Concrete pools may have a less than stellar reputation for being high-maintenance, but there are actually quite a few advantages to using this material. After all, because of two major advantages, they’re still one of the most popular varieties of pools. These are customization and durabilty.
Let’s first consider customization. With a concrete swimming pool, the sky’s the limit when it comes to the shape, size and design. They also give you more leeway for adding waterfalls or some of the great rock features we blogged about recently.
The second big advantage is durability. The risk of tears, stains or leaks is much lower in the case of concrete swimming pools compared to vinyl liner pools. This is why most hotel and apartment pools are made of this material. Lining your concrete pool with tiles is a great way to add interest and match your personal style.
Here are just a few maintenance tips so that you can get years of satisfaction from your concrete pool:
1. Keeping lined pools clean. Concrete swimming pools either have a concrete lining or a tile lining. Your concrete-lined pool has to be scraped with wire bristle brush to get rid of the dirt and algae from the floor and surrounding walls. The best way to do this is to start on the shallow side of the pool and work your way towards the deeper end. After the debris settles, use your pool vacuum cleaner to clean it.
2. Keeping tiles clean. With tile lined pools, you need to occasionally scrub the tiles clean using household tile cleaner. Chlorine is helpful in removing stains from concrete pools. Concrete pools can be drained completely without risk of collapse, this makes cleaning easier. (Important Note: If you live in Oregon or Washington, consult with a pool professional before draining your pool on your own. It could float out of the ground if there is ground water below the pool… and this is a nasty problem to solve.)
3. About pressure washing. Although pressure washing can effectively get rid of dirt, and clean the pool, it may cause peeling of the base of your concrete pool. This is not common, but use caution. If your plaster is in good condition and not soft, use a moderate psi pressure washer and don’t blast the cement.
With a little attention to these basic maintenance steps your concrete pool will offer beauty and enjoyment for many years to come. As always, give us a call with any questions about caring for your concrete pool.
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