In theory, everyone wants a pool. Nothing beats lounging beside a pool in your own backyard on a hot summer day. In reality, however, maintaining a pool is anything but easy. Most homeowners don’t have the time, experience, or equipment needed to perform their own pool equipment repairs. Fixing a pool without the proper tools or knowledge can quickly lead to improperly done repairs and end up damaging the health of your pool system. Although the DIY-er in you may want to dust off your overalls and enlist the help of YouTube this weekend, there are more than a few reasons to leave it to the professionals.
Proper Equipment Maintenance Will Protect Your Investment
These days, pools can run anywhere from $30,000 – $200,000. It’s a major investment, which is why you should protect its value just as you would the value of your home or car. Of course, this is easier said than done as pool equipment repair is often more complicated and required more frequently than the average home repair.
Some homeowners think that they can save a bit of money by performing their own swimming pool equipment repairs. However, the constant upkeep is more than the average homeowner can accommodate, which often leads to algae growth and equipment issues. The costs of specialized pool equipment, tools, and time required to learn new skills can add up quickly. Not to mention the costs associated with potentially doing something wrong. With all of these factors in mind, it’s easy to see why it’s more cost-effective, in the long run, to allow the professionals to protect your investment.
Pool Equipment Repair Is Complicated
Are you capable of fixing a minor pool complication? It’s possible. However just as a pool technician would miss minor details if they were to perform your job, you’d likely miss some critical aspects of pool repair as well. Pool equipment repair is complicated and systems can vary, so there is no one-size-fits-all solution for most issues.
Even if you are Mr. Fix-It around the house, pool repairs require a different level of know-how that even YouTube will have a hard time explaining.
Pool companies are equipment specialists and water chemists. Terms that will make your head spin, like pH, alkalinity, and cyanuric acid are the ABC’s of a pool repair specialist. This is why we can detect issues long before they become more complicated and expensive to fix. That being said, larger issues such as control system failures, electrical problems, or motor and pump problems are also issues we are more equipped to remedy than the average DIY-er.
It’s Safer to Leave It to the Experts
One of the very first safety lessons we learn as a kid is that electricity and water should never mix. After all, the two are a potentially lethal combination. For this reason, it’s important to be overly cautious when dealing with aspects of pool repair that involve both electricity and water.
Pool pumps, lights, and filters all require electrical wiring to function and many are submerged in water. We can’t stress enough how incredibly dangerous it is to service these pieces of equipment without the help of a trained electrician who knows how to safely get the job done.
Professional Repairs Provide Peace of Mind
Not only is it safer to leave pool maintenance to the professionals, it can provide peace of mind for your wallet as well. For instance, say something goes wrong with that DIY repair you made last weekend. Any damage incurred would fall on you to fix, sending you back to the drawing board and searching the web for assistance. However, if something breaks following a professional repair, the company is liable for the damages and costs.
We aren’t talking about small damages here. A leaky pool can cause thousands of dollars of damage to both your property and any nearby neighbors. That’s definitely not something that you want to fall on your plate. The money you could potentially save by fixing it yourself is not worth the cost of having it all go wrong – trust us on this one.
DIY Warranty Implications
Pool equipment repairs performed by someone other than a certified contractor can set your system up for future failure and void any warranties you may have.
Consider a pool motor repair as an example. Let’s say you purchased and replaced your pool motor, but didn’t consider buying a new shaft seal, so you install the old one with the new motor. Sounds simple enough if the new motor is the same size right? Not exactly. Generally, an old shaft seal won’t line up perfectly, which means there will be an opportunity for leakage. In the event of a seal failure, the warranty provided by the motor manufacturer will be voided as the leak will have caused damage rather than a manufacturing malfunction. It’s fairly easy for manufacturers to identify a faulty shaft seal by the build-up on the motor, which will leave you on the hook for any equipment repairs.
Consider Long-Term Value Over the Upfront Cost of Pool Equipment Repairs
Although it may seem counter-intuitive to spend money in order to save money, it’s absolutely the best way to maintain the value of your pool. Spending a little extra money to ensure pool repairs are done right will end up costing you less in the long run than remedying improperly done pool equipment repairs down the line.
So, if you want to make sure that your pool shines bright well into the future, contact us to make sure it’s done right the first time. We’re here to make owning a pool as easy as possible.