Pebble pools are one of the more popular swimming pool surfaces being used nowadays, and for good reasons, too. For one, these pool surfaces stunning and beautiful, and certainly gives any pool a great and unique look. Second, these are durable and can last for many years before they start showing signs of wear and tear.
However, like many other pool surfaces, pebblecrete pool also require certain amount of servicing and repairs throughout their lifetime. When these maintenance requirements are ignored, several problems may start to appear.
Wear and Tear
The pebbles used for swimming pool surfaces rarely become worn out. However, the cement matrix where the pebbles are embedded into will eventually have to give in over time. This is usually caused by the cleaning solutions and other chemicals used to balance the pool water.
Although the pebbles themselves are smooth, the cement matrix where they are embedded are porous. That said, they can be negatively impacted by the chemicals in the water and the water itself. When this happens, it can cause cracks and crevices to appear on the surface. These cracks and crevices provide a perfect spot for algae growth, which eventually leads to staining and discolouration. When this problem is left unchecked, it can become difficult to completely and effectively remove the algae as their roots will have deeply penetrated the pool’s surface.
Dislodging and Erosion
Another issue with pebble pools is that some of them can sometimes lose its adhesion to the base layer. This can be caused by a variety of factors, including years (sometimes decades) of exposure to the water and chemicals. When this happens it can cause them to loosen and become dislodged or even erode. It can also cause the surface to become rough.
In any case, this will eventually happen as your swimming pool reaches a certain age. This problem doesn’t usually appear within several years after the installation, and can only be observed as the pool ages. To keep this from happening, it is a good idea to hire only reputable contractors when having your pool built or during pool resurfacing projects. This way, you can be sure of the quality of the workmanship and the materials used.
All in all, the chemicals used in balancing the pool water’s pH, acidity, and calcium levels are all important. They are necessary to ensure that the pool water is safe and suitable for use. However, these will have a negative effect on the pool’s surface, which includes that of pebble pools. That said, it is important to never use more than the required chemical dosage for your pool. This will help to preserve the integrity of the pebble pool’s surface so you can enjoy it for longer.
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