How can you tell if your pool needs to be resurfaced? Plaster pool surfaces usually only last 10 years. If your pool is older than that, it should undergo pool resurfacing as soon as possible.
It’s also important to keep an eye out for the warning signs of wear and tear on your pool’s surface. The usual warning signs are:
- Staining – Over time, minerals, chemicals and organic debris like leaves will leave behind stubborn stains.
- Erosion marks – Routine pool maintenance can help mitigate the effects of wear and tear. But, in the long run, wear and tear will eventually create erosion marks, which are a natural consequence of water moving against the pool surface over a period of time.
How often should you have your pool maintained? As a rule of thumb, your pool should be cleaned at least once a week, although this might vary depending on how often it’s used.
- Rough areas in your pool – Feet scuffed by rough areas in your pool are a sure sign your pool needs to be resurfaced. While they’re usually the result of prolonged wear and tear, an imbalance in the pool’s potential hydrogen (pH) levels, damage to the surface or incorrect surfacing might also be to blame.
- Corroded tile grout – Tile pool surfaces last longer than surfaces made of plaster. However, without routine maintenance, the tile grout might suffer premature aging.
- An unexplained drop in the pool’s water levels – Cracks in the pool surface are usually the main suspect behind low levels of water in the pool.
Why It’s Important to Hire a Qualified Pool Professional
Keep in mind that aside from natural wear and tear, the usual culprit behind corroded tile grout and cracks in the pool’s surface is shoddy tile installation or pool resurfacing work. That’s why it’s important to vet a pool company before hiring one.