Replacing your swimming pool liner

Changing  your swimming pool liner?

It may be that your swimming pool liner is leaking, or the colour has faded so you’re considering changing the old liner.

A new liner makes a lot of difference however, before you have your old pool liner, changed,

  1. Think about having the stone coping and deck surround pressure cleaned. There’s nothing worse than  to notice after the liner is installed that the surrounds look tatty and bedraggled…

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    A green swimming pool doesn’t mean there’s a problem with the liner. just needs treating and a good once over.
  2. Look around your swimming pool to see if there are any loose or chipped coping stones? You may want to replace these as they potentially catch a swimmers foot and other parts of the body. (Especially the younger swimmers and toddlers)
  3. If there is loose or damaged pool coping, decide whether to change some or all of them.
  4. If you favour changing all of the coping, your swimming pool will look like the first time it was installed, brand new, fresh and clean again.
  5. Furthermore, ask the pool liner installers, (before the order goes through to the liner manufacturers) that you wish to look at a sample book, so you can consider an alternative pattern or colour.
  6. Don’t forget about the pool decking. If you have paving around your pool you should check for loose, cracked or wobbly paving. These again are unsafe for pool users and should be repaired, relayed or replaced before the pool liner is installed and you start using your swimming pool.

It is nice to see an old swimming pool renovated and look revamped and new again. Automatic pool covers keep the debris down and there’s less maintenance to do to the pool water

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This renovated swimming pool has hinged ladders so the new automatic pool cover can close over the pool. Cover by Coverstar

A good idea is to take some photo’s of your swimming pool as it is now, during and when the pool liner is replaced and the pool is finished.

Call us if you need advice  or you need a swimming pool surveyed. We cover most areas of England and Wales. From Monmouthshire to Swansea up to Hereford Worcester across to Oxford down Bath Usk to Buckinghamshire and London back to Taunton Bristol and Gloucestershire.. Mobile website

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Renovating Swimming Pools

Renovating Swimming Pools

Now we are on the back end of summer it’s the best time to repair and renovate your swimming pool.

  • Refurbish a liner pool by replacing the vinyl liner.
  • Convert a leaking concrete pool to a liner pool.
  • Replacing a  pump that has stopped working, leaking pipework, skimmers, lights. damaged or loose stone coping, paving,
  • Re-tiling and grouting.
Pool needs refurbishing
Swimming pool in need of some TLC

Repair  the pool while it’s not in use or begin a renovation that’s been on your “to do list”.

Renovate your swimming pool to its original look:

  • Change old stone coping.

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    The water needs attention to get rid of the green soup algae
  • Clean and pressure wash around the pool.
  • Repair any structural defects.
  • Re-plaster defective surfaces.
  • install new pipework.
  • Change a frost damaged skimmer and returns.

Liner pool?

  • Replace the liner-lock.
  • New pool liner
  • Panel pools remove and replace rusted steel panels or change to block and liner construction.
  • Refurbish tiles and mosaics.
  • Install on-site vinyl lining.

Other choices are:

  1. Have your swimming pool renovated and looking brand new again.pool ready for renovation
  2. Build a new a new pool within the existing pool.
  3. Build a swimming pool in different location. This has been done before where the existing pool is beyond help.
  4. Choose to back-fill your existing pool and change it to a garden or put decking across in case one day you or the next owner of your house decides to want the pool reinstated.
  5. Change a pool to a pond this can be done to look like a natural pond with added plants.

Start your swimming pool renovating. Remember the longer it’s left the further the pool will degrade. Mobile website

John Cox TnISPE  Contact me to request a price for a survey on your swimming pool. As mentioned in other articles I cover most of England and Wales, from Oxford Bristol Cardiff Gloucester Hereford Monmouthshire London.


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Opening your swimming pool

10 tips on maintenance for the seasonal opening your swimming pool.

Debris cover
This pool  in Trellech between Monmouth and Chepstow doesn’t get to be opened for summer. Instead the swimming pool and surrounds receives a complete makeover with new liner installed, new coping, plant room, and a brand new automatic pool cover from Coverstar supplied by Certikin pool suppliers Below is the same swimming pool and surrounding landscape after the renovation.
Pool safety cover
Renovated swimming pool image was taken from the opposite end, and as you can see it looks completely different.

It’s that time to open up your swimming pool ready for swimming weekend BBQ’s, parties.

The warm weather is here so when you are ready to open your swimming pool read the 10 tips below on summerising your swimming pool.

Remove the debris cover from your swimming pool.
It is better if 2 people or more move the winter debris cover.

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The same pool has hinged ladders so the automatic cover can close over the pool

Carefully remove the winter cover and place the stainless steel anchors in a bag.

Spread the winter cover out on the garden and clean loose debris and leaves with brush and a hose. Let the winter cover dry off to avoid mould staining.

After the cover has dried off fold up and store away with the anchors in a dry storage area.

Top up the pool water.

Pool in need of maintenance
Opening up a swimming pool in Usk  near Abergavenny Monmouthshire

If you have a liner pool, then inspect for any defects or repairs needed in the pool liner like tears and pin holes,  check the pool lining is not leaking or floating check the liner is fitting into the liner lock correctly. When replacing your pool liner after ware and tear consider onsite lining.

If you have a problem with your pool,  read Liner pool leaks and repairs. Possible causes

Cleaning the stone copings and the pool surrounds.
Begin the pool maintenance, but before you do anything with your swimming pool, brush in sections with a water/light chlorine solution.

Be careful when using chemicals, and wear protective clothing when mixing to manufactures instructions before using.

Brush onto the coping and the pools surrounds and once treated gently hose down avoid splashing yourself and other objects like plants etc.  Next gently pressure clean and brush the copping and with water.

Brush the swimming pool walls down.
Begin with cleaning the tile band (Waterline) using the correct pool tile & liner cleaner.Automatic pool cover

Gently brush the pool walls using a pool brush to remove any green algae and other materials.

Check pool pump
Before priming and starting the pump, check the pump basket for leaves or debris then empty the basket.

Once the pool pump is circulating the pool water check for leaks

Swimming Pool filters. 

Do you know how old the filtration media is (usually sand)and when it was last changed?

Filter sand becomes less and less effective over the years as the sharpness of the sand becomes rounded over time and less efficient in removing particles and other matter from your swimming pool.Pool filter

Your pool would benefit from periodic changes of filter media at least every 3 to 5 years depending on how much the pool is used and other factors.

Use regular back washing and rinsing during the use of your swimming pool.

Use a leaf net for cleaning off the surface.
Remove any surface debris or leaves off the pool water with a leaf net and dispose.

Vacuum the pool floor.
Connect the pool cleaning equipment together. Fill the pool hose with pool water, place the hose in the skimmer with the skimmer basket still in, or attach to the vacuum point. Begin vacuuming the swimming pool.

Shocking, super-chlorinate, oxidising.
These terms all means the same, but most people say “to shock the pool water” because that is what a dose of chlorine does to any algae or bacteria. It’s the same as when you add bleach (which is composed of 5% chlorine, the rest is a carrier) to your kitchen.

Add the chlorine to the water and mix.

When mixing the chlorine granules remember to add chlorine to water and not the other way round). Obviously the amount you add depends on the condition of the pool water, and how effective the winterising treatments were, shock the pool water the pool appropriately and follow the chemicals instructions remember to have the filtration system running.

Testing the water is in balance.
For the chlorine to work effectively the pH, has to be at the correct levels between 7.2 and 7.6. Total Alkalinity need to be at the correct level (80-120 ppm) and Calcium Hardness levels, so use a test kit to check there preferable before you add the chlorine. Remember do not mix different swimming pool chemicals and always read the manufactures instructions.

Retest the water after 24 hours.
After the swimming pool cover has been removed, allowed to dry and stored away, the pump and filter has been checked, the pool is circulating, has been cleaned, the pool water tested and shocked, leave the pool running and retest the waters pH and chlorine level after 24 hours and dose the water as necessary. Once you have the swimming pool in a balanced condition, continue to regularly maintain your swimming pool to keep it healthy and crystal clear.

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