Pools require regular maintenance to prevent them from leaking and the surface from going bad. An ill maintained pool can cause cracks on the surface of the walls and mold to grow. This can cause serious health problems. If the walls of your pool are paint coated then you should regularly apply a coat of paint; at least once in a year. This will ensure that the walls do not crack and molds don’t grow on it. It is also a good practice not to leave your pool dry, save for maintenance or replacing water.
The quality of water is also a very important factor in deciding your pool maintenance routine. If your pool generally receives soft water, then you are saved from too many maintenance schedules. If possible, get the quality of water you receive checked for hardness. River water sources are generally soft water, contrast with ground sources that are usually hard. You can consider using one of the several water softening techniques available. You should take the cost of processing before you decide the one most suitable for pool application.
Make it a practice to review your pool as often as you can. This you can do when you empty the pool for replacing water. Even a small crack on the wall should be repaired as soon as possible. It will ensure that the defects do not spread all over the surface of the pool wall. If the cracks are too many and happen too often, you should consider removing the existing cement lining and giving it a fresh cement mortar plaster and then a coat of fresh pool paint.
You should allow at least 60 days to lapse before you apply pool paint on the surface. This is very essential because the surface requires this much time to cure and the paint to last longer than normal. If you are planning to apply pool paint over an existing coat, then, you will have to check if the paint is acrylic emulsion or chlorinated rubber pool paint and apply the same type over the existing surface after you have prepared the surface appropriately. Never apply one type over another.
Not all paints will work for pools. Pool paints are expected to have good resistance toward moisture and mold build up. Pool paints are waterborne acrylic emulsions or chlorinated rubber and both can be used for interior as well as exterior pools. In addition they are compatible with fresh as well as salt water. They are resistant to baby pee which is an added advantage. Chlorinated rubber pool paints are additionally resistant to chemicals as well.
Insl-x is one of the better known brands of pool paints that have these and more compatible properties in them, and produce both varieties of the pool paint. The color of the paint you apply is important for aesthetic appeal, though it is a matter of personal preference. Insl-x pool paints come in many different colors – white, aquamarine, ocean blue and royal blue. Chlorinated rubber pool paints come in white, black, ocean blue and Royal blue. Insl-x pool paints come in 1 Gallon packs.