If you own a swimming pool you would understand that now matter what type of pool you have it would need some regular maintenance and repair for you to use it everyday. Your approach will depend on how big or how small the damage your pool has, if it is big you will have to ask for assistance from professionals, but if the damage is small then you can do it on your own using repair kits sold by swimming pool supply stores. Knowing what type of pool you have is the first step in repairing it.
When trying to repair pools made of concrete and gunite you will be needing plaster to cover up small cracks and holes as they tend to appear when the pools age. Specifically concrete and gunite pools get hollow spots, chippings, cracks, and wear spots which cause the gunite located below the plaster to become visible. You will be able to fix these problems by yourself with the help of the readily available repair kits.
When it come to fiberglass pools the cracks usually produce bubbles and often get blisters. You can easily do this using a fiberglass repair kit that can be purchased at any boat and marine supply store. You will be able to fix your fiberglass pool in no time but the downside is that the patches from your repair will be visible because the color of the glass is rarely if not never perfectly matched to the actual color. The only way for the colors of the old and new fiberglass to match is to have your whole pool resurfaced.
The easiest pools to fix on your own are vinyl pools and vinyl lined pools. The vinyl repair kit is very easy to use which means that you will just have to find the crack and that part is easy as well. What is special about vinyl repair kits is that you can use it to fix the tear or crack while under water, but it would still be a good option to drain your pool first before doing the fixing.
But if the damage is too big to fix on your own you can call a professional to fix the damage but with higher cost. But before you hire a contractor you should do a background check on the contractor and the company he or she is working for and also ask for an estimate of how long the project will take to complete. One strategy you can do to save money when hiring a contractor is to do it when the demand for such services is low for example during winter. Problems like huge cracks, plumbing issues and filtration system failure are best left handled by professionals.