How often do you look out into your backyard and think about how wonderful it looks but then gaze at your pool, with its cracks and faded appearance, and wish you could fix it? Many times people put off projects like that because, even though they are quite handy at most things, resurfacing a pool isn’t one of them. They wouldn’t know where to begin or have the right tools for the job either. That’s when it would be a good idea to call a pool resurfacing company and let them handle the job for you.
Here are some tips on doing the job yourself, read through them and decide what you should do.
Of course, you’re going to have to completely empty the pool of water. This sounds pretty easy but failure to follow some careful guidelines can get you into trouble. There are a bunch of things you’re going to want to do while there isn’t any water in the pool as well, and you’ll need to prepare for them while it’s still full of water.
The first thing to do is turn on all of the pool lights and make note of any burned out bulbs. Once the water had been emptied, you’ll want to make sure you replace all the bad bulbs but you won’t be able to turn the electrical circuits back on to check the bulbs in many cases so check before you empty the water and mark the bulbs that need replacing.
This is an incredibly important step for most pools. Some might have some safeguards that automatically stop the heater, pump, lights, and filter in low water situations, but don’t take a chance. If your heater is on when the water is draining it will burn out immediately when the water gets low. The filter pump will last a little longer but will still be ruined when it starts to suck air for too long. Turn off all of the power and test everything to make sure before starting to drain the pool.
Some pools will have a built-in system for eliminating all of the water, but most will not, and you’ll have to rent a submersible pump with a long hose to jettison the water to a safe drain some distance away, you’ll need to be careful, many neighbors won’t want thousands of gallons of your pool water in their yards either. Get enough hose to get to a storm drain in the street if possible. If not, there is usually a sewer drain clean-out next to your home that you can use instead. Some cities prohibit draining pool water directly into the street. The final bit of water will have to be vacuumed up with a shop vac until it’s all gone.
The next step is going to be to sandblast the old surface of the pool completely off. To prepare for this step, you’ll have to cover as much of the surrounding area around the pool with plastic covers. Plus, any part of the pool surface area, like the lights, will need to be protected as well. Then the water inlets and drains blocked since you don’t want sand or old paint entering those either. This process takes more time in preparation and clean up than the actual sandblasting. Failure to prepare adequately can cause huge problems with cleanup later.
After all of the old surface is removed and all of the sand is completely cleaned up every single grain, then it’s time to do minor repairs to small cracks and pits in the surface before starting the resurfacing step. The patching is a little slow and painstaking but totally necessary for a nice finish with no defects.
This is the stage where you’ll want to install any new tiling that you want to change. It will take a few days to complete but while the pool is empty of water and stripped of surface materials is absolutely the best time to remove old tiles, change the grout, and fix any masonry around the pool. Everything will need to be completely done, set, and dried before going on to the final steps.
While the tiles and masonry are setting, it’s a good time to do the plumbing inspection and replacement. All plumbing pipes that are old or leaking should be replaced with modern, higher quality piping with the best glues or cement to hold them together. Some technologies have advanced since many older pools were built and now is a good time to update everything. A pool resurfacing contractor will usually have several separate teams that specialize in the different steps.
There are a wide variety of surface materials that can be used on pools. Some are made to last a decade or more without deteriorating. The new advanced surfacing materials hold their colors longer, are easier to clean, and don’t peel for many more years than before. You’ll have to decide when you talk to your pool resurfacing company, which is the option for you and your budget.
If you’re planning on doing some of these steps yourself, you’ll want to speak to the representative that comes to your home and gives you an estimate. While it is possible for the homeowner to do the entire project, like anything else, you’ll most likely struggle the first and second time you try. So you have to decide if that’s the look you want to live within your backyard for the next 20 years.
Also read, Complexities of Pool Resurfacing in our next article.