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What Happens When You Don’t Maintain Pools

by Nov 8, 2019Pool Tips0 comments

Pools have always provided a sense of entertainment and relaxation for homeowners, hotel guests, and basically for anyone. A dip in the pool during a hot summer day can instantly refresh the body. Swimming laps can give the body the exercise it needs. Just hanging around in the pool with some friends, playing some games is also a fun way to spend a summer day. Swimming is even known to be a useful activity to lower depression and other mental health illnesses.

However, the days go by, and green and black algae are starting to form around the pool. The water is also becoming cloudy. Rust can also be seen on the pool’s flooring. What used to be the favorite hangout spot of most people has become deserted all because the pool was poorly maintained.

Whether the pool is in a commercial space, home, or hotel, there must be equal efforts to provide the maintenance that it needs. Keeping a pool is no joke. It is not as easy as cleaning a bathtub. The cleaning can’t be done just once or twice a month. It has to be done regularly, or else the damage might be too costly to repair especially if you have a pool in your home.

Let us share with you what happens if you do not maintain your pool as early as now.

1. Rust and Corrosion

Rust and Corrosion
Pools are usually made out of PVC plastic, galvanized steel or metal, fiberglass, concrete, and polyurethane foam. There are plenty of reasons why rust and corrosion happen in your pool.

First, it can be because of oxidized iron in the water. The water that you use to fill your pool may contain metal. Second, “clear water” rusts when it comes into contact with the air. Third, a bacterial iron problem can cause rust and corrosion. This bacterial iron problem is due to living organisms that like to feed on iron, which is found in the pool water.

Fourth, rebar and concrete rust will also cause more rust and corrosion. The rebar is what you call the intersecting metal shafts found under the plaster of the pool. When this rebar rusts, this can cause an even bigger rust problem for your pool.

Finally, metal items found in the pool is a factor. Suppose a swimmer accidentally drops a metal item in the pool like a bobby pin or a pop can; this can also cause rust in your pool.

But rust is typical, right? It happens. Yes, it does happen because of poor maintenance. Rust has a lot of adverse effects aside from the displeasing sight that it brings to your visitors, guests, or to yourself.

Rust problems can damage the structural integrity of the whole pool and not just in specific areas such as the pool’s rebar. Rust will soon spread out to the whole framework of the pool until it is no longer a safe place for swimming.

Rust and corrosion will also damage the safety of the water in the pool, which will make the pool no longer convenient for people to swim in.

For minor rust and corrosion, a simple chemical solution can fix this. However, if you have left rust and corrosion to spread out to your pool’s framework, you may need to replace the rusted parts, which are usually very expensive. Therefore, to avoid big expenditures, invest in excellent pool maintenance.

2. Algae

Algae
With reduced maintenance also comes the possibility of algae in the pool. Algae forms when the dirt in your pool has stayed more than it should be. Due to the dirt, this allows for certain organisms to grow under the water and even on the pool’s surface.

Since algae are bacteria, it cannot be seen with the naked eye. Therefore, when you see some sort of black or green substance clumped together under your pool or on the pool’s surface, that is already too many algae in your pool. That means your pool needs more vacuuming. Tests shall also be conducted to ensure that the pool’s chemistry matches the specifics of your pool’s test kit, which will keep organisms from growing in your pool.

3. Extremely Cold Water

While cold water can be incredibly refreshing, it is a sign that your pool was poorly maintained. Cold water indicates that your heating equipment may be malfunctioning.

4. Stress

Stress will be inevitable with poor pool maintenance. Imagine if you have left your pool with dirt and rust, then suddenly having guests coming in. It will be frustrating to make emergency calls and expensive rush bookings.

5. Expenses

Maintaining your pool might sound expensive. However, it is actually more costly to have rush bookings to clean up pool dirt rather than having it maintained in the first place. What is worse is that the damages in your pool, such as the formation of rust, can no longer be removed by simply vacuuming. Sometimes, the parts will already need to be replaced, and this can end up costing you a lot.
Maintaining your pool might sound expensive. However, it is actually more costly to have rush bookings to clean up pool dirt rather than having it maintained in the first place. What is worse is that the damages in your pool, such as the formation of rust, can no longer be removed by simply vacuuming. Sometimes, the parts will already need to be replaced, and this can end up costing you a lot.

Who Do You Call?

Who Do You Call?

Whether you are an owner of a pool at your home or a manager of a hotel or commercial space with a pool, you would definitely want to avoid all of those mentioned above. The simplest way to prevent this from happening is to hire a team that will regularly check up on your pool, fix any problems, and have the right equipment to do the pool maintenance.

You need Crazy Legs Pool Service which has 20 years of experience with pool maintenance. We specialize in Community-Homeowner Associations and Commercial Properties for Rehoboth, Lewes, Millsboro, Bethany Beach, Milton, Georgetown, Milford, Dagsboro, Selbyville, and surrounding areas. We want to take away the stress of maintaining your pool. Call us at 302-682-9400 so that you can keep swimming today!