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Pool Restoration

Bob Russell | June 12, 2014 in Pool,Pool renovations,Pool Service,Uncategorized | Comments (0)

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Pool Restoration

Here are some important considerations for those deciding to renovate or restore a swimming pool in Connecticut.

I took this first picture during a pool inspection around 2008. Note the hairline crack just above tile and beneath coping stones. I told the pool owner, “…you will begin to lose tile in this area in 2-3  years.

The second picture was taken in 2010. Same pool, same area.

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Did you know that tile problems are almost always a symptom of coping problems?

Coping problems can be related to expansion joint problems (or lack of expansion joint).

Or, they can simply be normal pool maintenance because we live in the North east and have harsh Winters.

The point of my anecdote: When you decide it is time to restore your swimming pool to it’s original glory, be sure to find an experienced (and licensed, by the way) expert who will not only attempt to sell you a tile job; or re-set coping stones and re-surface your pool, find someone who can spot why something failed; someone who understands how to repair in such a way that you don’t have to do this again for a long time.

In my experience as a pool inspector, the #1 reason for coping/ tile problems is inadequate expansion joints. The #2 cause is inadequate drainage around pool.

#3 is the fact you own a pool in New England! Seasonal changes are just rough on masonry!


Root Causes and Codes

The second and final point I’d like to make in this post is this: once you have an expert who understands root causes of problems and can offer long-lasting solutions, be sure your pool repairs are done in accordance with local and state codes. This is not just good advice, it is the law:

  1. Pool renovation and restoration work must be done by licensed companies using licensed employees.
  2. Current pool building standards apply to renovation or restoration work.

One example of this is the so-called, “anti-entrapment codes.”

When re-surfacing a swimming pool in Connecticut, the pool is to be brought into current building and safety standards. There may be some variation in interpretation of the building code from town to town, but essentially, every pool that is having any kind of permanent changes made to the circulation system must be brought to current building standards- this includes preparation work for re-surfacing!

These standards include splitting floor suction outlets 3′ apart AND employing a third “dummy drain” for water table management.

This is a picture of us doing just that on a recent pool restoration project.










We’ll continue on the subject in my next post.

Thank you for reading.

Enjoy the Summer!