if repaired correctly.
Another common leak around an above ground pool is a skimmer leak. The skimmer for an above ground pool pulls water from the pool through the filter system – when it is good working order. If you opt for a large pool, you may need to install more than one skimmer based on the square footage of the pool. The most important parts of a pool skimmer are the lid, the removable basket, and three valves. A skimmer will catch debris before it enters the filter. However, it can become damaged or loosened and cause a leak. One common skimmer lean occurs when the edges loosen, and water is pulled through the sides as well as the mouth. If you see the pool’s water levels dropping quickly and leveling off around the mouth, you likely have a skimmer leak.
Pump and Filter
Every above ground swimming pool has a pump and filter – they are necessary to keep your pool clean and prolong its life. When your skimmer is clogged, it can cause the pool pump to leak. This can be repaired by first turning off the pool pump and removing the skimmer and cleaning out its contents. Your pool pump may also leak if air enters the pump instead of the intended water. When air is pulled into the return lines or intake, this reduces the filtered water from properly returning to the pool. Pressure builds in the lines. One way to prevent this is to make sure the pump and filter both stay dry. If there is a leak in the seal shaft, turn off the pump and call a professional. In this case, it is more than clearing the clog.
When it comes to repairing common leaks in your above ground pool, you don’t often need to consult a professional. However, it is better to be safe than sorry. Attempting to fix a complicated leak or more significant repair on your own can be costly.
Above Ground Pool Skimmers
Above Ground Pool Skimmers
This brief article is about one of the most overlooked and least expensive parts of the above ground swimming pool, the skimmer box. The pool skimmer is responsible for the transfer of water from the pool to the filter system. And because it is one of the only openings cut into the pool liner and pool wall, it is often the source for leaks and corrosion. (more…)
Draining And Cleaning A Green Above Ground Pool
How To Clean A Green Above Ground Pool
Spring is in the air, or at least in the minds of many swimming pool owners this time of year. Depending on where you live, getting your pool ready for spring opening may be as simple as removing the pool cover and letting the sun’s rays warm up the water. But for many others, our unprotected swimming pool is going to require a little more work to whip it into shape for the hot summer months ahead.
Most above ground pools turn green over the off season from of a lack of chlorine and if left all winter without a pool cover, piles of debris can accumulate on the pool’s bottom making spring clean up a chore. Sometimes this mess can be overwhelming and draining the pool to clean it up is the easiest path to recovery. This is OK as long as it is done correctly.
Draining An Above Ground Pool
Start by draining the above ground pool with a sump pump, siphon, or other means. Drain the water down leaving a foot or so of water in the pool. You could drain it down even lower but you must work fast as the sun will cause the pool liner shrink in as little as a day! Once the liner shrinks it will not stretch back again, resulting in it splitting or pulling down off the pool wall. If this occurs you will need to replace the pool liner and possibly some of the accessories like plastic coping or skimmer gaskets.
A good way to get a jump on this project is to drain the pool the night before. Having it empty or nearly empty in the morning will allow plenty of time to clean it up before the heat of the day begins to work on your vinyl pool liner. (more…)
Coping Strips For Above Ground Pool Liners
After so many years of service, your swimming pool liner and coping strips in your above ground pool will need to be replaced. No one wants to do it but we often cannot avoid it. But doing this is usually better for your pool than leaving the old liner in too long. Pool liners can develop leaks that go undetected and harsh chlorinated water will leak against the pool sides, encouraging corrosion. This is the time to give your pool a tune up and ready it for another long round of service.
After removing your pool liner it is time to deal with any rust issues and access the need for replacement parts. We covered this in another blog in much greater detail so if you care to read more about pool rust repair just click here. Once you have determined your pool is in good shape it is time to get the right parts and put it back together. (more…)
Rusty Swimming Pool Top Ledges Or Top Rails
Rusted or corroded swimming pool top rails and parts often become a problem for many pool owners eventually. The rust is caused by nature’s elements like moisture and sun, or from corrosive chemicals like chlorine, salt, acid etc. Over time the effects take their toll on the coatings protecting the metal parts of the average above ground pool. But there are a few things you can do to fight back and prolong the life of your pool.
Assess The Damage
Anytime is a good time to perform maintenance on your pool. However during a liner change or during your initial Spring start up is often the most appropriate. (more…)
Above Ground Pool Liner Installation Tips
Whether you are putting a pool liner in a brand new swimming pool or replacing an old liner, it is a good idea to make the most of your investment. Installing your new pool liner correctly will add to the longevity of both the new pool liner as well as the pool itself. Follow along as we briefly discuss the common mistakes made when installing an above ground pool liner and how to avoid them.
It likely goes without saying but unwanted moisture is the primary cause of premature corrosion of the pool wall and frame. And the majority of the problem can be prevented or stopped with a few simple steps. Fortunately for those of you about to install or replace the liner in your above ground pool, this is the perfect time to ensure your pool will deliver fun and relaxation for years to come. (more…)
Rusty Pool Walls
In all, an above ground pool is a very worthy investment. Where else can you have decades of fun for such a small amount of money. However, eventually your investment may need may need some additional help to keep delivering the good times. It would likely last forever if it did not eventually succumb to corrosion, this includes aluminum pools and pool walls too.
Regardless of the type of metal your pool is constructed of, it going to happen to most every above ground pool owner sooner or later. I am referring to the discovery you find when it comes time to replace the liner in your above ground pool. You dig and and upon the liner’s removal you discover rust on the inside of the pool wall. Your heart sinks at the thought of not being able to use your pool again or the possibility of having to spend money to replace it. (more…)
How To Measure For An Above Ground Pool Liner
Pool season comes around every Spring and many of us dread and delay changing that old leaky faded swimming pool liner. Unfortunately they don’t last forever and changing the liner in your above ground pool is something that most of us will have to do at some point. We are faced with the realization we can’t limp it along another season, so the plan is to get it changed at the first hint of warm weather.
For many of you the time to start planning this project is drawing near. While liner changes are certainly nothing to look forward to, they are nothing to fear either. The task of pool liner replacement usually only requires minimal tools, possibly a couple of liner accessories and a few hours of your time. With a little forethought you will be able to achieve stellar results in as little as half a day. But before you go ripping that pool apart, let’s make sure you get the correct liner for your pool. (more…)