Yes, we all want to save money on pool maintenance and this is a fact of life. Pool professionals will often try to sell you on doing minor pool repairs as soon as possible. A common problem with many pool owners is that they will defer repairs until such a time where it is already impossible to use the pool because of the damage. What many pool owners don’t realize is that saving for last-minute pool repairs will actually end up costing more than doing incremental repairs.
Your pool and the elements doesn’t care about your budget or your sentiment towards pool professionals. The elements will keep eating away at your pool even if you don’t use it! People think that if they allow their pools to hibernate and the damage won’t worsen and this is a very dangerous way to go about it. A very good analogy is to compare pool damage with car damage. If your engine has problems, or if you have a flat, you don’t continue to use your car, you have it repaired because continuing to use it will just destroy it.
Here’s a solid example of a minor problem that cascades into a problem that causes thousands of dollars in repair bills.
You notice a crack on your pool surface and you have a pool professional look it over and he tells you that it would take partial draining of your pool and a bit of plaster to fix, maximum cost of a few hundred dollars. You think to yourself, it’s minor, and you just defer it and you forget about it. The crack becomes a home for algae and the constant usage chips away at the edges of the crack and widening it. Over the months, the crack reaches a rebar and rust starts to leak into your pool, messing up your water balance and causing stains. This makes your balancing cost more, but the crack is still out of mind.
The crack widens and “runs” up your pool hitting your coping, causing more damage, or it runs down your pool and will now require a full draining to repair. And so on an so forth.
What started out as a minor repair which would have cost a few hundred dollars, and because of prejudice against pool professionals on how they’re all out to get you have already cost hundreds in additional chemical balancing costs and will now require a full draining of your pool and possibly thousands in repair costs! So what’s the lesson? Any type of pool damage should be fixed as soon as possible, if you’re unhappy with a quote someone gives you, then get a quote somewhere else, but at the end, get the damage fixed ASAP.