Costly Pool Mistakes That Lead to Pool Repairs

by | Dec 20, 2023 | Pool Care

When you own a pool there are many things to keep track of in order to keep your pool clean and running. If you forget to do some things or decide to let them go, you run the risk of problems arising which can lead to costly pool repairs.

Here are some mistakes that can leave you needing to call for pool repairs:

Turning off Your Pool Pump

Running your pool pump requires a good amount of energy and can make your energy bill soar. But, trying to save money by shutting it off can lead to more costly pool repair problems. When the pump and filter run properly they work to keep out debris and decrease algae growth. When you disrupt that cycle you run the risk of debris clogging your pool filter and algae and other bacteria growing.

Although all swimming pools are different, it’s often recommended that you run your pump for 7-8 hours a day during the summer months. This way you can be sure that your pool is getting cleaned properly.

Letting Pets Play in the Pool

Everyone loves their pets, but that doesn’t mean they have to come in the pool with you. When you let your pets in your pool there is a chance that excess pet hair will get in the filter and may even clog some parts. Proper maintenance can reduce this from happening, but keeping your pet out of the pool is the best precaution.

Not Keeping the Pool Full of Water

If you let the water level get too low, the water can’t circulate through the filters. When this happens, you can burn out the pump. You want the water level up to the midpoint of the pool skimmer. That’s the small opening on the pool’s perimeter that leads to the filter. Remember, you won’t hurt the pool by having more water in it, but you can hurt it by not having enough.

It’s much easier (and cheaper) to keep the water level where it should be than to have to replace a pump or some of its parts.

Using the Wrong Chemicals

Besides chlorine, there are many chemicals that can be used in pools. If you’re unsure of what each one does, it’s best not to guess. Throwing in the wrong chemicals can not only irritate your skin and eyes, but it can also cause materials in your pool to deteriorate. When this happens you could be faced with costly leaks.

If you’re unsure what types of chemicals your pool needs take a water sample to your local pool store. They will test your water and tell you which chemicals you need and in what amount. Better yet, schedule regular pool service with Lone Star Pool Services & Maintenance to get your water tested regularly. Our technicians will not only test your water but make sure it is chemically balanced so you don’t have to.

Not Cleaning the Filters

Cleaning the filters is extremely important when you have a pool. You want to clean the filter at least once a month, if not more. If you notice the water is not being cleaned thoroughly, you may want to check it before then. It doesn’t take a long but ignoring it can not only leave dirty water but can make your pool equipment work overtime because the filter is too dirty to do its job. This is another task that can be handled easily when you schedule a regular pool cleaning service.

Not Winterizing Your Pool

Winterizing your pool is time-consuming and can be a bit tedious. But, ignoring the winterizing process is asking for trouble. From ripped liners to frozen pipes, there is a laundry list of problems that can happen when you decide not to winterize your pool.

When your swimming season is over, you want to make sure all pumps and hoses are drained and disconnected. You also want to make sure your pool is covered to keep out debris and protect the liner. These are just some of the simple things you can do to avoid costly pool repairs.

Ignoring Small Leaks & Cracks

If you notice a small leak in or around your pool, don’t ignore it! Sure, it’s small today, but that may not be the case a few weeks down the road. If you take care of small problems when you first notice them, they won’t turn into larger, more expensive problems later.

Remember, it can cost much less to fix a small crack before it leads to a major leak in your pool. When that happens you’re dealing with a much more detailed, expensive job.

Pool Repairs at Lone Star Pool Services & Maintenance

If you notice that you do need pool repairs, Lone Star Pool Services & Maintenance is here to help. We handle all types of repairs including:

Leak Detection & Repair
Mastic Removal & Replacement
Pool Sweeps / Vacuums
Green to Clean
Salt Systems & Chlorinators
Pool & Spa Lights
Pool Heater Repair & Replacement
Timers & Controls
Pool Pumps
Pool Filters

You can count on our experienced technicians to get the job done right and in a timely manner. When you call Lone Star Pool Services you can be confident that our technicians are also licensed and insured.

Call Lone Star Pool Services at 832-928-3017 or fill out our online contact form if you have questions about pool repairs or want to know more about our weekly pool cleaning services.