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Top 5 Fiberglass Pool Problems and Solutions

  
  
  

By Jason Hughes

If you're considering the purchase of an inground fiberglass pool and done any research on the web, you've probably come in contact with some discussion of the problems associated with fiberglass pools.   The purpose of this article is to address, with full disclosure, five of the most common problems associated with fiberglass pools.....but we won't leave you there.  We'll also discuss the causes of these problems and how you, the consumer, can avoid them.  At River Pools and Spas in Virginia we have had the opportunity to install over 650 inground fiberglass pools.  Yes, that's a lot and No, every job did not go perfectly.  But because of the sheer volume of pools we’ve installed, plus literally hundreds of conversations with fiberglass pool manufacturers and installers from all around the world, we have an intimate knowledge of the good, the bad, and the ugly of inground fiberglass pools.  Congratulations, now we can share this information with you in the hopes that you'll never end up on one of those online swimming pool forums pleading for help.

Problem #1:  Repairs on colored fiberglass pools

fiberglass pool colored finishColored fiberglass pools are gorgeous...there's no doubt about it, and most manufacturers now offer a variety of colors beyond the standard white and baby blue marine gel coat.  The problem simply stated is this: If a need arises to do a repair to the pool, it can be difficult to match some colored finishes with the factory finish.    

The reality is that the vast majority of fiberglass pools do not need repairs, at least within the first twenty to forty years.  However, sometimes issues that merit repair work do arise, from something as small as a rock flying up and hitting the pool during shipping to a massive structural crack.  Granted these instances are very, very rare, but they do happen.  So you're probably asking "what's the solution?" 

Well, we can't change the fact that some fiberglass pools are going to need repairs for one reason or another, but to lower the risk of having a terrible looking repair you should look for one thing:  a solid surface finish.

Some colored finishes are applied in multiple layers (solid color, metallic flake, and clear coat for example.)  These layers overlap each other to achieve the desired look.  However, when a field repair is attempted with these muli-layered finishes, matching the factory look is difficult because it’s impossible to duplicate the manufacturing process.   

In contrast, a solid surface finish is applied in a single application which makes field repairs to fiberglass pool gel coat a lot less daunting.  Typically these repairs are a closer match to the factory finish.  If this is an important issue to you, research the various fiberglass pool manufacturers to determine if their colored finish is a solid surface or multi-layered finish. 

PROBLEM:  Repairs on Colored Finishes Conspicuous

SOLUTION: Solid Surface Colored Finish

 

Problem #2:  Spider Cracks in Gel coat

fiberglass pool gel coat cracksSpider cracks have always been an accepted part of fiberglass products.  But what exactly is a spider crack?  Spider cracks are hairline cracks that occur in the surface layer, or gel coat, of any fiberglass product.  They are not structural in nature as the crack is normally only through the thin layer of gel coat and do not extend into the structural laminate layers of the pool.  The origin of the name spider crack stems from the manner in which some of the cracks begin in a center point and branch out like the spokes of a wheel.   But to fully address this issue, we need to ask two questions:  What causes gel coat cracks and what can be done to prevent them? 

What causes gel coat cracks in fiberglass pools?

Gel coat spider cracks in fiberglass pools are a result of pressure on a given point of the pool shell that exceeds the gel coats ability to flex.   This pressure could be a result of improper shipping, improper manufacturing, or improper installation.  We've had pools by other manufacturers that were simply built too thin and couldn't withstand the pressures of lifting and shipping.  They arrived on the job site with gel coat cracks, and unfortunately, we had to send them back.  We've received pools that were built correctly but not stabilized properly during shipping with the same result.  But the most common human error that leads to gel coat cracks occurs during installation.  Sometimes a protrusion on the pool floor of the pool like a tree root or clump of dirt(neither should be there) exert enough pressure to cause a spider crack in the gel coat.  This occurs occasionally, but the most common cause of pressure on the floor of a fiberglass pool comes from the installer's attempts to level the pool shell.  Many times fiberglass pool installers are forced to attempt to level a pool shell that is 2"-3" out of level despite their best efforts to modify the base that the pool rests on.  This is done by lifting and tweaking the pool shell until they get it within a tolerable range.  This exerts a tremendous amount of pressure on the pool that sometimes results in gel coat cracks that can happen immediately or eventually develop over time.  In reality, this problem stems from a pool shell that is not built level, so the fault in this case lies with manufacturer rather than the installer.

What can be done to prevent gel coat spider cracks in fiberglass pools?

So what's the solution?  Find a manufacturer that makes level pools and a reputable contractor who will perform a proper installation.  To determine the “levelness” of a manufacturers pool shells contact a few of their dealers and ask them point bank, “How level are their pool shells?”  You could also contact some existing customers of both the contractor and the pool manufacturer you’re considering.  It’s a good idea to contact recent customers as well as those whose pools have been installed for more than five years.  This will give you a good idea of how the pool will hold up over time.   

ROBLEM:  Spider cracks in gel coat

SOLUTION:  Find a well manufactured pool and a great installer

 

Problem #3:  Pool Walls bulging

describe the imageIf you talk to enough people or scroll through enough on line forums you'll probably come across someone who has developed a bulge in the wall of their fiberglass pool.  We encountered this problem years ago with several of our pools.  This caused us to scrutinize our installation process and thoroughly inspect the pools where these problems occurred.  What we found flies in the face of the standard and accepted method of installing fiberglass pools across the country.  The problem in our case stemmed from the backfill material that we used.....namely sand. 

Tens of thousands of fiberglass pools have been installed with sand backfill without incident, and most of our sand backfilled pools were fine as well.  But when the right (or wrong) combination of circumstances align, fiberglass pool walls can bulge. 

Question:  What happens to sand when it becomes saturated with water?  It liquefies.  That would be fine if the liquefied sand were resting against something other than fiberglass which is renowned for its flexibility.   Fiberglass pools are structurally engineered to remain full of water.  The outward pressure from the water works in conjunction with the structure of the pool to stabilize the vessel.  When sand liquefies it is heavier than the water on the inside of the pool and if the wall is not strong enough to maintain its shape a bulge develops.  High water tables as well as soils that hold water both lead to situations where a significant amount of water surrounds the pool structure and saturates the backfill material.  So does this mean that fiberglass pools are not suitable for installations with high water table or certain soils?  Quite the contrary; I would submit that there is no better pool to have in such circumstances.  You just need to make certain of two things.  First, that you're pool is strong enough to prevent bulges.  And second, that you eliminate the sand backfill and use gravel.  Is there a difference between the strength of fiberglass pools?  Yes, but from the perspective of the consumer it will be virtually impossible to rate the "bulge-ability" of the various pools on the market because all manufacturers claim to be the strongest and most stable.  The one thing you CAN control is the backfill material, and based on our experience, using gravel backfill is the only insurance against wall bulges in any situation with any pool.   Clean crushed blue stone ¾" or smaller is the gravel used in our installations because it has several distinct advantages over sand or even round pea gravel.  First, its properties do not change when it becomes saturated with water so it performs the same wet or dry.  This makes it ideal for any situation and especially in areas with a high water table or difficult soil conditions.  Second, the point on point friction that occurs between the pieces of gravel make it a very stable material on the sides of the pool; much better than saturated sand that liquefies or pea gravel that acts like little ball bearings.    Third, the gravel compacts upon placement unlike sand which needs to be placed in lifts and compacted with water.  This is further addressed in the discussion on plumbing problems below.  You will see that this is a major advantage as well.  Opponents to gravel backfill pitch against it by saying that it's a cheaper material and used in order to cut cost.  In reality it actually costs us significantly more to use gravel.  We feel it is well worth the investment because you can't put a price tag on peace of mind. 

PROBLEM:  Pool walls bulging

SOLUTION:  Gravel backfill

 

Problem #4:  Fading of Colored Fiberglass Pool Finishes

describe the imageYes, another gelcoat problem!  Are you seeing a trend?  Before we jump into the fading issue....why do you think 3 of the 5 most common problems with fiberglass pools are gelcoat issues?  The answer is "Because that's what you see!"  Most, not all, but most fiberglass pools are structurally sound and will remain so for a long time.  But the look of the pool is equally as important.  Who wants a pool that looks bad after 5 years?  Not me!  The reality is that some fiberglass pool surfaces fade more than others, but this is understandable.  If you made me stand in the sun eight months of the year and in full contact with chlorinated water I'd probably change color a little bit too.  No one said this stuff was easy!  Fortunately you are not necessarily condemned to a faded pool.  Here’s what I’d suggest:  call customers who’ve owned pools for five years or more and ask them how their pool is holding up.  This will weed out the bad ones and allow the cream to rise to the top.     

PROBLEM:  Fading of Colored Finish                       

SOLUTION:  Call Actual Pool Owners for Feedback        

 

Problem #5:  Plumbing Settling causing Leaks

Why would the plumbing settle?  Good question!  The plumbing doesn't settle, the backfill material around the fiberglass pool settles and takes the plumbing with it.  Yes we're back to our sand vs. gravel discussion again.  This is great because this is a topic that needs attention.  The problem is that it's very difficult to fully compact sand around a fiberglass pool during installation.  Many times, despite a fiberglass pool installer's best efforts to bring the sand up in 6"-12" lifts and fully saturate the sand with water, the sand still settles some over time.  The plumbing is encased in this sand and as the sand settles, it exerts downward pressure on the plumbing of the swimming pool.  Many installers tie their plumbing up to help hold it in place, but not withstanding, that's still a lot of pressure.  Settled plumbing manifests itself in one way....leaks.  "Leak" is a dirty word!  We want to avoid saying that word, and we do so by using gravel backfill that just doesn't settle!  If the backfill doesn't move, the plumbing doesn't move.  It's as simple as that!

PROBLEM:  Leaks from settled plumbing

SOLUTION:  Gravel backfill

*If you liked this article, you may also find the following articles extremely informative:

Installing a Fiberglass Pool Properly: Sand vs Gravel, Which is Better?

7 Deadly Sins of Fiberglass Pool Installations

It's not mere coincidence that we have legitimate solutions to the top 5 problems associated with fiberglass pools.  At River Pools and Spas we constantly scrutinize our products and processes to eliminate any potential problems and make life easier for everyone.  You want to enjoy a problem free pool for years to come and it is our goal to make that a reality.  For more information about inground fiberglass pools visit www.riverpoolsandspas.com  and www.PoolSchool.us

 


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This is one of the most informable things I have read on the internet about fiberglass pools. Thank You
Posted @ Wednesday, June 17, 2009 4:38 PM by Jim
Help please anyone......have been quoted for fibreglass pool but due to space they have said they can cut the pool in half & just rejoin it??? Wondering whether this is a normal or regular practice? 
 
Posted @ Tuesday, August 18, 2009 7:27 AM by Suzanne Goodall
Hi Suzanne, I don't know that I would call that normal, but it's certainly possible. Give me a call on my cell at 804.761.2184 and we can discuss it. Jason
Posted @ Tuesday, August 18, 2009 8:03 AM by Jason
We have a fiberglass pool and are living with and itchy patchy rash. We have changed it to salt but some people tell us the fiberglass can be leaking in the pool to cause this. Have you had or know of any problems like this??
Posted @ Tuesday, August 18, 2009 11:19 AM by Jean Gaither
I am considering a fiberglass pool in my back yard as opposed to a concrete pool that is obviously more expensive, however I don't want to trade expense for problems. 
 
The comment about the itching concerns me, and I have heard tales of the fiberglass pools actually coming out of the ground in a bad storm or hurricane. Since I live in a hurricane prone zone, (Fort Lauderdale), this is a big concern. Can anyone help me?
Posted @ Thursday, August 27, 2009 8:58 PM by Matt
Hi Matt, and thanks for taking the time to ask this question. Regarding itching, I would venture to say that the pool being referred to is an older fiberglass pool with inferior materials used in the pool's construction. In the roughly 600 pools we've installed, we've not received this complaint one time, so I think you can be rest assured that a modern fiberglass pool will not have this issue. In terms of floating, you'll see a pop-ups section to this blog but there is one thing that most people do not understand when it comes to pool pop ups: A concrete pool can pop up out of the ground just as easily as a fiberglass pool can. Any honest person with any knowledge of the industry will confirm this. The way to deal with it is by making sure your deck is cantilevered concrete, which means that if the pools is going to move, it has to take the whole concrete deck with it. We've had fibeglass pools before completely submersed in water that were fine and this is because of cantilevered concrete decking. Also, just as a concrete pool can have a hydrostatic relief valve, so can a fiberglass pool....So good luck Matt and fear not my friend!!
Posted @ Friday, August 28, 2009 10:37 PM by Marcus Sheridan
Can a fiberglass swimming pool shed? If so, is it harmful to swimmers? Have any studies been done regarding health/safety of fiberglass pools?
Posted @ Thursday, September 17, 2009 12:44 AM by Claudia
Hi Claudia, I’m not sure I know what you mean by “shed”, but there’s nothing that should deliminate or wear off of the surface of the pool. You may have seen fiberglass products like older storage tanks without a gel coat layer where the roven material on the outside has somewhat frayed. This would never happen on a fiberglass pool because the surface that comes in contact with the swimmer is coated with a marine gel coat or other coating product that will never wear off.  
 
There have been no studies that I’m aware of that have shown fiberglass pools to have adverse health effects and they are certainly as safe as any other type of pool.  
 
Thanks for the question!
Posted @ Monday, September 21, 2009 7:10 AM by Jason Hughes
I just bought a home that has a fiberglass pool in the back yard. I noticed that on of the sides of the pool is bulging in what if anything can I do about this please help thanks.
Posted @ Thursday, October 08, 2009 9:53 AM by Damian
Thanks for the question Damian. Just out of curiosity, what shape is the pool and how deep is it? You don't by chance have a leak do you? Has the bulge been there for a while or is it steady getting worse? We've seen cases where bulges go in and out, much of which depends on the ground water. If it doesn't seem to be getting worse, I wouldn't be too concerned. Do you know the name brand of the pool? Don't hesitate to send us a pic and we'll give it a look. Thanks!
Posted @ Friday, October 09, 2009 8:34 AM by Marcus Sheridan
Hi, I am wondering if kidney shaped fiberglass pools are structurally stronger and less likely to bulge? I am looking at buying a house that already has one installed and I'd prefer not to have too many issues later on down the track! Cheers!
Posted @ Monday, October 19, 2009 6:03 PM by Luke
Hello Luke and thanks for the question. Yes, a kidney shape, because of its curves, is typically stronger than most straight wall fiberglass pools. Notwithstanding, if the pool was installed properly, whether it be a straight or curved wall pool, I would not hesitate to have confidence regardng its structural integrity. But good luck with your purchase and cheers to you as well!!
Posted @ Monday, October 19, 2009 11:15 PM by Marcus Sheridan
I am considering buying a property with a damaged fiberglass pool. the pool is empty and there is a major crack in the bottom, the crack is about the size of a brick and goes through the fiberglass completly (thus no water).  
 
 
 
 
 
is this sort of damage fixable, and if so how much am I looking at? or is the pool total loss?
Posted @ Tuesday, October 27, 2009 12:09 AM by steve
Thanks for the post Steve. You have an interesting situation. In most cases, such a pool could be repaired without too much difficulty. My questions, though, would be: How did the crack form? What color is the pool? Do you know who the manufacturer is? Let me know and we'll go from there. Thanks!
Posted @ Tuesday, October 27, 2009 8:24 AM by Marcus Sheridan
the pool was placed in '05 and is a light blue color. it appears to be in good shape except for the one damage spot. I am guessing the spot buckled once the pool was left drained (that or someone dropped a brick into it). I do not kow the manufacturer of the pool. This is a foreclosure, so it is possible the pool was drained to save on maitenence on running the pool filter, and the damage occured during the months that it has lain empty.
Posted @ Tuesday, October 27, 2009 9:03 AM by Steve
This doesn't sound too bad Steve. I think you are right with your presumption that the floor buckled. I would suggest you consider a fiberglass repair person, like someone who does tubs or boats, to come in and fix it. You may also want to pressure test the lines to make sure there are no leaks, but it's likely that this is all due to someone who made a dumb move and drained the pool...The fact that the color is a light blue will only work in your favor because the patch won't stand out too badly.
Posted @ Tuesday, October 27, 2009 9:10 AM by Marcus Sheridan
I have an inground pool that was an original gunnite and plaster. I had it refinished to fiberglass in 2000. The tile job was terrible and all of the tiles in the spa came out letting the water get in under the fiberglass so it has buckled, which should be under warranty. Also the gel coat has come off the pool causing the terrible itching to swimmers that others have talked about. I am looking for someone in my area (Southern California) who could give me a quote to do the repair.
Posted @ Tuesday, November 03, 2009 5:39 PM by Bernice Olsen
Thanks for the question Bernice and sorry you are having these issues. Fiberglass coatings are not our forte, so unfortunately we are not able to address your concerns. We have checked around to find a reputable contractor in your area but to no avail. I would reccomend doing a google search for fibertech dealer in Southern California. Good luck and sorry we couldn't be of more assistance.
Posted @ Wednesday, November 04, 2009 10:03 AM by Jason Hughes
I'm in the process of installing a fiberglass spa. It's considerablely smaller than a pool (obviously). The installer is using a sand and it's being put on a concrete pad (sand between pad and spa). The concrete pad is very secure with pillars dug down below the frost line (we live in Canada). My worry is frost between the spa and concrete pad. Is this a legitimate worry if the spa is running year round? What about if it isn't? Thanks.
Posted @ Thursday, November 05, 2009 9:13 PM by Mark Benaroia
Like to convert from vinyl to fibreglass kidneys shape 30 X 19 5-6 at deep end and 3' at shallow. Recomend dealer in Austin. Inground pool
Posted @ Monday, November 16, 2009 8:00 PM by George
Hi George, and thanks for checking in. Because you live in Austin, I think your best bet would be to contact Leisure Pools directly, as they are only about 1 hour away, and they might do the install themselves. Their number is 8303874020........Good luck!
Posted @ Tuesday, November 17, 2009 2:29 PM by Marcus Sheridan
I am looking at buying a house with a fiberglass pool in the backyard. The house is bank owned so needless to say the pool is in bad shape. It is drained and the pool has pulled away from the ground on both sides and has bulged out on one side. Is there anything we can do about it or is the pool shot?
Posted @ Saturday, November 28, 2009 12:16 AM by Johnny
Johnny, the pool is most likely repairable, but the expenses could be considerable. Email me at riverpoolsjason@gmail.com if you want to talk further and I'll see what we can do to better assess the situation. Thanks.
Posted @ Sunday, November 29, 2009 9:35 PM by Jason
I have a 6 year old fiberglass pool and every time I brush down the sides and bottom I get a milky seemingly powder like substance everywhere. I take water samples for testing and the chemicals are correct. They have no idea how to correct the problem. I've called the pool manufacturer and they could only say the chemicals must not be right. That it's not a gel coat issue because that comes off like paint chips. When cleaning the pool filter it looks like eggnog pouring out. Help please.
Posted @ Monday, February 15, 2010 2:14 PM by Sharon
Hi Sharon, and sorry you're having these problems. My first question would be who is the manufacturer? Also, what do you use as your sanitizer? (salt, chlorine, baqua) You can email me directly if you'd like. Thanks.
Posted @ Monday, February 15, 2010 3:04 PM by Marcus Sheridan
Hi Marcus. Blue Hawaiian is the manufacturer and I changed to salt last year. The problem started before the change. Thanks for your help.
Posted @ Monday, February 15, 2010 7:24 PM by Sharon
That's really odd Sharon...I'm assuming it's a white pool, correct? Are the flakes visible? Could you send us a digital photo, we'd love to take a look.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 16, 2010 3:08 PM by Marcus Sheridan
Yes, it's a white pool. When you touch the sides or bottom it looks like you cleaned a chalk board with your hand. nasty. I will send a pic if you'll tell me how I can email it directly. I'm really anxious to resolve this problem. Thanks.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 16, 2010 5:49 PM by Sharon
Sorry - no there are no flakes. It looks like a powder. Very odd.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 16, 2010 5:51 PM by Sharon
Could the gel coat be oxidizing? I have a white pool thats doing exactly the same thing. I'm using regular chlorine.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 16, 2010 11:42 PM by Luke
Sharon,  
Marc and I have done some asking around regarding your gel coat chalking problem and here's what Howard Guidry, the plant manager of Leisure Pools USA had to say on the matter: 
 
"...gel coat chalking is mostly do to QC control in the manufacturing plant. The most common reason is the gel coat operator. The spray equipment must be calibrated once a week. If the gel coat is under or over catalyzed it will start to chalk or yellow. Another reason is ambient temperature. The spray booth should be no less than 60 to 95 degrees to get the proper cure." 
 
That sounds like it could be the culprit Sharon. Now the obvious question is that if this is indeed the problem what can be done to fix it? I'll see what we can come up with for you there.  
Let me know if you have any other questions in the mean time,  
Jason
Posted @ Thursday, February 18, 2010 2:15 PM by Jason Hughes
Thanks Jason. I hope this will help Luke as well. I also hope it's not a big fix, but I'll deal with that as it comes.
Posted @ Friday, February 19, 2010 9:24 AM by Sharon
WE LIVE IN EAST TEXAS AND ARE CONSIDERING A FIBERGLASS POOL BY LEISURE POOLS. WE HAVE BEEN TOLD BY SEVERAL POOL COMPANIES IN OUR AREA THAT THE ALKALINE SOIL IN EAST TEXAS WILL CORRODE THE OUTSIDE OF THE POOL SHELL AND WE WILL BE DOING REPAIRS TO THE POOL IN A FEW YEARS. IS THIS CORRECT? HAVE YOU SEEN ANY FIBERGLASS POOLS BEING "EATEN" ON THE OUTSIDE BY CORROSIVE GROUNDWATER?
Posted @ Thursday, February 25, 2010 8:51 PM by PAT RANSON
Hi Pat, and thanks for stopping by. You know, I've heard some crazy fiberglass myths in my days, but this one might take the cake. The short answer to your question is NO. Not a chance. In fact, the same resins and construction used in building a Leisure shell is the same they use for underground gasoline tanks...all over the country. (Underground gas tanks can't be metal due to oxidation, and they need to last forever). So to make a long story short Pat, I would discount anyone that told you such information as either really dishonest or extremely misinformed. I'd also be tempted to have the person show you just 1 pool where this anomaly occurred. Good luck with your pool Pat!
Posted @ Thursday, February 25, 2010 8:56 PM by Marcus Sheridan
We have a clover shape fiberglass plunge pool and which is about 3 years old a few months ago about 5 cracks appeared at the base of the one of the stairs on the floor which follow the shape around. They are not getting any bigger but seem to be more noticeable as time goes on. Now it is starting to happen on the opposite side in the same fashion. these cracks can't be felt. 
Can you give an explanation as to what might be happening and what to do as this is a great concern. 
Regards
Posted @ Saturday, March 06, 2010 10:30 PM by ben priest
Hi Ben and thanks for stopping by. I'm sorry you're having this problem with your pool. It appears you have spider cracking in your gelcoat, which is a NON-structural issue. In other words, this won't affect the pool's ability to hold water, but it may get worse over time. This can happen due to a variety of reasons, such as the shell settling, the gelcoat was applied improperly, or maybe it's just a poor quality shell. But again, it sounds like your case will only be an aesthetic issue. Best of luck to you Ben.
Posted @ Sunday, March 07, 2010 10:04 PM by Marcus Sheridan
I have an old fiberglas pool approx 25 - 30 yrs old. Pool is still functional, has no leaks, but is stained in the bottom. What is the best solution this problem?
Posted @ Thursday, March 11, 2010 10:45 AM by Joy Faulks
Hi Joy, and thanks for stopping by. White pools tend to have staining issues over time, and it's caused by a variety of factors. Worst case scenario is that you'll have to re gel coat the pool. Best case is that a simple stain remover (which is typically a Vitamin C powder) is poured on top of the problem area. Have you tried any stain remover?
Posted @ Friday, March 12, 2010 12:58 PM by Marcus Sheridan
My pool is aqua in color. The stains are a rusty brown color. I use Baquacil pool products with no chlorine. I consulted last year with my local pool supplier. I was told that the vitamin C cannot be used in a Baquacil pool. Have you seen results in this type situation?
Posted @ Sunday, March 14, 2010 9:51 PM by Joy Faulks
I did treat the pool twice with a stain removing product recommended by my local supplier which was a product made by Baquacil. There was no change. With a sharp object, I can scrape a small amount of the stain off. I am reluctant to scrape hard enough to remove the stain as I fear I will damage the old fiberglas.
Posted @ Sunday, March 14, 2010 9:54 PM by Joy Faulks
Hi . We have a fiberglass pool, about 2-3 years old, and since Nov it has been leaking. Unfortunately it's in Turks and Caicos, so we can't hire a professional leak detecter guy. We've tried the dye, pressure, pump on and off, some of the pipes. Keep resealing it, didn't work. Looked at skimmers, can't find anything. It won't leak for a week, then in 1 day leak 2 inches! Any ideas as to figure it out?
Posted @ Monday, March 29, 2010 10:25 PM by Ramona Settle
Golly Ramona, sounds like you've tried just about everything, and the fact that it hasn't a set pattern really makes your problem confusing. How long has it been leaking? Is the pool open year round or do you close it ever? Has it leaked past the skimmer?
Posted @ Wednesday, March 31, 2010 12:49 PM by Marcus Sheridan
Hi Marcus, 
 
 
 
The man who installed it was going to call the company for ideas. It usually stops at the bottom of the skimmer-but that's been changed and fixed too. Someone suggested that the hydrolic valve might work too well? or might have sand in it (although they just replaced that too) maybe after it rains, it wants to drain out too much? Pool has been leaking off and on since Dec. It never rains in T&C, except this year has been unusually wet. The pool is open year round, it's never been closed. 2 hurricanes did hit in Oct. 2008, but leaks just started in Dec. Thanks for asking!
Posted @ Wednesday, March 31, 2010 3:22 PM by Ramona Settle
WE are just sick...had aloha pool placed at beginning of Oct 08.....On May 13th...pool came out of ground after connecting our automatic vacumn...I caught it about 2hours and turned off pump.....contacted the girl who sold the pool and her dad installed it...she was here within 30 min....oh daddy has insurance blah blah...next day dad came out and stated....IT WAS THE WATER TABLE....pool was full prior to pipe breaking from pool vac returning the water back under the pool....now here we are another summer with a jacked up pool...that I paid CASH for...I do not know where to turn
Posted @ Monday, April 12, 2010 11:46 AM by debra brockelbank
Very, very sorry to hear of your problem Debra. You should email some photos and maybe some more details, as I'd be happy to help. 
 
riverpoolsmarc@gmail.com
Posted @ Wednesday, April 14, 2010 10:25 PM by Marcus Sheridan
we are in the process of buying a house with a an 8 shaped fiberglass pool. the pool has been left sitting ,with water in it , for a few years. it seems to be in great shape and put in well, however it is leaking and everyone tells us that is probably from the plumbing freezing and bursting, is this common and is painting really a bad idea> everyone says that if you paint you will always be painting it. thank you
Posted @ Saturday, April 24, 2010 8:04 PM by tommy bowling
Hi Tommy, and thanks for the inquiry. In general, painting a fiberglass pool is a bad idea and can just lead to more and more work down the road. The best way to fix a surface is to re-gel coat it, but that is expensive and there aren't many companies that offer the service....And yes, there is a good chance the leak is in the plumbing, which is why you should have someone pressure test the lines to isolate the problem area. Best of luck to you.
Posted @ Monday, April 26, 2010 8:49 AM by Marcus Sheridan
We purchased a house last year with an approx 20 year old fiberglass pool. Our pool inspector told us he would be able to fix the cracks in the coping but has backed out of the work. We've had trouble finding someone to do the work in our area but have finally found someone who is interested but just learning about it. He indicated that he had to analyse the fiberglass from our pool brand (an out of business local company) to determine the gel coat needed. Is this correct? Also, we have a bit of bulging at one end of the pool that isn't changing. We need to replace our badly cracked concrete deck which is causing the cracks in the coping. If we dig down in that area, relieve the pressure and replace the sand with gravel, will the bulge go away? Thank you!
Posted @ Monday, May 03, 2010 12:43 PM by Victoria
I recently purchased a home with a kidney shaoed pool. I have noticed many circular bumps on the bottom and sides of the pool.  
 
There are rust spots on most of them. Could tell me what these bumps might be caused from.
Posted @ Monday, May 03, 2010 4:02 PM by Pat Tosi
My pool got fixed. The dye found a minuscule crack around the light fixture. Thanks for trying to help and your support!
Posted @ Monday, May 03, 2010 6:23 PM by Ramona
@ Victoria: If you do go through the efforts of replacing your patio then yes, the bulge should come out of the pool. My concern though in your case Victoria is the fact that the pool is so old (fiberglass pools are much, much better today than 20 years ago) the plumbing and pool structure may be quite sub par by this point, and not necessarily worth what you're going to put into it. Then again, the structure might be in great shape. You're welcome to send me some photos.... 
 
@Pat---It sounds like you may have metal in your water. Have you ever had it checked at a pool store? Stain removers can work very well.
Posted @ Tuesday, May 04, 2010 11:09 AM by Marcus Sheridan
We bought a house that is about twenty years old. The past week we have had an oil slick on the top of the pool. We added Suncoast Natural Oil and Scum Remover yesterday. The oil disapeared, but is back tonight. Help
Posted @ Tuesday, May 04, 2010 6:49 PM by Connie
do you work for leisure pools???
Posted @ Tuesday, May 18, 2010 5:02 PM by sandy
I also am having chalking on the sides of my pool , milky white, San Jaun says dont worry your pool gelcoat is 32 ml thick , what the heck is going on, How many years do I have left the pool is 7 years old thanks Joe feom Chicago
Posted @ Tuesday, May 18, 2010 7:27 PM by joe
@Sandy--We clearly do not work for Leisure Pools. We just happen to have a lot of experience with their product, as well as other manufacturers. 
 
@Joe-- Sorry for your problems Joe. Yeah, 7 years is pretty fast. What type of chemicals are you using? 
 
@Connie-- Oil slicks on pools are usually a byproduct of using a cheap algaecide, and using too much of it. Have you added algaecide recently?
Posted @ Wednesday, May 19, 2010 10:47 AM by Marcus Sheridan
Thank for the reply , I have a salt water generater , Water is check weekly, I only use shock when I close up the pool in the winter. CH is at 198,total Alk is 117 total dissoved solids is at 0 P.H 7.7
Posted @ Wednesday, May 19, 2010 12:09 PM by joe
Hi Marcus, I found this site and it seems to be the forerunner on information relating to fiberglass pools. My question is this, I live in Ontario Canada. The winter is harsh and as a result a pool is opened and closed every year. Fiberglass is not very common around my home town (Mount Albert near Newmarket) so I am wondering if it is due to the climate. Any information you could provide would be accepted with thanks. 
 
 
 
Respectfully. 
 
 
 
Andy Graham
Posted @ Monday, May 24, 2010 6:27 PM by Andy Graham
Andy,  
 
Great question! Fiberglass pools have yet to infiltrate certain regions of the Northern US and most of Canada, but not because of the climate. It's simply a result of certain regions being slow to change....and those regions are typically dominated by vinyl liners. A fiberglass pool will perform perfectly in your area. Perhaps you should pioneer the effort in Mount Albert.  
Good Luck,  
 
Jason
Posted @ Monday, May 24, 2010 6:48 PM by Jason
I am looking into getting a fiberglass pool in north Texas but I keep reading that they may "pop" out of the ground during our rainy season. Have you heard anything like this?
Posted @ Monday, May 31, 2010 7:36 AM by David
In regard to: (Posted @ Monday, February 15, 2010 2:14 PM by Sharon) Marcus, we have the same problen (exactly) as Sharon, with the exception of the fact that our pool is 20yrs old as opposed to 6yrs. Blue Hawaiian is the manufacturer. What is the solution to the milky white film (gel-coat oxidation)? Thanks in advance....Doris
Posted @ Monday, May 31, 2010 11:58 AM by Doris Pouliot
just bought a house with a fiberglass pool.The pool is about ten years old and I'm noticing blisters on the side walls most are silver dollar sized some smaller i pressed on them they seem to hard is this a concern or is normal.
Posted @ Monday, May 31, 2010 4:57 PM by Boggie
@Doris: Sorry you're having this problem. Frankly, I've not been getting great feedback around the country regarding Blue Hawaiian's gel coats these days. With their 1 year warranty though, you really have no recourse, hopefully it won't get a lot worse. Sorry :( 
 
@Boggie: Sounds like a cheap finish to the pool Boggie. Do you know the manufacturer. Blisters are very rare with most manufacturers today, but older pools did have this problem. It's not structural though, only aesthetic. 
 
***Note to all, the problems people are mentioning here go back to quality control by the manufacturers. This is why we talk so much about companies like Leisure on this blog because they simply aren't using inferior products to coat their fiberglass pools. I feel for everyone who is having problems and hope that new consumers will now have a resource through this blog to learn the facts. 
 
 
Posted @ Tuesday, June 01, 2010 9:46 AM by Marcus Sheridan
@David: I'd suggest reading some of the articles we've written on this site regarding 'pop ups' David. It sounds like you've been talking with too many concrete pool dealers, which is understandable considering you're in Texas. Notwithstanding, this certainly should NOT be a problem at all if the pool is built properly.
Posted @ Tuesday, June 01, 2010 9:48 AM by Marcus Sheridan
My fiberglass pool has a large bump at the bottom of the shallow end. It feels like a speed bump. Also the decline on the deep end and turned into a slight incline before it takes you deeper. This winter the ground was frozen for about 30 days in Virginia. Do you think the ground underneath the pool shifted?
Posted @ Tuesday, June 01, 2010 7:07 PM by Jesse
@Jesse: Yes, it does sound like you've had some movement, but I doubt it was a direct result of the weather.
Posted @ Tuesday, June 01, 2010 8:20 PM by Marcus Sheridan
I have a blue coloured fibreglass pool 18 months old. Entire vertical surfaces are discolouring as though the paint is dripping down the walls. The floor, steps and horozontal areas are fine. Have used stain remover to no avail. Manufacturer is not being helpful.  
 
Any ideas?
Posted @ Wednesday, June 02, 2010 6:39 AM by julie
I've chalking on the sides of my San Juan pool (white). What is causing this?
Posted @ Wednesday, June 02, 2010 6:31 PM by Gary
We have a 4.5 year old fiberglass pool (by Royal Pools). Each year we have the company which installed it also winterize it as they guarantee it not to freeze. Last week when my husband took off the cover he noticed the water level was very low, there was also a 4 foot crack in the bottom of the pool (the gravel was pushed through the crack) and the sides of our pool are now bowed. When the owner of the company came out to take a look at it, he said that the main drain had frozen and cracked. He stated that the water that was in the pool leaked under it causing hydrostatic pressure, resuling in the crack and bulging sides. He also said they never put antifreeze in the main drain because it is low enough to not freeze. My question is - whose fault is this? The owner first said they would take care of it, - but they may need to get their insurance company involved. Now, a week later he states that this is not covered under the manufacturers warantee and not really covered by them either. He said they can patch it and plug the drain. Today we talked to them again, he said that it is possible that termites ate through the drain pipe which could have also caused our problem, our house is only 4.5 years old and as far as I know no one around us has termites (I did not know termites ate plastic). We are beginning to feel as though we are getting the shaft. Is this a common problem in fiberglass pools and is this a sensable resolution to the problem??? What would you recommend in a situation like this? Please help!!!
Posted @ Thursday, June 03, 2010 9:42 PM by Tami
@Julie- Sorry you're having this problem so soon Julie. Stain remover won't do anything if it's a gelcoat issue (fading). I'm curious, who is the manufacturer? You may have a finish warranty claim. 
 
@Gary- Not the first person by any stretch to have this problem with a white fiberglass pool Gary, but such a problem usually happened on the older pools after the 12-15 year mark. It's not structural but it's a pain. How old is the pool? 
 
@Tami- Wow, so sorry this happened to you Tami. Sounds like you all have clearly identified how this happened, now it's just a question of 'who' is responsible. Frankly, I'd think you'd have recourse if the service company that closed it guaranteed that it wouldn't freeze. It's clearly not Royal's fault,as any pool could rupture with such hydrostatic pressure. Best of luck to you getting this resolved and email me directly if you need to.
Posted @ Friday, June 04, 2010 4:14 PM by Marcus Sheridan
I have a San Juan 8 l/2 foot diving pool 15 by 32 installed in 1983, Pool has shifted to one side in deep end and gel coat has patches of brown where it has worn off. Would it be worth the money to recoat it and I don't think it would be possible to reposition it due to fact that large crane put it in and now there is no room in yard. Pool works fine just cosmetic problem.
Posted @ Wednesday, June 09, 2010 2:42 PM by Margaret.Tomlin
What is the chalking is it or is it not the gel coat eroding away, the company says it not ( san Jaun) The said its a chemical deposit, and said if it was the pool gelcoat is 32ml thick and not to worry?
Posted @ Wednesday, June 09, 2010 3:59 PM by joe
Many of you have asked about 'chalking' recently with fiberglass pools. This is typically an issue with older 'white' pools, or even light blue, and the reason, if you're looking for a scientific answer, is as follows: 
 
The dusting is caused by titanium dioxide that is coming off the etched pool surfaces. This is caused by prolonged exposure of the pool surfaces to aggressive water conditions. Examples: low PH, low alkalinity, high PH, & high alkalinity. While this typically takes years to occur, unless the gel coat is old when sprayed on: problems can occur with plaster/mar cite under the same conditions in a matter of weeks or even less. 
This product is in ALL gel coats except clear. It is also used in tooth paste, deodorants, paints of all types & is obviously NON-TOXIC. 
It is a nuisance to water clarity. The only long term solution is the resurfacing of the pool. 
 
Hope this offers a little clarity to the subject, as I'll likely be writing a blog on it soon.
Posted @ Thursday, June 10, 2010 1:59 PM by Marcus Sheridan
@Margaret: If it's cosmetic, it's likely worth the fix.
Posted @ Thursday, June 10, 2010 2:00 PM by Marcus Sheridan
We are considering a fiberglass pool but are concerned about our 105lb Golden Retreiver scratching the steps getting in and out of the pool. How easy does the gelcoat scratch?
Posted @ Wednesday, June 16, 2010 2:26 PM by Paul Heinrich
We've done many, many pools for dog owners like yourself Paul without incident, so this should not be a problem.
Posted @ Wednesday, June 16, 2010 3:52 PM by Marcus Sheridan
I read the responses to the white powdery substance on a fiberglass pool. Was the only solution to resurface the pool. I did not have any problems with my pool last year and now this year I am battling the powder issue. Is there any other causes other than the gelcoat. 
 
 
 
Posted @ Wednesday, June 23, 2010 7:54 PM by Jeff
Hi: Please help. The fiberglass pool I have gets yellow. I put stain remover purchased at Pinch a penny and it clears, but comes back in couple of weeks. Is there anything else I may use in place of the stain remover? 
 
Thank you for your help. 
 
Persida
Posted @ Wednesday, June 30, 2010 12:55 PM by Persida Figueroa
We had both a pool and spa from leisure pools. The pool arrived with a scrape along the lower step which after a week now just sitting in the hole we are told by someone there to just sand it down. We now find a spider crack at the upper edge of the spa about 2 inches long. Our contractor is sending pictures now to get them to send a repair kit or whatever they tell us to do. Meanwhile it has been a week, in the sun, growing mosquitoes. We can't backfill the hole or put much water in until the repairs are done. I am frustrated trying to deal with a company so far away. We are reasonable people but this is getting ridiculous. I am beginning to wish I had gone with gunite.
Posted @ Thursday, July 01, 2010 4:43 PM by karen Maier-Anderson
@Jeff-- Sorry, but it sounds like the gelcoat is wearing down. How old is the pool? Remember, this isn't a harmful or structural thing....but it can be a cloudy pain in the but. What chemicals are you using? 
 
@Persida-- Do you have metals by any chance in your water?? Have you gotten it tested? 
 
@Karen-- Sorry you are having a few problems Karen, but to be honest with you it sounds like they are short term frustrations, but long term it should end up just fine. Unfortunately, things can happen in shipping to a pool. But things can happen when building any type of pool. What has happened to you up to this point isn't a reflection of fiberglass vs concrete, and you shouldn't turn it into that. You've made a good decision. I'm sure it will be better very soon and then you'll have years and years to enjoy the pool. Best of luck to you with the project and try to keep smiling.
Posted @ Friday, July 02, 2010 1:46 PM by Marcus Sheridan
Hi. I am thinking about getting a fiberglass pool and the Leisure Pool contractor said that Leisure Pools have a better warranty and their materials are superior and that's why they are more expensive. Is this true?
Posted @ Friday, July 02, 2010 8:00 PM by suzan pechinko
Hi Suzan, and thanks for stopping by. As for the cost of Leisure vs other manufacturers, it is hard to say. I can tell you though that Leisure makes, without a question, one top one or two pools in the entire industry. I base that opinion on my work with other manufacturers and also builder/homeowner feedback I get all over North America. 
 
Best of luck to you in this project.
Posted @ Friday, July 02, 2010 8:53 PM by Marcus Sheridan
Hi, I am looking at buying a new Viking pool that has been sitting on display for 5 plus years in the elements of the northeast weather thru all of the seasons without the pool being covered. It has upgrades like fiber optic lighting, mosaic tile and built in jucuzzi as well.Is there anything we should be concerned with, fading any fictures like the jets, filter etc. that we should be concerned about as well as the finish and the fiberglass due to sitting out in the weather on display and not in the ground with water in it. The areas like the jets, trim around the fiberoptic lighting and the filter paddle area seem to be discolored yellowish and a major concern would be the pool itself and or the fictures being dried out and is it possible that they would become weaker that could cause issues after installation
Posted @ Thursday, July 08, 2010 7:25 AM by Joe Caka
Hi Joe, and thanks for stopping by. I'd request new plumbing fixtures if I were you. 5 years is a good amount of time, so new return fitting, skimmer, main drains, etc would be a good idea. You should also find out what the warranty on the pool is. Does it start from when you buy it, or did it start 5 years ago? Best.......
Posted @ Thursday, July 08, 2010 8:02 AM by Marcus Sheridan
First, all of your comments here are extremely useful. We have a fiberglass in-ground pool that started showing bubbles this year, and the bubbles now have some small rough pits as well. We think it may be the result of an extraordinarily wet season last year as your comments above suggest. Can something like this be repaired? There are quite a few of them all around the pool now and we want to do the right thing in terms of addressing the problem right away. Thanks for any feedback.
Posted @ Sunday, July 11, 2010 6:45 PM by Linda Boynton
Linda,  
Thanks for the compliment!  
It sounds like your pool has osmotic blisters. They are purely cosmetic and yes they can be repaired. Good Luck!
Posted @ Monday, July 12, 2010 5:08 AM by Jason Hughes
Hi, We bought an Ocean Reef pool in 2006 through a local pool company. It is free form, and there is a point at the end of the bottom stair where a ledge begins that goes all around the pool and slopes out on the other side at the shallow end. A few weeks after it was installed, a crack appeared at the point. Ocean Reef had to repair it twice. It blended so well you could not see it. However, it has cracked again, and a long linear crack appeared that follows the form of the pool the same as Ben Priest's clover pool, only more cracks have developed parallel to the original crack below it, and they are getting longer. The pool is about 15 x 30 and the main crack starts about halfway across the bottom stair where it meets the floor and follows the pool's form down to the deep end. So far it is not leaking, but it really looks bad. It also has small blistering on most of the wall surfaces that appeared when it was a year old. You can feel them, but not see them. We chose a blue corian liner. Is that the same as Aquaguard? The pool company has shyed away from us since Ocean Reef went out of business, so we will most likely have to fix the cracks ourselves. Also, I was wondering if it is possible to install tile around the edge of the pool. We purchased tile dolphins that were molded into the pool when it was made, but not sure if it is possible to tile it after the fact. FYI, we have city water and septic so chose salt with an automatic chlorinator, and use a Hayward auto cleaner. We live in the sticks, and even though the pool has a screened enclosure, it still gets dirty fast from a large oak that hovers over part of the pool and deck. The pool cleaner works great if you follow the directions to the letter, but it's easy to use once you get it adjusted properly and very durable. I was really feeling like we made a horrible mistake until I read your blog and the nightmares others are facing. We perform most of the repairs to our home and boat, so we are familiar with a variety of tools and materials. Could you please render some advice on where can we get the instructions and materials to fix the cracks, and is there anything to worry about since one crack is the length of the pool? Thanks for your assistance in this matter. Sincerely, Sandi Day, FL
Posted @ Sunday, August 01, 2010 10:49 PM by Sandra Day
Wow Sandi, so sorry about your issue, especially considering Ocean Reef is no more. If I were you, I'd contact John Park of Fiberglass Specialists. They travel up and down the east coast, and their number is 3378531399. Good luck to you!
Posted @ Monday, August 02, 2010 11:02 AM by Marcus Sheridan
We are having a Viking pool installed this week. The back-fill (gravel) is going in with commensurate water fill. At half full we noticed that the water level was receding. My husband got in and felt a foot long, offset crack following the shape of one of the deep-end corners. Clearly it is a structural crack. This early in the game we are wary of patching a through-and-through crack and would like a new shell. Is that a reasonable expectation? We are paying a lot of money for a NEW pool and expect that we are not receiving a faulty product. 
 
Thanks.
Posted @ Monday, August 09, 2010 7:49 AM by swimberly
Let me guess Swimberly, it's a rectangle that you have, 8' deep, and the crack is in the deep end corner? .......anyway, you should call me directly on this one to discuss, or email me directly. My cell is 8047617924. Best to you....I'm sorry you're going through this.
Posted @ Monday, August 09, 2010 8:27 AM by Marcus Sheridan
Hello, I have a blue fiberglass pool from Hatteras Pools. The gel coat looks like it's fading to white. When I called Hatteras, they referred me to a pool store to get stain removing chemicals. $75 later, same thing. I have hard well water and assume it's a calcium issue. My water is clear and ph-chlorine levels are good. Any suggestion how to get my blue back to normal? Thanks in advance.
Posted @ Monday, August 09, 2010 6:16 PM by Chris
Hi Chris, thanks for stopping by. Tell me, what exactly is your calcium level? Have you had it checked at a pool store?
Posted @ Monday, August 09, 2010 7:18 PM by Marcus Sheridan
I have a fiberglass pool in the ground for 9 years now. It has settled a bit over the years and may have some pressure on the sides from the concrete deck settling and pulling the pool down with it. Nothing too bad though. This morning I noticed a crack by the main drain at the bottom of the pool. It is leaking as i am losing about 1/2" a day. Are there any underwater repair products available that actually will work? My yard is higher than my street. water table might be low enough to drain pool compltetely. Good Idea? I will have to repair this before winter as the water will leak all winter until empty.
Posted @ Wednesday, August 11, 2010 11:28 AM by Frank
Thank you for such helpful information! I have a fiberglass pool that was installed in 2007. In 2008 we had a crack on the ledge at the skimmer (deep) end of the pool and lost water. The company sent out a couple of service guys and repaired it. In April of this year we had another crack, same ledge, same end, about 8-10 inches from the first crack and we were losing water. They sent out a couple of guys and it was repaired. Last week, another crack, between the first two, losing water. They sent out the repair guys and they said they were just going to "patch it real good" to get us through the summer and the manufacturer will send someone to do a permanent fix during the off season. Today, I come home and the crack has spread beyond the "patch" and I am losing water. My questions: Could this be a defect in the pool itself, or poor installation? How many times should they "repair" it before it should be replaced? I don't think we should be having so many leaking cracks, should we? Thank you for any insight you can give. Your website is wonderful.
Posted @ Wednesday, August 11, 2010 8:44 PM by Gale
@Frank 
 
Don't drain the pool buddy. If your walls are already bulging it could be risky. I'd have someone experienced in draining and repairing fiberglass pools check it out. A gentelman named John Park has been referenced in prior comments on this article and his info is included there....I believe. You could call him. I'm not aware of any underwater repair methods, but they could be out there.  
 
 
 
@Gale 
 
Sounds fishy Gale. Fiberglass pools that fail usually do not do so more than once, especially in the same area. Is the dealer of manufacturer offering any reasons why this is happening? If I were you, I'd have another fiberglass pool professional present when the next repair is made so he/she can check the thickness and integrity of the pool. If I had to guess, I'd say it's either that the pool is thin in that area, or there is tremendous pressure on that portion of the pool from manipulating it during the install. Let me know if there is anything else I can do to help. Good luck and sorry you're having these problems.
Posted @ Thursday, August 12, 2010 8:36 PM by Jason
I live in a very hot climate, Tucson, and am wondering if I have to "open or close" my pool. Also, I'm buying a leisure pool but it will sit next to 3 trees that lose their leaves in winter for about a month. Does leisure pool have an expanded basket or something else to address the problem? Thanks.
Posted @ Friday, August 20, 2010 8:57 PM by Susan Fisher
Hi Susan, and congrats on your pool. The answer to your questions really isn't a 'Leisure Pool' issue, as all the manufacturers pretty much use the same type of skimmer, plus that won't really do the trick. What I'd suggest is a good automatic vacuum or maybe during that month you utilize a 'leaf cover', which are available and specific to catching leaves. Good luck to you!
Posted @ Monday, August 23, 2010 8:47 AM by Marcus Sheridan
We have our own well water and have a 20 yr old fiberglass pool (unknown manf)with blisters and black spots (coblat?) in Central San Joaquin Valley, California Would resurfacing help? There are no visible cracks but the walls develop algae easily.
Posted @ Sunday, September 05, 2010 10:18 AM by Susan
Hi Susan, and thanks for stopping by. Yes, resurfacing would likely help, and if the pool is about 20 years old, that's not bad for the older finishes that didn't have the technology used today.
Posted @ Wednesday, September 08, 2010 11:15 AM by Marcus Sheridan
Have just noticed a long strip of blistering on my 20,000 gal. white San Juan fiberglass. I have paperwork from previous owners and the pool was put in 1997. I am wondering if I should have the entire surface re-gel coated while it's drained? I am worried about shifting/cracking while the issue gets repaired. How do I find a qualified person? Any help would be greatly appreciated ( I am closing tomorrow). Thanks.
Posted @ Thursday, September 09, 2010 8:14 PM by Robin
I'm curious Robin, why would you drain it at all??? This isn't a good idea unless you're doing it for the actually repair. As far as repairing the entire pool, that's a tough call. I'd get estimates from both if I were you and then make a decision.
Posted @ Monday, September 13, 2010 9:37 AM by Marcus Sheridan
Live in PA. Contracted to put in a vinyl pool. During excavation, we discovered really old trees around 9 feet down. Vinyl pool provider won't complete work unless with spend another $15K to re-compact the soil due to fear of shifting walls. Before we fill in the excavation, we talked to a fiberglass pool installer who said that the 16X40 fiberglass pool with a diving end would not be concerned about the potential fill underneath. I don't know anything about this topic. Could you share your thoughts. Thanks for the help!
Posted @ Thursday, September 16, 2010 5:53 PM by Bob
Hate to say it Bob, but you're going to have to dig to virgin soil and then bring it up with gravel to make the pool a reality--- no matter what type of pool it is. We've had the same thing happen before with at least 2 customers, and it's just an unfortunate situation.
Posted @ Thursday, September 16, 2010 6:14 PM by Marcus Sheridan
Marcus...thanks for the quick response! One last question - we have a concrete pool installer quoting that he can install the pool on fill. Is that possible? 
 
 
 
Thanks again, 
 
Bob
Posted @ Tuesday, September 21, 2010 9:10 PM by Bob
I don't see anyway possible Bob, but maybe he has an explanation....
Posted @ Friday, September 24, 2010 12:05 AM by Marcus Sheridan
We have a fiberglass free form pool,approximately 10 years old, installed by Islander pools, out of business, that has a crack in the side. We need to have it repaired before we close it. Does anyone know a fiberglass repair person in Northern NJ? Also, can you give us some information on what to expect as far as how the job should be done, cost, etc. A quick respose is appreciated. Thanks.
Posted @ Wednesday, September 29, 2010 6:34 AM by Teri Russo
Teri,  
How large is the crack? Does it go through the entire shell, or only partially? Are there any significant bulges in the side walls of the pool, or has the pool or the patio settled at all?
Posted @ Thursday, September 30, 2010 8:12 AM by Jason
Hello. I have a 30 year old fiberglass pool that's kidney shaped. For the last couple weeks it's been leaking better than an inch a day. There are blisters on the bottom and visible cracks in the shallow end (3 ft deep) which were there when I bought the home but now have worsened. I dug down to check the niche and can't see a leak there. I live in Las Vegas and have been told that you should never drain a fiberglass pool. Well then how do I fix the leaks and patch the fiberglass if I can't drain it. I'm kind of up against it here. I believe the pool brand is Sunsaver but heck the thing is 30 years old. No problems with bulging or anything else, it's just got some age problems. Can it be saved? What happens if I drain it?
Posted @ Friday, October 01, 2010 10:04 PM by Miles Monroe
we signed a contract with a viking pool dealer in june 09 he claimed a few weeks we would b swimming they started digging right away and our pool was delivered however it didnt move into the ground intill april10 then he told us his brother dug the hole 2 big so we asked if it would cause any problems or if we needed to move the pool to another area because we were afraid it would sink.he said no he was using rock 2 build it back up well guess what it sunk and when it did it twisted the side of the pool and kinda raised the shallow side up out of the ground.when we addressed him about it he said it was going to cost us bmore money to pull it out of the ground and fix it then he went on vacation for the 3rd time and sent his men anyway to start my decking i told them ton leave untill i spoke with their boss and then i contacted viking the man i spoke with told me he would make him fix it or he would lose his dealers rights to viking me and my husband were very skeptical because of all the crap this man had drug us thru we were ready to cut our loses and find another viking dealer but this man insisted on letting him make it right.so nit went back in forth about crane verses jacking it up they said the footprint was fine so they jacked it up then he told us he didnt have to pour concrete collar around it since he was pouring pug for the pavers since he said we could get them for the same price as stamped concrete so instead of doing a cantilever edge with concrete he used these bullnose blocks which have huge gaps in them which we have been told that pavers arent really a good idea around fiberglass pools from other pool people our pool is still not straight in the ground u can see where its still like higher that on side in the center plus we have had 2 leaks from the plumbing and now we have a crack right were they jacked it up and it goes across the bench down the wall and all across the deepend were not losing much water but we are afraid whats going to happen this winter when we winterize it the people at viking claim theyr just spider cracks and to repair them will look worse than they do now we have begged them from the beginning since the sinking incident to come out and look at our pool even offered 2 pay their travels they declined untill now since my husband called them back and ask 2 talk 2 the vp now they are contridicting each other about the collar and the warranty also when i signed the contract i asked the gentleman what all i would have 2 do to my yard when he was finished he said seed and straw well let me tell u 10 grand later we had 2 regrade the entire yard because it was washing into our pool and down past our house and into the road.and we had to get a retaining wall built because it was eroding so bad we were afraid th pool was going to end up into our house!we have since talked to an attorney but we are having trouble finding someone to do an inspection on our pool in our area please help us with any advice you can give us this has been a nightmare for my family instead of a pleasure we still havent swam in our pool and now its time to close it.we live in Tennessee ps our pavers are sinking and settling and the joints are cracking and crumbling any advice or a shoulder to cry on would be most helpful! Thanks Brooke
Posted @ Sunday, October 03, 2010 5:37 PM by brooke hinchey
I have a fibreglass pool that also has the chalky powder build up. This happened last summer and actually went away after one of many trips to the pool shop. It has now returned after winter and i wish i could remember what chemicals went in at that time so I am going to try and get rid of it again...fingers crossed, could this be a calcium build up? One of the chemicals i used last year was called "tropiclear" i do remember the chalk dissapearing after i put this in. If i have any luck i will post the remedy.
Posted @ Sunday, October 03, 2010 5:50 PM by Doug Piper
Lets keep in touch , I also have the same problem , Its a sanjaun pool 7 years old . I thinks it the gel coat going . San jaun says its build up , but I dont think so how can we test it, is it the pain? Lets get down to the bottom of this,This seems to be a popular post
Posted @ Sunday, October 03, 2010 5:54 PM by joe piazza
We also have the chalking on our white fiberglass pool, on all surfaces, even above the water line. I believe this is oxidation, like happens in the sun on boats and RV's. I hate to brush the pool since the water is milky. I'll be interested in what solutions there may be. The pool store says it's related to imbalences in PH, but the problem is constant- most of the time our PH is correct. 
 
Brooke, what is the latest?
Posted @ Saturday, October 16, 2010 8:17 AM by Penny
I spoke to another pool tech yesterday about chalk /oxidisation of fibreglass pools. he said it could also be high chlorine levels, when a fibreglass pool gets older the gelcoat breaks down easier so if you have high chlorin levels the chlorine smashes the gelcoat and breaks it down, he suggested to lower my chlorine level, i have a salt water pool with chlorinator so i am running my chlorinator 3 days a week instead of 7 keeping my ph (1.1) and alkaline (50 parts) and chlorine (7.0-7.2)levels way down. 
 
Once I achieve these levels he said the problem should go away. (My pool is approx 60,000 litres) 
 
This may be why the problem went away last summer, i didnt go to the pool shop all summer and the chlorine would have been burnt up by the sun etc. I wilol keep in touch.
Posted @ Tuesday, October 19, 2010 4:50 PM by Doug
@Miles, it is possible to drain fiberglass pools as long as it's done correctly. There are two things that could potentially damage the pool: 1. hydrostatic pressure from water around the outside of the pool and 2. the backfill material collapsing causing bulges in the side walls. Assuming you have no way to check how much ground water you have (such as a drain pipe beside the pool), you can check for hydrostatic pressure during draining by slowly draining the pool and getting in and walking on the floor of the pool during the process. If there is significant water on the outside of the pool, the floor of the pool will have a water bed feeling to it. If you feel this, quit and refill the pool....you will have to install a french drain or other method to remove the water, or wait until a dryer time of year (I know you're in Vegas, but I'm writing this for everyone). If you do not have the water bed sensation of having water under the pool floor, your good to go. Many times an actual bulge is evident in the pool floor from this water pressure so be sure to check visually too. To prevent the side walls from bulging, install braces across the pool at least 2' down from the top of the pool. Be sure to protect the surface to prevent scratching. Be sure to check the weather forecast before draining the pool because most repairs take 2-3 days and substantial rain could cause a big problem. For the record though, we strongly recommend having an experienced fiberglass pool professional drain the pool....even though it's not rocket science. Hope this helps.
Posted @ Wednesday, October 20, 2010 5:19 PM by Jason Hughes
@ Brooke. Gosh Brooke, so sorry you're having these problems. Sounds like you need to drop the contractor immediately and find someone reputable to come in and fix all of his mistakes. Hopefully, he'll be willing to pay to have the work done. I really hope you get it resolved quickly. Best of luck to you.
Posted @ Wednesday, October 20, 2010 5:27 PM by Jason Hughes
@Doug, thanks for the follow up buddy. Salt systems are great, but one downfall is that you really don't know when chlorine levels are high because the chlorine is almost imperceptible. So your point of closely monitoring chlorine is very pertinent to many fiberglass pool owners. Thanks again Doug!
Posted @ Wednesday, October 20, 2010 5:32 PM by Jason Hughes
Hello,  Let me first aplogize for such a long post!  I'm truly soory but desperate for any suggestions!  I have a 4 year old heated-Saline, Blue Hawaiian fiberglass pool (SOUTHWIND model) installed by Blue Dolphin Pools of Florida (Tallahassee).  I am a single mom of three, that installed this pool for my disabled daughter with Cerebral Palsy.  We paid cash for this pool out of a medical trust for her love of water and physical therapy. About 3 months after installation I noticed "alka seltzer" like bubbles coming from the bottom jet.  When I say bottom jet, it's below the light in the deep end.  At first I thought it was a drain like most pools but the installer corrected me many times. It was a jet (which I thought it was odd he made it a jet and not a drain)!  I called the installer several time re: the bubbles but he assured me it was normal & fine. Then I started to notice a orange/brown stain surrounding the jet.  The installer said it was a stain and I needed to have the pool service and use a stain remover.  Stain remover didn't work, but wiping it off by hand did.  It continued to bubble and stain further, and every month I would wipe the orange/brown off by hand.  A year & a half later I started to notice a white milky substance on the sides of the pool.  I could always tell when the pool maintenance/service had been here, because there was always a huge white puddle of water where he had rinsed the filter! I complained to the pool service of not maintaining the pool, but they insisted all salt/chemicals/minerals/PH etc. had been tested and came out fine.  I have a great digital monitor inside the house to alert me of any imbalance or valve problems, no problems.  I started taking my pool water samples myself to be tested, no problems.  My installer said it was oxidation.  Two years later my shiny pool had become dull and dingy.  Every time I got out of the pool my swim suit was covered in white chalk, since I had touched the sides, even my feet and hands would be chalky by touching the fiberglass.  The chalk would wipe off easy, and when the pool was cleaned you couldn't even see the bottom of the pool it was so bad!  So, the other day I sat by my cloudy/clean pool and enjoyed the sound of the waterfall.  The pool filter clicked off from the timer, and I went inside.  (10 hours later)/The next morning, I went out to enjoy my relaxing oasis. But to my surprise, I couldn't see any water at first! The pool was 2/3 full and had leaked aprox 9000 gallons of water in 10 hours!!! This is when I also noticed the 3 foot long vertical crack/hole in the deep end running through the bottom jet. I was frantic, especially since the crack/pool was 7 feet from my septic tank. I called everyone (blue dolphin, blue Hawaiian, septic service) Should I drain the pool to avoid any other damage especially my septic from sinking??  It was a Saturday, so it was 8 hours later when I heard from my installer. The pool had been leaking at a rate of an inch and hour, so he advised me to drain the entire pool to avoid septic tank issues, so I did. I gathered I had a possible septic tank issue a week before all this and was awaiting septic service, (toilets stopping up, methane smell in the house and the drain field had started to sink in)! As the pool drained into our pasture (salt water has killed every blade of grass for the horses now) I noticed that the concrete surrounding the pool was terribly cracked. The concrete crack went horizontally from one side of the deep end to the other. Like the deep end of the concrete had split in half. The same happened in the shallow end! After the water had drained out of the pool, orange brown clay started weeping from the crack (same color as the stain I had complained about)! Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse...1 day after the pool drained, the bottom of the pool was like a sponge to walk on and all sides and stairs of the pool were hollow!  Clay/water began to leak from the pool light which was filled with mud. Day three, I stepped down into the shallow end and the deep end popped up like I was stepping into a plastic kiddie pool.  I then noticed the entire pool floor sparkled!!?? When I bent down to inspect the sparkle, I was shocked to see what I suspected to be shards of FIBERGLASS!!  Now a week later, the septic tank/drain field has been inspected, septic tank sank a foot further into the ground & drain field has completely collapsed/blocked.   The tank probably sank due to ground moisture, caused from pool leak not determined.  I have had 3 pool professionals come out and evaluate the situation, including the installer.  The installer says "Just patch it. The pool settled and shifted the pipe & don't worry about the bubbles. Their nothing to worry about." The 2nd pool inspector-"You got a big problem here!" He confirmed the fibers were FIBERGLASS and that the pool in the deep end had warped.  He believes the pool shell has cracked due to a manufacture defect, gel coating issues (white chalk issues), small crack causing leak & erosion over time, that turned into big crack dumping 9000 gallons of water in 10 hours causing big erosion issues!.  The third pool inspector-claims he's fixing a pool very similar to mine two miles down the road with an identical crack and erosion, around the same age!  He was quick and short, not wanting to get involved when my mouth dropped with the news of the other pool issue.  He also informed me that Jerry (the installer) is out of business.  Tonight I found out Blue Dolphin of Florida (Tallahassee) is still in business here.  Jerry... he was a manager for Blue Dolphin and the pool contractor "William Jolly"(I never saw or met).  Blue Hawaiian Fiberglass Pools  is now saying they will send someone to inspect & fix my pool, from Largo Florida (manufactures home base)!  But....I have to pay $1,100 per day for the contractor to drive 8 hours to determine if it's a manufacture defect or not. If he decides it's not a defect I have to pay him for his travel/inspection/repair...isn't that a conflict of interest?  I asked the manufacture about their 35 year shell warranty and how they fix/replace a defective pool.  The response...we just pay for the repair, we dont replace.  Shouln't they replace their pool if it's found to be defective? When I purchased the pool for my disabled daughter for $66,000 CASH I didn't think I payed for a fix-R-upper!  Two pool professionals have told me to go ahead and contact an attorney.  I see so many complaints for this company, why can't we all get together and file a suit?  Any suggestions would be a great help!  Oh, he back filled with the RED CLAY he dug out for the pool, I’m guessing that probably wasn’t very smart of him? Again, I am so sorry for the long post!
Posted @ Wednesday, November 03, 2010 8:01 PM by Brady
Wow Brady, I'm so sorry to hear about everything that has happened with your pool. Frankly, I'm not sure where to even start. But from what you've explained, it does sound like the pool was installed and manufactured improperly. Whether or not it's repairable, well that's tough to say. No matter what, sounds like it needs to be re gelcoated. The fact that it wasn't backfilled properly is very bothersome as well. Again, sorry not to be of more help here to you. I hope you can get this resolved.
Posted @ Saturday, November 06, 2010 11:49 AM by Marcus Sheridan
I am looking to install a pool in the coming months and had almost made up my mind to get a Leisure fiberglass pool. However, reading all these 'Problems' with Fiberglass, I am now not too sure. I live in South Texas, not far from the Leisure Pools in New Braunfels. The ground here is full of caliche - will this cause problems for a fibreglass pool. I know you are a proponant for fibreglass pools, but honestly, would a concrete one be better in this environment? 
 
Thanks
Posted @ Tuesday, November 09, 2010 10:41 AM by Janet
Hi Janet, and thanks for your email. You must understand that every type of pool has it's problems...and also it's solutions. The difference between this blog and the rest of the world is we're open about said problems and solutions. As far as caliche is concerned, I'm not sure where you heard fiberglass wouldn't work well. In fact, in terms of caliche and other difficult soil, fiberglass is the easily superior to concrete in terms of its ability to deal with bad soil conditions. Understand that I'm not being biased here. These are the facts and our goal is to help. I'd also strongly recommend you go to the Leisure factory.I'm sure it would be an amazing experience for you and all your concerns would be resolved. Good luck.
Posted @ Tuesday, November 09, 2010 11:08 AM by Marcus Sheridan
Ok, Thanks for your response. I very much appreciate all the information on your site, it's the best I have come across. I will go and take a look around Leisure Pools. 
 
 
 
I do have just another quick in question - I have heard that salt water pools are becoming popular now - do you have much experience with salt water pools and what do you think of them and would it be OK to have this in a fibreglass pool. 
 
 
 
My thanks again. 
 
Janet
Posted @ Wednesday, November 10, 2010 11:27 AM by Janet
Glad to hear that Janet. Yes, salt is wonderful and about 100% of our customers use salt and love it. Just type in 'salt' in the search box at the top of the blog page and you'll see all the articles we've written about them, or just check the categories to the right. 
 
Good luck!
Posted @ Wednesday, November 10, 2010 11:30 AM by Marcus Sheridan
Hi Bob, and thanks for stopping by. I looked at the pics and if the manufacturer said the pool is fine/still warrantied, then you should be good to go. Fiberglass is very strong, and therefore this 'flex' should not do any harm. Notwithstanding, it is unusual that the pool would be 1.5" out of level. Did this happen before or after the patio was installed?
Posted @ Wednesday, November 17, 2010 3:13 PM by Marcus Sheridan
Who can I use to gel coat my pool, I am chalking and in about a year or 2 I am going to have to re gel coat , This Chalking is a big problem, I do not want to do it my self? Thank you Joe
Posted @ Saturday, November 20, 2010 3:19 PM by joe
I'd suggest American Fiberglass Pools out of Houston Texas. They've refinished hundreds and hundreds of fiberglass pools in the past.
Posted @ Monday, November 22, 2010 9:56 AM by Marcus Sheridan
What is the average cost of a regular size fiber glass pool?
Posted @ Saturday, December 04, 2010 1:06 PM by
Hi I have a fiberglass swimming pool and the water has been emptied. The floor of the pool has bulged up and it now has many spider cracks. I have been told to cut the floor down the middle push the floor back down then re fiberglass the cut and gel coat once finished. Is this the best way to fix my problem? Is there any other way? Can I just fix the spider cracks and full pool, will this push the floor down and push the water underneath it back through the release valve? I Look forward to your response. Thanks in advance... Graham
Posted @ Wednesday, December 08, 2010 11:21 PM by Graham
We have a Fiberglass pool in Round Rock Texas. Installed about 7 years ago. The pool is still in great shape,no staining,color still good. About two seasons ago it started getting these little bumps,about the size of a nickle,in random parts of the pool. Sides and bottom. No signs of any cracking and the surface of the Bump or(Blister)is still very hard. Any thoughts on how they got there or how to fix. Jana
Posted @ Monday, December 13, 2010 12:05 PM by Jana Pocock
We live in Australia, have a fibreglass pool ,light blue in colour,not sure how old is is but we have lived here for 6 years ,so pool is probably about 10 years old. One of the steps flexs as if here is a void underneath and recently we have started to see discoloration on some of the steps and right down the centre of the pool ,could this just be the gel coating or something more?
Posted @ Thursday, December 23, 2010 9:09 PM by Diane Barnett
Diane, thanks for stopping by. It sounds like these two issues are not related. How much does the step flex, or is there just a hallow sound underneath? Having voids under steps is not a concern, but if the step actually moves that's a different story. 
 
Regarding the discoloration, what type of chemicals do you use? What kind of discoloration is occurring....fading, black/brown stains, etc?  
 
Feel free to email me pics if you like.  
 
Posted @ Thursday, December 23, 2010 10:44 PM by Jason
Thank Jason,I dont think the step moves but when you step on it it sounds hollow so we dont step down on that part and it is bowed slightly in thst one spot. In regards to the discolouration its like a translucent pattern that is slightly brown, mu husband says it looks like the colour of the earth(ground) under the pool is almost coming through the fibreglass and thats what worries us,
Posted @ Friday, December 24, 2010 2:56 PM by Diane Barnett
Jan.8 2011 - I do not drain my fiberglass pool - it has been unusually cold this winter - I keep my pump on - all of a sudden , the pool drained in about two hours ! Obviously , a pipe has burst somewhere - I am totally new to this , so I need to know where to start - I did a 5 minute backwash to try to drain any remaining water from the pipes . Since it is 20 degrees , what else should I do ? How do I find out where the problem is ? I assume I wait till the weather breaks ? Please help . I am a cancer patient and this pool is my therapy . Thank - you !!
Posted @ Saturday, January 08, 2011 9:07 PM by judy brater
In Australia & really enjoying the forum - wish I had read before we purchased. Purchased and had installed a 9m fibreglass pool recently and have a problem with the base if the pool where it seems that the gravel used as a base has shifted whereby the fibreglass drops away by say an inch at the shallow end of pool and also sides. Pool qaulity is fine (good quality thick shell (say 20mm) and have been advised by installer that over time this will settle and level out. Have my concerns and would appreciate your feedback on potential long term problems if any? Cheers Adrian
Posted @ Wednesday, February 16, 2011 4:00 AM by Adrian
We have a 9.2 x 4m rectangle pool which after installation we noticed the deep end back and side had bulging. We were told by the supplier that the bulging was from the pool not being back filled adequately. We were assured this would not effect the structural integrity of the pool. The pool is now 4 yrs old and we have just noticed a crack in the back corner on the safety ledge which spans about 10cm long and about 5mm wide. We have also noticed we are losing about 5inches of water every 24hours. We've contacted the manufacturer and haven't heard back yet. Is this something that can be fixed? We are worried they'll try and patch the crack but not fix the underlying problem. Is this common? We are starting to panic a bit as we are worried about the volume of water its losing and where its going. Any advice would be great
Posted @ Friday, March 18, 2011 11:58 PM by Sharyn
We have an 20 year old rectangle shaped fiberglass pool which was repaired 10 years ago when it bulged. The places which were repaired have completely discolored. We live in southeast Arkansas and I am trying to find someone to re-gelcoat. Please help!
Posted @ Thursday, March 31, 2011 11:09 PM by Inez
I just regelcoated an older fiberglass pool last month, and it has now begun chalking. I think the pool store has been giving me bad alkalinty and chlorine readings. What should I be keeping the alkalinity at? also, after brushing and cleaning the filter which is very chalky, it also has a slight tint of blue to it. Where is this color coming from? I properly catalized the gelcoat. The pool isnt peeling or anything else wrong. I hope you can help me with this as the restoration came out beautiful, but this chalking is terrible!!!
Posted @ Saturday, April 30, 2011 8:09 PM by danielle
having some leakage problems and want to say this website is a wonderful help-please keep it up!
Posted @ Thursday, May 05, 2011 8:17 AM by Anne Megenity
I just recently had a Leisure Riviera 34 installed and noticed that where the concrete was poured there appears to be streaks running down the sides into the water from the concrete. Will this go away or am I stuck with this? I have not called my pool installer yet but wanted advice before I talk to him in case he tells me something different. Thanks.
Posted @ Monday, May 30, 2011 2:50 PM by Alex McCaul
John Park of Fiberglasss Specialist.net is a crook / thief. 
 
Stay away from this guy. http://www.fairfieldcountyclerk.com/Search/report.asp?txtCaseNum=67917243
Posted @ Wednesday, June 01, 2011 7:02 PM by Joe
Just because he has a case pending against him doesn't mean he is guilty. I know many good companies have faced lawsuits before. That doesn't make them a crook/theif. Unless you can provide more details then your post is worthless.
Posted @ Friday, June 03, 2011 5:23 PM by Dan
Dan, John Park promised he could fix my parents pool. They gave him $12,000 to do it. He first try to lift it and undermine it by hand. He bit off more than he could chew. Instead of claiming defeat he convinced my parents he could level the fiberglass pool and build a wood deck around it. Well the season weather was changing and Mr Park left with out doing anything else to the pool . Well it is now floating in the excavation and it out of the ground about 5 ft . This happened about a year in a half ago and still no sign of John Park. He ignores my parents certified mail and phone calls.  
 
Other pool companies that came over to assess the damage basically said my parents were taken .This crook is still taking advantage of people . The case posted shows his track record. If you look at the case closely he ignores the certified mail for the summons. Truthful people that have nothing to fear would accept the summons. Crooks run. This crook uses a Louisana cell phone and a relatives mailing address . He lives on a nice lake front property southwest of Franklin. Here's the photo's of my parents pool ... This is what John Park can do for you . http://s241.photobucket.com/albums/ff42/Jogyver/Fiberglass%20Specialist%20screw%20up%20parents%20pool/ 
 
 
 
So if you want to use this guy .. go right ahead . I'm just trying to save others from this crook.
Posted @ Friday, June 03, 2011 6:20 PM by Joe
Only a couple of things to say about this post. First Mr. Park traveled several hundred miles to bring his crew to our home and fix a disaster of a pool mess that other companies said was a lost cause. It was a blessing to find him and his company. We spoke with five other pool owners in Ohio, Virginia, Mississippi, Indiana and New Jersey that have all had serious work done by Mr. Park and they all are very thankful for his services.  
 
So I recommend him and his skills with the highest endorsement. 
 
Secondly, just because a large insurance company is attempting to sue Mr. Park in Ohio and he is standing his ground and fighting back against claims that have no foundation with support from manufacturers and local dealers doesn't support your unproven claims he and his company are thieves. 
 
Finally, stating an opinion about the work someone does is fine and the River Pool guys do a great job getting information out that people need. But one should make sure that what they post when stating negative remarks is truthful and accurate in all the facts. If one doesn't it would be considered slanderous and as a wife of an attorney, I know that some of your remarks could be very costly.
Posted @ Tuesday, June 07, 2011 5:48 AM by dren
Our fiberglass pool is about 3 years old. It has a white surface. I have noticed that when the pool walls are brushed or rubbed that a white dust is rubbed off. Is this common for a fiberglass pool and can this be prevented? 
 
 
 
Thanks, Steve
Posted @ Tuesday, June 07, 2011 2:50 PM by Steve
Sounds like you have seen several repairs of Leisure pools Aquaguard Gelcoat.  
 
I had a pool put in earlier this year, but it was filled, found there was a large white spot in the shallow end. Was assured, we can get that out. Now that the pool is in, lets wait until we are sure the winter/spring rains are done and no ground water level issues and drain down to it have some expert from Leisure pools (or distributor of them) come out and fix it. Said ok, its just this week it was worked on, tech tried to remove it with different chemicals and rub and bushing it, but never was able to get it out entirely so ended up apply new gelcoat cover it. What has me shocked now is the color, its no where near the Australian Blue the rest of the pool is, its actually white. They said there was some "wax" that would take time to go away, is that what we are seeing now? How long does it take to "blend in"? Have you had experience with this? Its really hard not to get concerned when you look outside and see this. Granted the pool is Functional, but the other big point that is made all the time is the color and beauty, which is certainly not now. Its really hard to see past this at this time, looking for additional re-assurance that yes, this is normal, in X days/weeks/months/years you will not see the spot. But clearly now you do. It almost glows like color in a black light gallery.
Posted @ Saturday, June 11, 2011 5:00 PM by Kendall
I have had a Leisure Pool for 6 years now. The top edge of the pool that once was a beautiful royal blue is almost white and it is cracked completely around the pool. I would have never gone with a fiberglass in retrospect. It's now ugly and cloudy white, no sparkle anywhere!
Posted @ Tuesday, June 14, 2011 12:05 PM by Kim
I have a hatteras fiberglass pool that was installed May 2010. I began to notice black marks in the bottom of the pool. Pool company said it was the vacumn cleaner...so we changed it. Still having the same problem...black marks all over the botom of pool ...looks like someone has been playing tic-tac- toe in the bottom of pool!! Also, having a problem with walls staining!! All tests are good and no metals in my water! Could you please tell me what might be the problem? I am having trouble getting the pool company to send someone to check it out!! Thanks so much!
Posted @ Friday, June 17, 2011 12:38 PM by Shirlyn
We have a black fiberglass trilogy pool installed 2 years ago. The surface is not totally white chalky looking. We have determined it is not a stain, mfg. has come to test buff some surface areas this seemed to help some however it is not totally restored to original and the whole pool would now need to be drained and rebuffed, what has caused this and how can it be corrected? If the pool is rebuffed will this problem reoccur? I have pictures i can send. Thanks so much.
Posted @ Friday, June 17, 2011 5:44 PM by Jennifer
I have a fibreglass pool 18 months old and lately have a problem keeping the water clear. Flocullant will clear for a coulple of days and than it gradually gets misty again. I may now have found the problem. When rubbing the walls with the hand I see white dust coming off and my hans do pick up white particals. These are very fine and are probably not caught in the sandfilter. I can hardly imagine that the gel coat is actually disolving!!!!!! Anybody out there that can help/advice? 
 
 
 
Thank you 
 
Best regards 
 
Jacob van den Ouden 
 
Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Posted @ Wednesday, June 22, 2011 8:08 AM by Jacob van den Ouden
I purchased a fiberglass pool from waterworld about 5-6 years ago. The pool was installed poorly (not level) and they came out and jacked it up in certain areas. It is still not level but I have learned to live with it as I cannot afford to keep paying to refill it and possibly redo the concrete. 
 
Over the last several years I have had discoloration issues (patching) that seem to come and go. Waterworld came out once and resurfaced the bottom saying that they had had a bad Gelcoat batch. They refused to resurface the sides, saying that this gelcaot was fine.  
 
Well over the last 2 years the discoloration has gotten worse and now I have many areas with little brown spots and faded patches. Since this is a white pool everything stands out more and the discoloration makes the water look greenish. Do you think that this issue is definitely the gelcoat or could it be something else? What causes the gelcoat to do this? It is only 5-6 years old. I thought the gelcoat was supposed to last 15 years? What should I do? I don't trust them to fix it right.
Posted @ Thursday, June 23, 2011 11:08 AM by Blair Morgen
@Shirlyn. The black marks do sound like something that came from a cleaner or something else rubbing the finish of the pool. I've never heard of marks in the streaky fashion you're describing. Sorry I couldn't be more help Shirlyn....good luck! 
 
@Jennifer 
Buffing does seem like the best solution....I agree with Trilogy's assessment there. I would would move forward with that in your case Jennifer! 
 
@Jacob 
Sounds like your gel coat was either not properly catalyzed or not properly cured Jacob. Those two things cause it to fail prematurely. Unfortunately the problem is not going to go away. Resurfacing is the ultimate solution. Sorry to be the barer of bad news my friend. 
 
@Blair 
Sorry to hear of your bad experience Blair. It definitely seems like a gel coat issue and it seems to me that the spots are either contaminates bleeding through the gelcoat, known as cobalting, or the gel coat is simply too thin and you're seeing the laminate layers of fiberglass showing through. Either way, it sounds like re-gel coating the entire pool is a solution. Again, sorry you're having this problem and I wish you the best of luck.  
 
Posted @ Thursday, June 23, 2011 3:13 PM by Jason Hughes
Based on my earlier thread. How long bshould a gel coat last? Should I do it myself as some of the websites suggest or hire someone? Any suggestions on who to hire in the Philly area? I would like to get a colored blue granite look this time as I cannot stand seeing every speck of dirt with the white.
Posted @ Thursday, June 23, 2011 4:12 PM by blair morgen
I have been seriously considering a new fiberglass pool but after doing my homeworking and reading the comments on your very informative website, I'm really concerned about this "white, chalky dust" which seems to be a gelcoat problem. I'm starting to think maybe fiberglass is NOT the way to go until the manufacturers correct this problem. What do you think?
Posted @ Friday, June 24, 2011 8:57 PM by Beth
Beth,  
Couple things: 
First, 95% of fiberglass pools produced today do not have white gel coat, they have a colored finish....which has completely different properties. That surface does not erode away, chalk, or have any of the other problems associated with white gel coat.  
Second, the comment thread on this article has become the most popular forum in the world for folks having problems with their fiberglass pools. So naturally, all your going to read about here are the negative experiences folks are having. When you consider the hundreds of thousands of happy fiberglass pool customers that are out there without a single issue with their pool, it's obvious that the problems these folks are having only represent a fraction of a percent of fiberglass pool owners.  
So my advice to you Beth is to avoid white gel coat, find a reputable fiberglass pool manufacturer as well as a reputable contractor to install your pool. If you do those three things, you'll have a beautiful, low maintenance pool, that will last a long, long time.  
Good luck and let me know if there's anything else we can do to help.  
Jason
Posted @ Monday, June 27, 2011 8:44 AM by Jason
Hi, I live in New Jersey and have a fiberglass pool with lining. I just noticed my fiberglass steps are developing these dime shaped bulges. There are four of them on each step at or about the curve of the steps. I couldn't find anyone with the same issue and wondered if you knew what might be causing them. They don't feel soft to the touch.
Posted @ Tuesday, June 28, 2011 7:23 AM by Gina
I purchased a kidney shaped fiberglass pool 10 years ago from  
 
Waterworld and about 2 years ago I began to notice some bulging on one side of the pool where we had a plumbing issue and a crack on the wall just before the bottom surface by the drain. We were not loosing any water until this year when we uncovered the pool we noticed the water level about 6 in below the skimmer and 3 additional cracks in the sides of the pool and more bulging on the other side. As I have read in your website the bulging I am sure is from the sand backfill and the water that has filtered through the cracks in the cement. My husband has decided to patch the small cracks with white pool tile caulk and has drained out water underneath the pool from a hose that water world installed when they put the pool in. He drains it out with the filter pump., Is this a solution or do I have to drain the pool to repair the cracks? I was trying to salvage what I could of the season and not have to drain the pool. My concern is that when we drain the pool it will crack some of the cement deck and pop out of the ground... Please help........
Posted @ Friday, July 01, 2011 5:00 PM by Bina
it started last year. I have a white fiberglass pool. built in 1982. It has 
 
been a joy and never gave us a problem.All of a sudden we are getting little, about 1/8" round black spots. Can't rub them off. tried various cleaners & nothing so far works. Have you ever run across this? Need advice
Posted @ Saturday, July 02, 2011 9:56 AM by Joe Tansey
Hi, we are thinking of putting in a a fiberglass pool, my question is, we live in Missouri and during the winter it snows, how will the pool hold up? will it eventully crack from going from extrem hot to cold over time (yrs)?
Posted @ Tuesday, July 05, 2011 2:13 PM by Charity Balch
@Charity: The fastest growing pool in Canada is fiberglass, so no, weather is a none issue. What matters is that you have a great installer. Good luck! 
 
@Joe: Sounds like it could be cobalting, but not sure really, tough call. Essentially, cobalting is a gelcoat problem,and can't usually be fixed without a resurface. Sorry your having problems Joe. 
 
@Bina: Sorry you're having these problems. Ultimately, you will have to drain the pool to fix the cracks, but yes, it is important that there isn't water pressure pushing the pool up. The pressure would likely not cause the pool to move, but could further crack the floor. You might want to bring in a fiberglass repair specialist from Water World to help with this. Good luck to you. 
 
@Gina: I'm having a hard time understanding your dilemma. Could you email some photos maybe? Thanks so much and good luck.
Posted @ Tuesday, July 05, 2011 2:59 PM by Marcus Sheridan
Posted back in mid June 2011, about a white spot that was on the bottom of the pool, that showed up a day after the pool was first partial filled, while still installing it. 
 
Wanted to update. 
 
Well the spot has been removed!! 
 
But not exactly as was originally thought. Leisure Pools western region distributor sent rep to fix. He saw it the night before but pool was not drained enough. But said "...could have it done in a few mins if it was empty..." Next morning showed up at 0700, thought he would be done in short time. After several hours and lots of scrubbing and chemical, was not able to fully remove whatever it was that was there. It seems it was not exactly what they thought it was (something during construction and layers of fiberglass)  
So he ended up applying new Gelcoat in the field. Mixed up a batch and applied. Said need to wait at least 24 hours to dry before fill. Would be able to be touched couple hours after done. He left. 
Next morning looking at what was applied it was VERY bumpy and heck even had spots that were sharp enough to almost cut my hand. Called asked about this, said could sand down a bit.  
Filled it when could. Couple days later the new gelcoat covering is VERY white colored. Ends up this is wax in the mix that was applied. Had to drain again, they send someone out yet again (From Phoenix AZ to Northern CA!) After several hours, lots of Acetone and elbow grease, white waxy was gone. Totally had to empty pool because of chemical slick in remaining water.  
 
Finally able to fill pool once again an it looks great.  
 
So that is my story. I have a video of pix's that were taken along the way. 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EmpaMjzawM
Posted @ Wednesday, July 06, 2011 7:39 AM by Kendall
Concrete pool from the late 70's has developed several hard bumps along the sides. Some have developed a black center. What are these and should I be concerned? What kind of repair does this require? Thank you for your help. 
-- Beth
Posted @ Wednesday, July 06, 2011 7:39 PM by Beth
THANK YOU FOR THIS INFORMATION! We had a fiberglass pool installed over the past several weeks and noticed some cracks in the shallow end.. of course, our hearts sank, assuming the worst. We feel so much better having read this article and now realize it's a gel coat, not structural, issue. I will rest easier tonight:)
Posted @ Thursday, July 21, 2011 7:48 PM by Mark
Am now in negotiations with San Juan dealer. Excited about building my first pool, hopefully with little to no problems. Could you give me the top 5-10 do's and dont's about my final decisions? Ex.#1 Must use a reputable builder with references. 
 
Posted @ Sunday, July 24, 2011 7:10 PM by Kimberly
We are considering a Viking or Leisure fiberglass pool. Is one brand known to be better than the other?
Posted @ Sunday, July 24, 2011 9:42 PM by Teresa
Teresa, 
 
Do not buy from Waterworld! I have had my pool approx 5-6 years and need a new gelcoat. I have been told that they use an inferior gelcoat. I was quoted $13,000 for a new gelcoat. Apparently, it is not as easy as repainting. They have to sand every layer off first and then redo it.
Posted @ Monday, July 25, 2011 9:35 AM by Blair
thanks nice sharing.
Posted @ Monday, August 01, 2011 3:35 AM by tiffany wholesale
We have been looking at fiberglass pools but can't seem to find how much a Leisure Pool actually costs! Also, when you get a bid from a pool company, is there any wiggle room? In other words, if they give us a bid of 31,000 and we offer 26,000 CASH, is this feasible?
Posted @ Friday, August 05, 2011 1:40 PM by SammyJo
I plan to install a new pool soon. Two questions: 
 
1. I see a lot of comments about chalking and spider cracks. When I take the water level down below the skimmer for the winter, would it be a good idea to apply a coat of good car wax or a special fiberglass (boat) wax? 
 
2. I am on a hill. Soil is sand, clay and small rocks. Rain water will likely be movingg underground after a good rain. Would an extra layer of coasre gravel under the whole pool help prevent hydrostatic bulging? Should I run drainlines down hill from this gravel layer? 
 
Thanks, 
 
Marty
Posted @ Saturday, August 06, 2011 8:43 AM by Marty
One more question. 
 
Of the 2 installers we are considering, one uses Aloha and the other uses Hatteras pools. Can you comment on the quality of these of these 2 manufacturers. 
 
Thanks, 
 
Marty
Posted @ Saturday, August 06, 2011 9:02 AM by
Hi. We live in Northern Virginia and are in the process of having a 30x14 Viking Rockport fiberglass pool installed. Everything was fine with the pool installation and company until they filled it with water. They apparently did not have enough gravel for backfill, so in several areas they backfilled with dirt, and in several areas it is hollow under the pool and along the sides. The pool is also not level, so they drained the pool and tried to jack it up with some sort of metal brace, however it is still not level. Our contract states specifically that the pool will be backfilled with gravel, no dirt or soil. We have told the pool company that they need to remove the soil and backfill with gravel as stated in the contract, but we have not heard back from them. My questions are: How could they possibly remove all the backfilled soil? Could they drain the pool, then dig the dirt out with shovels? Also, shouldn't they have leveled the pool before plumbing, filling it with water and backfilling it? Will it stress the pipes to be trying to level the pool? What should we do? We are afraid this will end up in a legal battle to get it properly fixed. HELP!!!
Posted @ Sunday, August 07, 2011 3:29 PM by Steve
When do you post repsonses to questions? We are at the final stage of deciding on either installing a vinyl verses a fiberglass pool? Please see above questions. Thank you in advance.
Posted @ Saturday, August 13, 2011 5:20 AM by Martin Guindon
Hi Marcus, You sent me the name of a fiberglass repairman who travels up and down the east coast. I have a friend who also purchased a fiberglass pool and her story is a nightmare. According to Ocean Reef before they closed their doors, there was a defect in the gel. She bought her pool two years before me. My problem is a crack with linear cracks developing along the curved edges of the pool, but it is not leaking, so I left it alone. Would you please send me the name and phone number of the gentleman you gave me a couple of years ago. I cannot find it anywhere. Thanks!
Posted @ Monday, September 26, 2011 3:20 PM by Sandi Day
Noticed question about yellow stains on fiberlass pool surface.I have the same problem-didn't see any cause or solutions posted.
Posted @ Thursday, September 29, 2011 3:15 PM by Frieda
Hi. Im looking at a bank owned home with a fiberglass pool. It hasn't been maintained and he most obvious problem I see is that the pool is buldging. can this be fixed and how much does it cost to repair an issue like this. I live in the Tampa Bay Area of Florida. 
Posted @ Saturday, October 01, 2011 8:36 PM by melissa
i have a dark mark on bottom of my white fiber tech finished pool. is there anything i could touch it up with under water? i would appreciate any help.
Posted @ Saturday, October 08, 2011 11:07 AM by william hayes
Good day do you know or have a name and number of the of a fiberglass repairman who travels up and down the east coast. I purchased a fiberglass pool from a good friend. He is no longer with us, I have no one to ask for help in this area,my pool have a crack on the side/bottom and have lots of ground water under so far i have not found a repair person that will came to Murfressboro NC. (northeast NC) 
 
Would you please if you have the name and phone number of the gentleman please send it 
 
many thanks 
 
Armando
Posted @ Monday, October 17, 2011 10:07 AM by Armando
We have had a 10.2 x 4.2m fiberglass pool installed. 3 weeks later we had some rain and the pool shell has dropped 14mm at the deep end. I has a 800mm concrete edge beam around the pool and was done when pool was installed. I have had the guys that installed it back and they tell me there is nothing that can be done and it normal for them to move abit. 25mm is the Australia standard. Is that ok? will it keep dropping? Im putting 100mm drop edge pavers around the pool to try hide the water line from being out but done want to do this until I know for sure its not going to drop anymore. Any help would be great. Thanks
Posted @ Monday, October 17, 2011 11:58 PM by Brad
What fiberglass manufacturer has the best quality product? Also, I am in Boca Raton Fl, so is getting a fiberglass pool a good idea in the heat & if so who do you recommend? Thanks for the advice
Posted @ Monday, October 31, 2011 1:13 PM by Amy
I have purchased a house with a large fibreglass pool. I have just had my first swim and noticed a bulge in the foor that extends 2/3 of the base of the pool. When you stand on the bulge it moves up and down as if there may be water under the pool. How do I progress to confirm what the issue may be.
Posted @ Friday, November 04, 2011 11:31 PM by Greg
Hi I am in Australia, we are wanting to buy a pool but after reading everything that can go wrong i am a little worried. We have had quotes from a few places. What do you think of leisure pools? They are more expensive but the sales rep said it was because their pools are better. I am also interested in Barrier reef pools, has any one bought a pool from either of these companies? Would love to hear your input. Thanks
Posted @ Wednesday, November 16, 2011 12:20 AM by roslyn
Hi I purchased a fiberglass pool from a company called San Juan pools in Sherman Tx in 1994 He skipped town before he finished. My problem is Our pool has a crack in it by the drain and I have had it repaired 3 times over the years at $1200 a pop The name of my pool is a Rio Grande the pamplet says its a Heritage pool from Houston but when I call the company the answer American pool and even though they have the same pool on there website the said they didnt manufacture my pool that the serial number I gave them which is HCE768 isnt one of there numbers. And that they crack was from poor installation. How can they tell that if they havent even looked at it.He also said that we needed to resurface the pool at $14,000 We called a repair guy that some one recommened at he gave us a price of $6,000. How do I find out who made my pool and if resurfacing is needed? It does have blisters on it and it is faded but that doesnt bother my like the cracks. Thanks for you help.
Posted @ Wednesday, November 16, 2011 10:31 PM by Cathy
Can a 3 to 4 feet crack on fiberglass pool be fix succesfully? Pool is 20 years old, just bought this house, that had been empty for a year. Pool had little water but about 4 inches of dirt, debries from the trees, etc. While removing debry ,I heard a crack and pool cracked a straight line from deep end to where the shallow part of pool began. Can it be a succesfull repair job. We live in south central. Thank you.
Posted @ Thursday, December 01, 2011 7:01 AM by Madeline
We purchased a home in south florida that has an inground fiberglass pool that is appx 20-30 years old. There was exposed fiberglass due to neglect from the previous owners. There are not many places that do fiberglass pool service here. I had our pool company paint the pool, but ever since it was done, there is a chalky substance that gets everywhere when you touch it. The pool looked fine for about 2 years and now the fiberglass is begining to show through again. We were told we can diamond brite the pool instead of putting the gel coat on again. Is this an option? I'd appreciate any suggestions. 
 
 
 
Thanks, 
 
Brandy
Posted @ Saturday, December 03, 2011 9:03 PM by Brandy
Hi I live in Australia and purchased a spa 18 months ago. It is or was a very dark blue colour then. Now for some reason it is turning a greenish colour in the bottom. What could have caused this? It is always covered and has had a roof over it for the last 6 months. What can be done to fix it? Regards Simone.
Posted @ Thursday, January 05, 2012 12:15 AM by Simone
We are thinking about installing a fiberglass pool. We have a septic tank which is at the end of its life and the drain field is very saturated. There's a sewer that we are not allowed to connect to because there's not enough capacity in the water plant, but if we have a problem if the septic we might get permission to connect to (so far we pump twice every year to avoid problems). Should we have any concerns installing the pool? How far from the septic tank/drain field should we put the pool?
Posted @ Monday, January 09, 2012 12:59 PM by Laura
Hi. We are considering a fiberglass pool from Sun Pools located in Kentucky... anyone have any dealing with them and their products? What are some things we need to ask or have put in writing prior to? They say they have the thickest shell of any manufacturer... 
 
 
 
Tks
Posted @ Tuesday, January 31, 2012 7:19 PM by Matt
Do you have any experience with Lonestar Fiberglass pools? We are debating between them and Leisure Pools. Cost is the main factor as long as both are comparable in durability.
Posted @ Friday, February 03, 2012 11:03 AM by Tracy
@Cathy 
If the gel cote is worn off of the shell and there is fiberglass exposed from the inside you will need to resurface the pool. Blisters alone should not require resurfacing. Good luck! 
 
@Madeline 
Yes, the pool can be repaired. Google fiberglass repair companies in your area and you should be able to find someone to take care of that for you.  
 
@Brandy 
I'm not familiar with Diamond Brite Brandy...sorry I can't be more help there! Unfortunately the older white gel cotes did erode away in that fashion. Good luck! 
 
@Simone 
Green, especially indoors, is probably from Copper in the water. Have it tested and remove it if needed and it should clear up. Local pool store should have everything you need.  
 
@Laura 
Most areas require the water's edge of the pool to be 20' from a drain field. If you follow that requirement you should be fine. Because of the saturated soil condition I would definitely use gravel backfill as opposed to sand. Best of Luck! 
 
@Matt 
Not familiar with Sun Pools of KY. Personally, I would ask for a list of all of their customers over the past year, plus a hand full from 5-10 years ago and call a bunch of folks to see how the pool's holding up. Read our latest blog post to learn how to ask for references.  
 
@Tracy 
No, not familiar with Lonestar Tracy...sorry couldn't be more help.
Posted @ Friday, February 03, 2012 11:25 AM by Jason Hughes
I've got a Viking free form pool that was installed in 2005. At the time of installation the contractor discovered during excavation that they had hit solid rock,which was subsequently removed. They did, however, excavate a rectangular shaped hole for a free form shaped pool. I required the contractor to place sonatubes to better support the pool deck which would later be poured cantilevered around the pool, which was installed in a sand base. After a year or so I noticed that the bottom of the pool began to bulge and a ridge formed. I attributed this to the fact that the pool was installed in what was, essentially, a bowl cut out of the rock, and water must accumulate under the pool every time we have a decent rain. The ridge tends to rise and fall with, what I suppose is the level of water that accumulates under the pool. Fortunately, the contractor had originally installed a stand pipe. I insert a garden hose into this tube and pump water out from under the pool when I feel the ridge rise and become more flexible (waterbed feel). I must do this at least 10 times each summer to keep this problem in check. Is there a permanent remedy to this time consuming problem - perhaps some kind of automatic pump that would drain much like a sump pump in one's basement? If so, could the ridge be permanenetly removed? Even after I pump down the water through the standpipe, the ridge still remains (perhaps 4 inchees tall - no cracks or leaks so far). I'd appreciate your thoughts on this problem. Thanks.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 21, 2012 2:44 PM by Dennis
Hi, 
 
 
 
My pool is also having the white chalking issue. I just had it resurfaced about 2 months ago and the problem is back. I'm seriously thinking about having the pool pulled out of the ground. I don't want to keep pouring money into a defective pool. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 21, 2012 4:32 PM by Robert
THANK YOU FOR THIS WONDERFUL INFORMATIVE BLOG!!! Question? Should we drain the pool to fix a crack that is apparently leaking? We were always told NEVER NEVER drain a fiberglass pool so when a repair company told me they needed to drain the pool I was and still am skeptical. They said they will use support beams etc but still...- Back ground info, and details - I live in Morgan Hill, CA and we have a crack in the deep end of our 10-15 year old fiberglass pool near the left corner. We are third owner of this house so I do not know much about this pool. This is an old issue. We had the same crack fixed by a company who used scuba equipment to dive down and patch it up. 3-4 years later it is back so obviously not a long term fix. Some times we loose a lot of water, like right now, 3-4 inches every three to four days, or some times it seems we do not lose a lot (filling it 2-3 inches a week). Our pool cleaner thinks the leak is around the skimmer. So we paid $300 to No Problem Pools to do a leak detection. A & B Pools (must be a third party contractor)came out and they determined it is actually the crack at the bottom of the pool.No Problem Pools said they can fix it in two days and will charge me $900. My fear is they will further damage the pool and I fear the issues I hear from others on this blog when they drained their pool i.e bulging, more cracks like spider cracks etc. What should we do? Contact Better Business Bureau and see if this company is qualified and has no bad history? Or is there another option to fixing it? Please help!
Posted @ Monday, March 05, 2012 6:06 PM by Catherine
I manage the Chemistry at an indoor commercial pool in northern California that has an interesting discoloration issue. The 22 year old surface is perfectly smooth, not dusting off, but has a uniform discoloration everywhere EXCEPT for various shoeprints, handprints, and lines along the slope between the floor and the walls. When you rub the surface where there is doscoloration next to some of these "clean" spots, it feels perfectly smooth, nothing comes off, and it almost seems as if the discoloration is underneath the surface. I'm pretty sure it can't be, as this effect has become more and more apparent over the years. It's salt with a heater and some old runs of copper return lines, so I assume i'm looking at copper discoloration. My question is, why isn't this discoloration uniform, and what about the surface is different in the shoeprints that look nice and clean? Nobody involved has any ideas what this is, but perhaps you folks might have some insight. I appreciate your time. Joe
Posted @ Friday, March 09, 2012 5:32 PM by Joe
Hi, we are doing some work in and around our pool.. New coping, concrete and tile work. It's a fiberglass pool probably 30-40 yrs. old. What are the chances that it could float/bulge/crack or any of the other issues I have read only happening to my pool? It's a kidney shaped pool. We are about half way drained of water but we stopped because of the stuff I have read only. Another reason for draining it was to get it cleaned as there stains that we want to get out, do you recommend acid washing it? Thanks in advance for your responses.
Posted @ Thursday, March 22, 2012 10:48 PM by Miguel Escobar
I had a San Juan Pool installed just over a year ago. It has a colored finish, which looks very nice. It immediately had surface cracks at the base of the steps on each end - probably due to stress during transport, installation, etc.... My belief is that these cracks were probably present before the pool even went into the ground. The cracks are now over 2 feet long at each end, and fill with dirt so they are very visible. Guests have asked me " what are those lines ?". San Juan would not investigate, look into, or anything. The only response I got was " we do not warranty the gel coat". How is that for spending over 100k on a pool project ?   
A new pool buyer doesn't understand what gel coat is, the risk of cracks, or whether this is common or uncommon. 
 
I wish I wouldn't have bought this pool, as it gives me alarm of things to come and the lack of ownership of a companies product.
Posted @ Saturday, March 24, 2012 10:13 AM by TAmin
I have a fiberglass pool and the gel coat has come off in spots. The gel coat is a white finish but the pool underneath is black and it looks like there is something on the bottom. I have about 6 or 7 spots. Is there anything I can do to fix these spots short of draining the water and applying spot patches of gel coat. Any suggestions?
Posted @ Wednesday, March 28, 2012 4:50 PM by Jay
I have a 3 year old fiberglass pool with small spa. The spa part of it is really rough feeling, like sand. I have brushed it, vaccumed it, used the chemicals the pool place told me about. Nothing is working. It looks as though there is dirt, but if you touch it, it doesn't move like dirt will. Why does it feel so rough? The pool part does not feel the same way. It is still smooth. 
 
 
 
Diane
Posted @ Monday, April 02, 2012 10:50 PM by Diane Pennington
We had a San Juan pool, 19x40 8.5' deep installed in 8/2009. In early March of this year our contractor drained our pool approximately 12-18" below where it normally should be to repair a gel coat issue on the seat in the shallow end. After they finished they covered the pool. The next day I started filling it back up and before it could finish we had a storm system come through dumping 4"-7" of rain in a 2 day period which almost finished filling up the pool. 4 weeks later we went to uncover our pool and found on one side of the pool the pool had pulled away from the concrete. There is no visible bulging on the side below the water level. The top of the pool has pulled away 2"-3" from the concrete decking. If we were to drill holes in the decking next to where it is pulling away and litteraly liposuctioned the sand that apparently had settled while the water level was low, would that in turn allow the side of the pool to return to its normal location? I work with engineers and one suggested taking a long piece 1/4"-1/2" copper tubing and attaching it to a shopvac with an adapter and sticking it in the sand to extract some of the deep sand in hopes it would relieve enough of the pressure allowing the pool edge to return back to the concrete edge. This would be much easier than tearing up the entire pool deck to fix the problem. You can still see sand approximately 4" below the separation area. The area of separation is approximately 12'-14' long. He even suggested afterwards filling the holes with deck LED lights and run conduit under the deck to a nearby low voltage source to hook them up which would be very easy to do. Before we move forward with this potential fix to our problem, do you as a professional think this would work?
Posted @ Friday, April 20, 2012 10:50 AM by Barbara
Barbara, 
Yes I do think that would work as long as you: 
1. Fill the pool to the very top with water to maximize the pressure on the pool wall  
2. Saturate the sand in the bulged area with water so that when sand is removed the remaining sand will liquify and allow the pool wall to push out.  
 
Sounds like a great idea...certainly worth a try. If that doesn't work and you're feeling adventurous, assuming you don't have too much patio on that side, you could also tunnel under the patio and remove sand that way. Good luck!
Posted @ Saturday, April 21, 2012 11:23 PM by Jason
Just purchased a home and it has an inground pool. From what we know the pool appears to have been from the 80s and is fiberglass. We can see where the pool had a vinyl liner put on and there are tracks for it. The bottom of the pool is concrete. The fiberglass panels are buldging about 8 inches atleast. Is it possible to remove the fiberglass panels and buy new ones from lowes and replace them? Or does it sound like the pool is shot? Your input would be appreciated.
Posted @ Wednesday, April 25, 2012 8:40 PM by zach
We are looking at having a fiberglass pool installed in East Texas. Do you have anyone you recommend in this area? Longview, TX to be specific. Thanks.
Posted @ Monday, April 30, 2012 2:35 PM by Jennifer
We are looking at having a fiberglass pool installed in East Texas. Do you have anyone you recommend in this area? Longview, TX to be specific. Thanks.
Posted @ Monday, April 30, 2012 2:36 PM by Jennifer
I have a Dolphin Fiberglass pool, all around is 4 1/2 feet deep. I had some discoloring like yellow showing is lite blue, ten years old. I had a contractor paint it with Suncoast 2part epoxy blue paint for approximately one year it was great, now it is all chaulky on the topside and underneath the water the paint is coming off in the water on us and going through the filter. I've recently been diagnosed with renal insufficiency and wonder what to do to clean this mess up! Please Help!
Posted @ Tuesday, May 01, 2012 10:03 AM by Sue Harris
We are looking to purchase a fiberglass pool in the New York City area,any recommendations? We like the Malibu by Ladybug Pools.
Posted @ Wednesday, May 02, 2012 7:59 AM by Theresa
question here. I have a fiberglass pool I noticed when I got in the other day it seemed like there was a cloud of white when I leaned against the wall of the pool,I then inspected it closer rubbed my hand on the wall which caused a cloud and left white on my hand like it was melting off??? I felt around the whole pool and wherever the water is the entire pool is doing this on the seats, and sides not on the bottom or where there is not water... what is going on??? please help me figure this one out thanks
Posted @ Friday, May 04, 2012 6:11 PM by heather
We had a Leisure pool installed in October and just recently began using it. There are some places on the sides where the mortar from the rock decking dripped down. How can we clean this without scratching the fiberglass?
Posted @ Saturday, May 05, 2012 9:27 PM by Claudia
I'm about to purchase a home with a kidney fiberglass shaped pool which is about 20 years old. It is currently being serviced by a pool service company. They said the water gets cloudy at times because of the fiberglass/coating breaking down and deteriorating. Are there any tests that I can do to discern if it's a chemical problem or a surfacing problem? Are there tests to check if the water is hazardous with fiberglass particles? Are there any hazards to this, especially kids since they usually swallow some water?
Posted @ Tuesday, May 08, 2012 12:35 PM by Nick
We recently moved into a rental with a fiberglass pool that is probably 30+ years old. Everytime my kids swim, they complain of severe itch even after a bath. The chemicals are fine. Is it possible the fiberglass is in the water and causing this itch? They are fine in other pools. How do we remedy this situation?
Posted @ Sunday, May 13, 2012 5:51 PM by JK
Hey there,  
Would love to hear some thoughts on a Tallman pools seems like every time I see it in the comments no one replies. I just can't find a lot of info pros or cons on them any info from anyone would really help  
Thanks  
Justin
Posted @ Sunday, May 13, 2012 8:12 PM by Justin
hi jason i have a leak in my fiber glass pool i hope you can help me
Posted @ Tuesday, May 15, 2012 10:42 PM by carlos
Hello Jason,  
We are in the middle of having a Composite Pool installed and noticed cracks in the copings top edge after the installer levelled it, using wood to pry up outer edge. (using my 10' by 1' cedar beam :$) Some cracks extend inside the pool, the longest reach being 1-2" roughly but spanning the width of the coping top edge. Should we have any concern over damage at this point or is it common to see this happen? Most of the cracks seem to be in the gel coat but there is one at the stairs that is raised slightly to the touch. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you. I plan on contacting the installer today.
Posted @ Thursday, May 17, 2012 6:00 AM by Corinne
I have a 20+ year old San Juan, light blue in color. As can be expected it has some fading issues and slight cracking on the top of the lip. What are my solutions to the fading issue, I understand a resurfacing is around $10k. Can I put tile from the top to below the waterline to cover up the most noticeable areas? 
 
Thanks, great blog.
Posted @ Thursday, May 24, 2012 9:42 AM by Whit
More bad news about JOHN PARK....First I need to say I am not the same Dan you posted earlier in this blog defending John Park. Yes ...I would agree he is a crook and cannot be trusted. My story...I have a concrete pool with fiberglass walls. I spoke to a guy who referred me to John Park for repairing the fiberglass walls. I contacted John and entered a contract with him. He required I send him $1500.00 initially for contact committment, material and transportation costs. We sedt a date for the repair told John which was postponed due to Johns axle braking on truck. We setup another date and it was postponed due to him stating someone was injured on a previous job. I told John I wanted him to send the 1500.00 back to me and I wanted to cancel the repair. John said he would initially. He then had many excuses why he hasn't when he said he would. Now, a amonth later John will not anser my calls or reply to my emails. I tried to give him the chance to resolve issue but as it appears he thinks he can keep the money that was trusted to him for a repair. Sorry John you are a crook or are at least acting like one. If you ever get around to wanting to be an honest man you know my number.
Posted @ Sunday, June 24, 2012 6:11 PM by Dan
We just purchased a San Juan white pool. Now I am concerned about the white chaulking that keeps being mentioned here. Is there anything I can do to prepare the pool, such as waxing or anything to prevent this from happening?
Posted @ Wednesday, June 27, 2012 10:58 AM by Tina
I have a 16x38 fiberglass pool that developed a bulge on one side pool was covered for the winter we noticed the water level dropped down to the top of the bottom step, added water back, level dropped again. When uncovered pool found that hit was pulling away from the concrete deck, it developed a crack, can this be fixed we really like the pool it is 19 yrs old built by Hilda's pools
Posted @ Thursday, July 05, 2012 7:29 PM by Mary Ann
How about black color in Fiberglass pool? Started 14-15 years after the pool installed. Thanks. Li
Posted @ Sunday, July 08, 2012 1:20 PM by li
I have a Fiberglass 13 x 29 pool manufactured and installed by Waterworld in NJ Al Tallman Family in 1999 (13 years ago). Without Al Tallman Sr. Persistent in getting me my pool I would not have a pool. I am very gratiful for Al. In the past they have worked really well with me.  
 
 
 
Also, you can repair a Fiberglass Swimming pool with water in it. Waterworld has fixed my crack underwater. It is amazing. I have another large crack as we speak so I am not going to post anything negative at the moment.  
 
 
 
As a note it seems that all Fiberglass Pools are having issues of some kind. So go with the company who stands by there product and will fix them. 
 
 
 
One Question, is there a temporary fix to slow down a leak in a crack while keeping the hose in the pool until the professional can come out to fix it permanently? 
 
 
 
Thank you, 
 
Debbie  
 
Posted @ Friday, July 13, 2012 10:10 AM by Debbie
OK Im freakin panicing. 
Spent 30k on a new pool and deck about 3 weeks ago... I love the pool... and other than small, typical contractor isses, im cool with the pool installer... heres the thing...I just noticed that one of the benches (corners of the deep end) theres this little ridge that goes around the top of the bench for butt grip i guess... anyway... i can push it in with my fingertips and literally see surface of the fiber glass push in and reveal the dark grey surface below it. If feels like this whole section is like rotted wood... its literally 3 weeks old. 
 
What the hell do i do?... ive got a call in to the installer... but the pool is in ground and surrounded by 5 feet of concrete with the concrete overlapping the pool edge. 
 
is it fixable?.. what if its not... 
 
oh man... sorry for the rambling, i just found this and im sick to my stomach. 
 
Note, near as i can tell... its not leaking... BUT... am i correct in assuming that letting it sit there under water 24/7, that its going to get worse and cause further damage elsewhere?... 
 
I mean.. water inside the fiberglass cant be good right? 
 
thanks in advance if you have any info.. this blog is pretty damn informative.
Posted @ Tuesday, July 24, 2012 11:01 PM by Brian
@Debbie, 
Underwater repair...that I'm not sure of. 
Temporary fix....yes, there is a product called pool putty that is a two part epoxy that you can apply underwater and it will seal the crack temporarily. 
 
Regarding problems with fiberglass pools....sure there isn't a manufacturing company in the world that never has problems, but you're absolutely right about choosing the one that will best stand behind their product. There are major differences.  
 
@Brain,  
Email me pics of the problem and I'll have a look. 
Posted @ Wednesday, July 25, 2012 12:55 PM by Jason
Have you ever heard of a solid beam poured around a Viking fiberglass Spa that the concrete is poured around the spa piping and fittings after the pressure test passes inspection
Posted @ Saturday, August 18, 2012 9:25 AM by John Mac
our fiberglass steps cracked and leaked a lot of water. the dirt under to steps got washed away. we want to pour back concrete. will the concrete react to the fiberglas steps?
Posted @ Friday, August 24, 2012 3:32 PM by william
Our fiberglass pool, 5 yrs. old,has turned green . The water is clear took sample to be tested, he said the chorine we were using has a lot of fillers in it and lgue and that has broken down and caused the pool to turn green. Empty half of it & replace water should help, hasn't, now there is settlement in the pool, bottom & sides, right now have vacuum on it to see what that does. What do you think is the cause. Thank you
Posted @ Saturday, September 01, 2012 6:22 PM by Carl
Hi, I am looking into a concrete or possibly fiberglass pool. Do recommend anyone in the Louisville, KY area. your time is appreciated. 
Thanks
Posted @ Sunday, September 23, 2012 4:07 PM by NATHAN
I live in Yuma Az. and have a 12' by 27' San Juan pool that was installed in 2004. There are light brownish color stains in the bottom rounded corners of the pool. The wind blows a lot here and it's quite dusty and I'm thinking maybe from dust collecting over the years that is possibly staining. I try keeping it vacuumed but always dust a build up. Do you think this might be the problem and if so can you recommend a product that will remove the stains. There is quite a few tiny black dots on the bottom that won't brush out. Any info you might offer would be appreciated. Thanks.
Posted @ Monday, September 24, 2012 1:28 PM by James Bogart
1970 pool.concrete with fibreglass finish.need to paint. What paint to use now?originally polyethelene Sico Ocean.Pool 16 by38 9ft deep.tips please
Posted @ Tuesday, September 25, 2012 6:45 PM by Patricia
Fiberglass pool is pulling away from concrete, have crazy estimates of up to 22,000. Do you think these are out of whack. They would remove 5ft of concrete around the sides. Push pool back somehow. Then replace concrete and raise automatic cover higher out of the ground.
Posted @ Wednesday, October 03, 2012 6:11 PM by Joseph Butkus
We moved into our home 3 years ago and it already had a fiberglass pool in the backyard. We live in Florida by the beach so obviously there is a high water table. After 2 years we were starting to have issues with the pool and spoke with neighbors who stated every owner of this home has had issues with it. It had cracks, cobalt stains, leaks, and a huge bulge. We called numerous pool companies and no one would deal with fiberglass pools anymore. We were going to have it resurfaced and the leaks fixed and found a guy who would do it but he doesn't work for a pool company anymore so there's no insurance if something went wrong. Out of options we decided to go for it and that's when bad went to horrendously worse. He had fixed the leak and started painting with a gel coat and during the drying period the wall that already had the bulge got worse and another wall developed it as well. We started filling the pool up with water ASAP and crack!!! A huge crack developed under the pool light and skimmer that was so large that water and mud started shooting out like a fountain. It happened overnight so we didn't know until the AM. Now we are in big trouble bc the foundation around the pool is nonexistent and we have 3-4 feet of mud in the deep end. No joke. Even our yard outside of the screen enclosure is sunken down and we don't let anyone walk over there. Now we have no choice but to just fill it in. We have a guy, with insurance, who will do it but he wants to collapse the walls in and just will it all in with gravel, sand, and dirt. My question is, do we have to remove all of the plumbing and every bit of fiberglass? Or can we leave the plumbing there and just fill it in overtop?? Please help!
Posted @ Saturday, October 27, 2012 2:11 PM by Steph S
BEWARE of John Park scammer! RUN don't walk away! We were also referred to John by afriend he had done work for. We have contract for a fiberglass pool with salt generator, automatic cover and vaccum. We are 11 months out from installation of the pool and still do not have anything other than the pool and pump. We are out 7K, with promises of returning since February. He has many excuses in his book, the lastest being he was jailed for 30 days because he violated a restraining order against his ex wifes girlfriend. He appeared for 1 hour, 1 month ago stating he would be back in a few hours. Needless to say we have never seen him again. We have tried repeatedly to text and call him and have yet to get a response.
Posted @ Monday, October 29, 2012 7:50 PM by Jerry
We have an inground pool that was fiberglass coated by previous owner. However, it buckled and he removed the coating. What is left is 'patches' of fiber glass in areas of the pool. Is there a way to get it off, so that we can use the pool as is, until we can afford to replaster the pool? Pressure washing? What type of chemical? We have been told if we swim with the fiberglass residue, that we might get itchy. Please advise. We live in Phoenix. Thank you
Posted @ Saturday, January 26, 2013 4:39 PM by Ruthanne Hopkins
looking for a installer and supplier for fiberglass pool in winnipeg manitoba canada.. any referals would be great.
Posted @ Wednesday, January 30, 2013 12:38 AM by mike
Seems like basic stuff...Sand vs Gravel...Flex vs Ridged. Thanks for fighting the good fight. I did a DETAILED video and explanation on plumbing as well at: <a>http://www.leisurepoolscolumbus.com/Pool_Styles/BAD_POOLS.html  
Thanks JASON!
Posted @ Friday, February 08, 2013 2:09 PM by Matthew
This is Jim Spies. I just wanted to tell all or our loyal customers that I am a crook and a liar! I am a covicted felon for almost killing my ex-wife. I set fire to her belongings...I brandished a firearm to her or her father, can' 
t remember.AND I am a die hard MORMON.....I really belive that an alien landed on Earth and started it all!!!
Posted @ Tuesday, February 19, 2013 2:05 AM by Jim Spies
my advice to anyone looking for a good pool contractor,is to call your local water haulers for there top 10 list.they witness every pool contractors work.
Posted @ Sunday, March 03, 2013 10:38 PM by gene
I've been looking for goodAustin pool repair after my in-ground starting having some of the problems listen here. Thanks for the tips! 
Posted @ Friday, March 08, 2013 10:55 AM by Jess Holmes
I have a fiberglass pool that leaks. any suggestions?
Posted @ Tuesday, March 12, 2013 5:31 PM by bob brown
I have a 7 year old White fibrglass pool purchase from a company named Waterworld. For the past 3 years, I have noticed discoloration (surface- not water) that is more visible in low light. Because the pool is now more off-white it looks sort of greenish. Also-Last year I started noticing little hard bubbles on the sides (some of which are starting to burst like a pimple.  
I'm thinking it needs to be resurfced, but am not sure who does this and how much I should expect to pay. 
 
Can you help?
Posted @ Friday, March 15, 2013 10:10 AM by Blair Morgen
I am in Southern NJ, near Philadelphia.
Posted @ Friday, March 15, 2013 10:12 AM by Blair Morgen
NJ... I was born there. When I got older I move to Boston and never move back to NJ. Southern part not bad but the NJ-City dirty place.
Posted @ Thursday, March 28, 2013 12:17 PM by Boston Plumbing
Thinking of doing a fiberglass pool, came across this website in researching, I think this is an Awesome site with great info... In Tuscaloosa, Alabama the local pool companies seem to go with Vviking or Blue Hawailan pools, what is the best made fiberglass pool? I would like to be able to get one deep enough for the slide since our first grandchild is getting close to walking. Hoping to keep the grandchild coming, safe, happy and blessed, as God has blessed us! Thanks for reply in advance!,,,
Posted @ Thursday, March 28, 2013 7:21 PM by Terri
Hi Terri, and thanks for the note. Have you contacted Earl's Pools yet? I think they're the best fiberglass pool builder in the state, and know they could help you tremendously. 
 
<a>http://www.earlspools.com/
Posted @ Friday, March 29, 2013 12:30 PM by Marcus Sheridan
Hi, I have an older fiberglass pool. The pool was built in the the sixties or seventies, but im not sure if Its been resurfaced. I've been in the house for 10 years. It has the old style coping. It's got a bulge on one side towards the bottom, and some cracks in variuos areas and it is pulling away fron the coping on several areas by the fiberglass tiles. It is also pulling away from the big drain at the bottom. 
Is this repairable? Im in the San Diego area. Do you know a reputable fiberglass pool company around here?  
 
Thanks.
Posted @ Saturday, March 30, 2013 9:39 PM by Andy
I have a 7 year old San Juan Fiberglass Pool. The pool has a 12" crack that has developed along the floor that has transitioned to the wall. I am looking for a reliable fiberglass repair person/firm in the Maryland Area but can't seem to find one. Anybody have any recommendations? Thank you in advance.
Posted @ Sunday, March 31, 2013 4:11 PM by mike
Marcus, what a fantastic blog you have going here. 
I have an older fiberglass pool in Los Angeles, CA and I am looking for a reputable contractor to refinish the pool and perhaps add a skimmer and light. Any suggestions? 
Thanks in advance. 
 
Vidal C
Posted @ Wednesday, April 10, 2013 3:06 PM by Vidal Cohen
Hello, 
 
Thank you very much for your informative blog! 
 
We're considering to install fiberglass pool on our lake-front property in Sutton, Ontario. What we should watch for during installation especially because of water proximity and cold climate? What equipment we should install?  
 
I'll also appreciate any recommendation to reputable and experience installers, as well as manufacturers. We're considering to purchase Viking pool. 
 
Thanks, 
Rimma
Posted @ Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:26 AM by Rimma
I have a Leisure Pools Riviera and have noticed that the steps and ledge turn white when there is no water on them. You can see a slight white color on them when water is over the steps. Is this a lime buildup that occurs under the water? If so how should I get it off the steps and ledge without draining pool?
Posted @ Tuesday, April 16, 2013 12:36 PM by Alex
Hi, I am in Northern Virginia (Manassas/Gainesville area) and discovered that my fiberglass pool has popped or heaved out of place. I would really appreciate some advice or estimates on repair vs replacement. I have read many of your blog posts and appreciate the advice you share.  
 
V/r 
 
~Doug
Posted @ Thursday, April 18, 2013 8:05 AM by Doug Caldwell
This is a great blog. I have decided on a Leisure Pool but finding the best contractor is where I get worried. Houston, Tx.
Posted @ Saturday, April 20, 2013 2:26 PM by Dana
Hey my friends I tell you something can you give me answer please When hiring a pool builder, make sure to ask for references. If your contractor is hesitant about providing you with one, then that is definitely a red flag. In this case, you better take your business elsewhere. There are many other pool builders in the Chicago area. 
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Posted @ Monday, April 22, 2013 1:38 AM by Emma Sorenson
@Rimma, regarding the cold climate and wet conditions in your area I would suggest that the installers use gravel backfill instead of sand. Regarding equipment, we use Jandy, but if you go with any of the "big 3" (Jandy, Pentair, or Hayward) you'll be fine.  
 
Alex, regarding the whiteness on the steps and seats, the first thing you should do is contact the dealer who installed the pool or the factory directly to ask their advise. In the past, we've used a power washer on the surface of the pool with the pool full of water...yeah, actually get in the pool to do this. But again, do not do this without authorization from the manufacturer or you'll be at risk of voiding your warranty.  
 
@Doug, thank goodness Doug we found upon inspection of your pool that it did not actually float but rather the side of the pool bulged in as a result of sand backfill. Hope to get you straight soon! 
Posted @ Friday, April 26, 2013 10:57 AM by Jason
We need to find someone to finish the work started on a fiberglass pool located outside of Richmond, VA. My daughter bought a home with a fiberglass pool that was a foreclosure home. The pool had cracks and very little water in it. We hired a company that was recommended (Fiberglass Specialists - John Parks)and paid him $18,000 to dig out around the pool and gravel etc., to repair the cracks, install a new pump, to gel coat the pool, install a cover, and then to put concrete around the pool. It took almost one year to get him to finish the regravel, patching the crack repairs, installing the new pump, and to add the concrete. Over 2 years later he has never finished the work. There are a couple of new cracks, it has no coating on the orignial cracks after they were repaired, and he has never installed the cover. We have given up on him finishing it or getting our money back. We are having a very difficult time finding anyone that does the crack repairs and gel coating. Can you recommend someone please?
Posted @ Monday, April 29, 2013 6:51 AM by May
I need to resurface my 25 year old fiberglass in-ground pool made by Starburst pools (out of business). 
Would you guys know if vinyl ester resin covered with vinyl ester gel coat is the way to go? Thanks for your help and this site!!
Posted @ Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:28 AM by Ron Vincent Cerbone
purchased our home last year it was a repo and has a fiberglass pool. Pipe busted leading to one of the jets and we did fix it. Within a week afer we fixed the broken pipe we noticed a 3 foot long crack and the wall has begun to buckle. However it is not leaking. Also several tiles from the design in bottom have come loose. Had a pool man come and he recommends replacing the pool. Could you please tell me if this pool is a lost cause.
Posted @ Wednesday, May 15, 2013 11:16 PM by Linda Truluck
@Ron 
Honestly Ron, that sounds like the way to go because that's the way pools today are manufactured, but I'm so unfamiliar with re-surfacing that I'm not 100% sure. Luckily, pools built with today's technology should last a minimum of 30 to 40 years so hopefully it's something I'll never have to become too familiar with. I would suggest contacting someone in the marine industry who has extensive knowledge of field fiberglass work.  
 
@Linda 
Why don't you email me some pictures and we'll take it from there. riverpoolsjason@gmail.com. Sounds like the pool was installed with sand instead of gravel. At the very least the deck will need to be removed, sand removed, pool repaired, and new gravel brought in...that's probably going to be the way to go. This is exactly why we stress the importance of gravel backfill because it helps prevent pressure on the plumbing thus reducing the chance of leaks, and if leaks do occur the gravel doesn't liquify and cause issues around the pool. Sorry you're having these issues and we'll do what we can to help.
Posted @ Thursday, May 16, 2013 7:39 AM by Jason
I am needing a referral for the Houston Texas area. We bought a house that has a 35"X17" fiberglass pool installed. The house sat vacant for almost 2 years and no one keep water in the pool. Instead they covered it with heavy lumber decking material. I have had 3 separate contractors look at it. No one here wants to touch it and those that do only will sell me a new pool. I really need this one repair because I don't have 40 grand in the budget to replace it. From what I can gather is some of the decking around the sides of the pool needs to be repaired, the pool needs new plumbing, and the inside needs new coating and a crack on the steps needs to be sealed. I need some honest help.
Posted @ Saturday, May 18, 2013 5:57 PM by Kellie
I have a less then 2 year old (20 months) VIKING 15 by 30 pool 4 weeks ago we took the cover off so our contractor could open the pool and found a 10 foot crack in the bottom of the pool(We have them open and close it every year). We called him immediately and sent pictures he said he was calling VIKING, a subcontractor has been out since quoting us a min of !0K to repair and informing us our finish is bad and almost a month later and my contractor and VIKING has offered me no solutions andI have a green swamp. A 50K hole in the ground makes me sick! What do you do? Not even a call back.
Posted @ Thursday, May 23, 2013 3:31 PM by Drew
We have a concrete pool that we had FibreTech overlay fiberglass 25+ years ago. It seems the Gelcoat is "powdering". My wife is a chemist and she makes sure the chemicals are correct, but after researching on the internet, I guess it's time to re-gelcoat. Where can I find a step by step guide to do this and what products do you recommend? 
I am a General Contractor/Industrial Painter. FibreTech would only send out a salesman to give me price for them to do it. I have read lots of HORROR stories about FibreTech,,I have been VERY happy with what they did,BUT that was 25 years ago, and they don't do that process any more.
Posted @ Friday, May 24, 2013 4:17 PM by Rick
We have a 18,000 gallon salt water rectangular fiberglass pool. We just bought the house and the age of the pool is atleast 15-18 years old. The left and right walls on each side are separated from the cement deck and a large bulge is present on one side and getting worse. You can visibly see standing water in between. What to do? Please help. Thank you.
Posted @ Monday, May 27, 2013 9:16 AM by Nikki
I was wondering if you have any experience with Sun Fiberglass Pools. I saw a few comments about Leisure Pools. Not sure if you've heard of Sun. Thank you!
Posted @ Thursday, May 30, 2013 5:46 PM by Anne
So what is the solution to the chalking on the sides of my fiberglass pool?
Posted @ Sunday, June 02, 2013 9:18 PM by wayne
I have a fiberglass pool and the sides and bottom are extemely powdery. I saw a post on here about this but never seen a solution posted. the pool is white also it does not appear to have a bottom drain. only skimmer.
Posted @ Wednesday, June 05, 2013 10:59 AM by Orlando
Avoid Artistic Development landscape construction in Michigan. They installed our Viking pool less then 2 years ago. In April we were having it opened and removed the cover to find out that we have a 12 foot split in the bottom of the pool and 6weeks after discovering it and notifying the owner of the company we sit with a 10k repair and he won't answer any calls. They open and close our pool. Your warranty is only as good as your contractors workmanship and ability to get them to answer their phones. Viking only covers the fiberglass. We have a 60k swamp in our yard. BEWARE Does anyone have any suggestions?.
Posted @ Wednesday, June 05, 2013 5:55 PM by Drew
We have a brand new Leisure Pools fibreglass pool that was installed late last summer. We have noticed a couple of white marks on the bottom of the pool in the deep end and today I noticed a few more small ones. Any ideas what they could be?
Posted @ Friday, June 07, 2013 4:30 PM by Sue
I have a fiberglass pool is about 7 years old and every time we go in the pool and we seat on the steps or rub agains the walls we get itchy when we get out. What do you recommend we do and who can we have it done by. I am in La Verne Caifornia. Thank you for taking the time to help me with this issue.
Posted @ Sunday, June 09, 2013 12:18 PM by Robert
I'm considering a fiberglass lap pool in my brand new home yard. I'm in Sacramento, Calfornia. Who would you recommend in my area? After reading all these issues, I'm a little concerned about getting a fiberglass pool now but think with the right builder, I'd have no problems. Right?
Posted @ Monday, June 10, 2013 5:22 PM by Lori
@Kelly, sorry you're dealing with this issue. Honestly, it all boils down to finding a reputable contractor who is willing to do the necessary repairs. I wish you the best of luck. 
 
@Drew, I feel for you my friend. This is a perfect example of why it is so important to work with the right contractor. Most cracks that occur during the winter months are due to a low water level in the pool. Sometimes this is from improper winterization where the company lowers the water level below the skimmer. Sometimes it results from a slow leak in the pool. It is critical that the pool stay full at all times, and that the pool is installed with every proper precaution to prevent leaks (this is why we developed Rhino Lock). Also, for those considering the purchase of a fiberglass pool, it's my opinion that pool surfaces that are composed of multiple layers are inferior and do break down prematurely. Every company now has available finishes that are applied in a single coat. They are far superior in that they are more easily repaired and last many many times longer. Drew, I'm truly sorry you're going through this and wish you the best.  
 
@Rick, sorry but I'm unfamiliar with FiberTech so I'm not much help there. 
 
@Nikki, unfortunately the only long term solution is to remove the decking and dig out the backfill from the side walls of the pool to remove the bulges and get them straight. What happened is the pressure from the saturated sand caused the side walls of the pool to push in and bulge. We also had this problem early on so we switched to gravel backfill and tied the pool shell to the patio to prevent these issues. This along with several other preventative measures has virtually eliminated all long term issues with our installations. I'm only sharing this because when other contractors embrace this methodology it will solve fiberglass pool issues on a large scale and prevent things like this from happening to good people like yourself. If you need anything else please feel free to contact me directly.  
 
@Wayne and Orlando, check out some earlier comments about chalking. It's basically due to improper catalyzation of white gelcote, or from applying it under less than ideal conditions. Modern fiberglass pool surfaces do not chalk so fortunately those with newer pools will not have to experience this.  
 
@Sue, these white marks could be from several things. First, if you added stabilizer to the water it could be stabilizer that solidified on the pool floor. You can remove that with what's called a stain eraser which is basically a giant pencil eraser that attaches to the end of your pole. Second, it could be spots where they touched up the pool before leaving the plant. The white would come from styrene which is a byproduct of glass work. This could be removed by power washing the pool with the pool full (like get in the water with the wand) or by using fine grit sand paper. Keep in mind that you doing any of this stuff will void your finish warranty so call Leisure pools directly and talk to them first. Hope this helps and good luck! 
 
@Robert, based on my experience the problem you're describing occurs in older white pools where the gelcote surface has eroded. The only solution I'm aware of if resurfacing the pool. I would check with someone in the marine industry who has experience with field fiberglass work.  
 
@Lori, if you get a quality pool installed by a quality builder and the pool is properly maintained you will not have the issues you've read about here. We have installed over 750 fiberglass pools over the past 12 years with tremendous success and have extremely happy customers. Great question!  
 
 
Posted @ Tuesday, June 11, 2013 11:14 AM by Jason Hughes
Aritstic Develovment installed our Viking pool they also are the ones who open and closed the pool. With the pool being less then 2years old Viking will come out and fix our 12 foot split at our expense. How can this be our fault and our expense? This sickens me it's going to be 60k by the time it's fixed and still have no warranty. BTW it's been sitting like this for two months now. Artistic Development is a thief. And they are still installing pools. Just saw him down the road installing one the other day. It's wrong.
Posted @ Tuesday, June 11, 2013 1:21 PM by Drew
What is the cut off year for purchasing a white fiberglass pool that won't chalk? Mine is from 2008.
Posted @ Sunday, June 16, 2013 4:07 PM by CF
We have a Leisure Riviera 34 and cannot get a good answer on the gallons of water it holds. Called the home office and got two different amounts. Do you know how many gallons they hold to middle of skimmer? Also, local pool supply store is not used to fiberglass pools and does not know what proper levels of ph, alkalinity, etc. Do you have this information posted or available? Thanks once again for your help.
Posted @ Sunday, June 16, 2013 9:02 PM by Alex
Hi, we just bought a foreclosure property with a one piece, white, fiberglass pool (our first pool). As it was neglected prior to the sale, and extremely green, we have siphoned the water out. I was planning to wash it with a pressure washer and a broom, but decided to google "cleaning fiberglass pools" and came upon your blog. The pool looks to be in good shape (though I can't really see it for all the algae). What cleaning method/products would you recommend?  
Thanks in advance for your reply. Laura
Posted @ Wednesday, June 19, 2013 7:20 PM by Laura
Hi, I have a fiberglass pool that is a year old and I have noticed three white round spots on he bottom approx 3 inches across. I think they are calcium burns that have turned the gel coat light blue color to white. What is the best way to go about getting this fixed? 
 
Many thanks  
 
Simon 
 
Charlotte North Carolina
Posted @ Saturday, June 22, 2013 6:25 PM by Simon Bridgland
We have a fiberglass play pool (deepest is 4 1/2 feet) about 35 years old. It has black patches that look like they're under the gel coat. It also has "bubbles" that pop, leaving a dark depression in the gelcoat. There are bulges in a couple of the walls and on one of the steps. The area around the pool enclosure is elevated with a retainer wall, and has a sand base. Will resurfacing help, should I worry about the bulges, and it is worth the expense for a pool this old? The pool in other ways is in good shape and the family really enjoys it in the Texas heat!
Posted @ Sunday, June 23, 2013 3:00 PM by Penny, Texas
Great repair advice. I this particular drain repair can sometimes be quite hard. If you need any help, I might be able to answer some questions. 
 
William|brothersplumbing.ca
Posted @ Monday, July 01, 2013 10:49 AM by Drain Repair in Toronto
Bubbles appeared on our fiberglass pool we had them sanded and resurfaced twice they still came back like black spots how can we fix this
Posted @ Monday, July 01, 2013 12:07 PM by Michael Scasny
I'm looking Installing a Fiberglass pool in Hutto TX and am not sure who to contact for this. I have a decent budget but want to make sure it done right. I have had doughboys & spas before but this is a whole new ball game. Any advice who to go to? Thanks
Posted @ Monday, July 01, 2013 5:24 PM by Kathi Smith
my fiberglass pool bottom is chipping in 3 inch peices I have tons of cracks and bubbles. we bought the house a year ago and had the pool inspecked but now the bottom is chipping and pealing . What can we do
Posted @ Saturday, July 06, 2013 3:11 PM by melissa
I have an older fiberglass, inground hot tub. on several parts of the walls, a black stain appears to be "dripping" down the sides. the stain comes off with hard scrubbing but always returns to the same spots a few days later. The spa doesn't appear to be leaking but what is this and how can it be rectified?
Posted @ Monday, July 08, 2013 8:58 AM by Mike Nelson
The hard water build up down here in Dallas, TX is so bad I have a triangular clog in almost all my drain. I use to be able to get them out myself but now I need a drain repair specialist to remove to triangular clogs. It's a disaster.
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Hello,  
On Aug. 9th of 2010 you commented to Swimberly about a pool problem she had during install; a structural crack in the deep end corner. Based on her description you guessed that her pool was a rectangular pool with an 8' deep end. We are considering a fiber glass pool and that is exactly the shape and depth we would like, with 40' length. Your response makes me wonder if this a bad decision?
Posted @ Tuesday, July 23, 2013 10:15 PM by Stephanie
I have a fiberglass pool in Bullhead City Az. and I would like to get it resurfaced. I cant seem to find anyone who does that. Any suggestions ? Thanks
Posted @ Sunday, July 28, 2013 6:26 PM by Dave
I have a Viking fiberglass pool. Its 5 years old and I love it. Its so clean my kids joke I have "Pool OCD". There are some very tiny spots developing, I can only say they look like rust spots. There are no leaves in the pool, we do not use any chemicals in the yard (yard is all rock here in the desert)..those are the two things the dealer asked me. They are the size of the tip of a pen, a few are a little larger, but more are showing up around the pool every week. Any ideas what it can be or how to get rid of?
Posted @ Thursday, August 08, 2013 12:37 PM by doris
I am purchasing a foreclosure with a fiberglass pool. The age of the house is 30 yrs old, however not sure about the pool. We noticed that the water level was very low along with it had not been cared for in over 3 years. It was very green so decided to start cleaning the pool and try shocking it clean. After realizing that there was trash and possible rocks at the bottom, we drained the pool. As the water was lowering, it was bubbling in several places. To our amazement, the previous owners used it as their trash dump, along with throwing clothes, diapers,tools, firewood and large pieces of concrete into the pool. Unfortunately, it has severe damage to the pool, anywhere from 3" to 3 ' cracks. As it was draining the sand was pouring out along with water that seeped behind the pool. It has been empty now for 4 days, we want it to dry out in the hopes that we can get it repaired. My husband knows how to fiberglass repair ( owns a auto body shop) . My concern is that it is bulging everywhere, all along the sides and in the middle of the pool. It is a very deep pool, and at the shallow end it bulges almost a foot where the sand has seeped out. Is there any hope for us to repair the pool. This extra expense was not in the budget.
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Posted @ Saturday, August 17, 2013 10:54 PM by PoolRenovation
We had our fiberglass pool resurfaced last year. The job was shotty and the surface did not set correctly. We are experiencing lots of itching after we swim. Is this a health problem? We plan to have the pool done correctly next year. Do you have any recommendations in the Gulfport, Ms. area? Thanks.
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Posted @ Wednesday, August 28, 2013 12:26 AM by Website now
I am thinking about purchasing a fiberglass pool. I live in Phoenix, AZ and was wondering if the dry heat will be a problem for these types of pools. If not, can you recommend the best pool dealer in this state?
Posted @ Thursday, September 05, 2013 6:34 PM by Roxane
Roxane, I live in Las Cruces, NM...almost but not quite as hot as Phoenix. Our Viking fiberglass pool is 5 years old, still perfect. runs great, looks great. Just be sure to get a cover. When we have dust storms (and yours are 10x worse) you need to have your pool covered. I would suggest getting a Mineral Springs system. Really keeps the pool sparkling and very very low maintenance.
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Posted @ Friday, October 11, 2013 10:51 AM by Harry @ www.emkinvest.com
We are getting a fiberglass inground pool installed next week and I'm concerned that it wont settle right or that the cement around the pool wont cure correctly. We live in Michigan about 1/2 north of Detroit and digging is expected to begin on October 21st. Should it be held off until the Spring or will the pool settle/cure correctly being November is just around the corner. Please advise. Thanks!
Posted @ Monday, October 14, 2013 9:08 PM by Mark
Mark,  
 
Great question. Assuming the pool is installed correctly you will have absolutely no issues with an October/November installation. I'm excited for you guys and wish you the best of luck!
Posted @ Tuesday, October 15, 2013 8:24 AM by Jason
I hired John Park with mid-atlantic pool pros. Couldn't get him to finish the job and it took a lot to get my material money back from him that he requested up front and still never got it all back. Internet is full of very interesting comments about him doing this to many people. Beware and do your research first. I'm another dissatisfied customer he has. Hope this help the next victim first.
Posted @ Wednesday, October 16, 2013 7:11 AM by Dana Henry
We had a Hatteras pool installed in a new home in 2005. Almost immediately we noticed flaws in the pool surface. On the walls, just at and slightly above the water line there were several spider cracks. The manufacturers representative claimed these were normal and the result of having to hit the mold with a hammer to get the pool out. The point at which the the pool floor and walls meet has a slight ridge as if the floor had been re-coated and there are thin spots on the floor wher the white is worn off and the fiberglass is visable. There have also been several chips which we have had repaired. It seems to us that these problems are the result of poor manufacturing. Is this normal and is there any way a pool can be re-coated?
Posted @ Friday, October 25, 2013 5:49 PM by Pat
Hi Pat,  
If standard white marine gel coat was used it's not unheard of for it to erode over time if it was not properly catalyzed or cured during manufacturing however improper maintenance of water chemistry can also cause it to wear prematurely. The modern gelcotes used by most manufacturers today do not have this problem. The spider cracks are a manufacturing issue and it's impossible to say about the "ridge" you speak of. But in the end, yes it is possible to have the pool re-coated. Sorry you're having these issues Pat and best of luck!
Posted @ Saturday, October 26, 2013 3:09 PM by Jason
Is it a requirement for the pipes of an in ground pool to be underground. Or is it acceptable to install pipes above ground for ease of maintenance ? We have a fiber glass pool
Posted @ Monday, October 28, 2013 9:02 AM by Nakari@washgas.com
Hi, I have a pool that's concrete covered with fiberglass in southern Ohio. I brought in folks to repair the fiberglass and it's all good except for 1 area where the water comes from the ground, through the cement, and we can't get the fiberglass to set up quickly enough to keep the water from seeping into the pool. I can't paint this area obviously. Any ideas on how to keep the water from coming thru the fiberglass long enough to allow the repair folks to seal it. I'm assuming once I put water in there, would keep the water from coming in. As it is now, they can't seal it due to the water and I can't paint it. There's no water lines in the area of the leak but we do live on a lake. Help!
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Posted @ Saturday, November 02, 2013 9:00 PM by Angeline
I have a vinyl pool that was built in the 1970's that has a step-in fiber glass spa. What is the best way to repaint the spa? This Wednesday they are draining the pool and dropping the liner Thursday. Please help. I live in Orange County Ca. Thank you for your time.
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Posted @ Friday, January 03, 2014 11:46 AM by supplement mixture
Great question. Assuming the pool is installed correctly you will have absolutely no issues with an October/November installation. I'm excited for you guys and wish you the best of luck!
Posted @ Tuesday, January 21, 2014 1:24 PM by Alarmsysteem
We are looking to replace our above ground pool that has a full deck on part of it and a small walk around deck, it is a 24 x 4 ft round pool that was damaged in a storm. Where do I go to find it? We live in Chillicothe, IL. Thanks for any help you can give me
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Posted @ Thursday, January 23, 2014 9:01 AM by Steentapijt
Great question. Assuming the pool is installed correctly you will have absolutely no issues with an October/November installation. I'm excited for you guys and wish you the best of luck!
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Posted @ Thursday, January 23, 2014 6:36 PM by Pool Service Pompano Beach
have a vinyl pool that was built in the 1970's that has a step-in fiber glass spa. What is the best way to repaint the spa? This Wednesday they are draining the pool and dropping the liner Thursday. Please help. I live in Orange County Ca. Thank you for your time.
Posted @ Friday, January 24, 2014 9:03 AM by Klinkerwerken
Hello ! I am planning to install a medium size pool. Will fiberglass be a better option than vinyl ? Any recommendation about which company does the best job in St Louis area in Missouri ? Thanks
Posted @ Friday, January 31, 2014 11:13 PM by Ruma
this past Sept 2013 I purchased a home with a large pool. The pool inspector said only cosmetic repairs were needed & we closed on the home. Currently I have had 3 quotes ranging from $6,000 - $25,000 to "Just cave the pool in". The pool is a massive 25k gallon 15feet wide 33ft long Tallman Conversion pool which was put in the 70s as a Fiberglass Pool. During the 80s the owner Converted the pool to the Vinyl Liner ontop of the fiberglass? The Shallow end is about 3.5ft and goes to the deep end of about 10ft. Literally the largest pool in a private homes backyard that any of the inspectors had seen!! From my research and pool inspections it seems that part of the Coping is pulling away which has revealed a steel frame underneath which appears to be rusting & Parts are in fact Flaking off the visible area I can see. Honestly caving in the pool is not an option for me because we are in Florida and bought the house specifically because we have children and it is my dream home for my children to grown up in (once the pool is completed). My husband and I have researched and planned on taking on the challenge with our friends & family over a long weekend. Any suggestions or Blogs/Links that maybe able to point me in a direction that I can research this further. I have pictures if needed my email is Kimberlena82@yahoo.com The Inspector specifically referenced the “Tallman Conversion” is what occurred on this pool if that helps at all. Thank you so much!!
Posted @ Tuesday, February 04, 2014 1:00 PM by Kimberly
Hi, We bought a home with a 30-year old fiberglass pool. It has had some patching (can tell from slight discolorations) and a couple small current leaks in the same area (all located near the plumbing). We have sandy soil(close to the beach) and I'm guessing they didn't use gravel back when it was installed. The local fiberglass restoration company said they can easily repair the new cracks and that the pool will survive another 5-7 years. The other reputable pool company says we should redo with something other than fiberglass (i.e. pebbletek) because it will handle the soil better, keep the pool warmer, etc. Since we are going to the expense of redoing the decking, coping and tile (for asethic reasons) should we just repair the cracks in the fiberglass? Or would we be better off redoing the whole thing?
Posted @ Wednesday, February 05, 2014 1:16 PM by Julie
Hello ! I am planning to install a medium size pool. Will fiberglass be a better option than vinyl ? Any recommendation about which company does the best job in St Louis area in Missouri ? Thanks
Posted @ Monday, February 10, 2014 8:20 AM by Sectionale poorten
BEWARE: John Park took my deposit of $16,000 and my sisters of $18,000. We have pressed charges and have filed a lawsuit against him. EXCUSES are his specialty. There is always someone having surgery, someone getting sick, etc. Every reason not to start my pool, and then to return our deposit. He is a con artist, and has done jail time for home improvement fraud. If you hear his name or Travis Brown. Run to your phone and call the police. He has over 10 warrants for his arrest for felony theft, home improvement fraud, and misappropriation of funds, he is on probation, and is still taking people's money. We need to find him because he can not continue to take advantage of innocent families.
Posted @ Monday, February 10, 2014 11:15 PM by Kelly
Hello ! I am planning to install a medium size pool. Will fiberglass be a better option than vinyl ? Any recommendation about which company does the best job in St Louis area in Missouri ? Thanks
Posted @ Thursday, February 20, 2014 7:01 AM by Prijzen airco
Hello ! I am planning to install a medium size pool. Will fiberglass be a better option than vinyl ? Any recommendation about which company does the best job in St Louis area in Missouri ? Thanks
Posted @ Monday, February 24, 2014 5:22 AM by Striptease
Hi, We bought a home with a 30-year old fiberglass pool. It has had some patching (can tell from slight discolorations) and a couple small current leaks in the same area (all located near the plumbing). We have sandy soil(close to the beach) and I'm guessing they didn't use gravel back when it was installed. The local fiberglass restoration company said they can easily repair the new cracks and that the pool will survive another 5-7 years. The other reputable pool company says we should redo with something other than fiberglass (i.e. pebbletek) because it will handle the soil better, keep the pool warmer, etc. Since we are going to the expense of redoing the decking, coping and tile (for asethic reasons) should we just repair the cracks in the fiberglass? Or would we be better off redoing the whole thing?
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Posted @ Thursday, March 06, 2014 10:27 AM by Sewer Cleaning Sunnyvale
Hi There, We currently have a concrete pool with a heat pump so that it sits at 32 degrees all year round. However, looking at a fibreglass pool for our new property, we also want to put a heat pump on it, but just wondering whether a fibreglass pool will retain the heat as well as a concrete pool will?
Posted @ Thursday, March 06, 2014 5:59 PM by Francine Elliott
Hello. We had a Lonestar Fiberglass Pool installed in August 13, about 7 months ago. Haven't had nothing but problems since. There is a leak, but the pressurized the lines and that checked out ok. They tore the trevatine decking up around the pool because it kept raising up 1/4 from the coping. That was in October. They replaced the skimmer, thinking that was the leak. It is still leaking. About an inch per day. I've done the bucket test several times. Currently, I am letting it go down without running the pump or adding water, keeping the bucket level with the pool. It has went down an inch a day lower than the bucket until the last couple days. Day before yesterday it slowed to 1/2 inch and now for two days it is even with the bucket. Which tells me it has leaked past the leak point. The level is above all the lights and suction, exhaust lines. Which tells me that it is possible the fiberglass above where the line is now. However, my pool installer can't seem to find the leak. I'm about fed up with the whole process. Any ideas? 
Posted @ Friday, March 07, 2014 12:26 PM by Cal Lambert
I bought a home 2 years ago that has a salt water, fiberglass pool. Last fall, it developed a leak, there are no cracks in the fiberglass, and I let the water leak down to about 2 1/2 feet (the pool is a little over 4 feet deep). Where do I go from here?
Posted @ Thursday, March 20, 2014 5:47 PM by Mike
@Francine,  
There will not be any difference in temperature between fiberglass and concrete. Hope that helps! 
 
@Cal,  
Leaks can definitely be tricky. But just because the leak stopped at that point doesn't mean you've reached the leak point. It could be that the water inside the pool and the water around the outside of the pool may have equalized. There are companies that specialize in leak detection...I would go that route. American Leak Detection is one found throughout the country. Good luck! 
 
@Mike,  
First thing is to not leave the water level down that low unless you are 100% sure there is no water around the outside of the pool (and with a leak there probably is). If the pool has leaked down below the return jets and lights, the leak has to either be in the fiberglass shell itself or the main drains if you have them. If there's a leak in the pool shell it will be obvious if the water is clear. If it's the main drains, it's likely leaking around the fittings. This can be fixed with "pool putty" which is a two part epoxy. Hope this helps Mike, good luck!
Posted @ Friday, March 21, 2014 2:08 PM by Jason
We have a three year old Leisure Riviera 34 that developed what appears to be scale deposits thus year. We noticed the buildup at end of season and now that the pool is low from no use over winter any area not under water has white spots all over up to where water line normally is. Tried cleaning off and it us really on there. What product would you recommend to put in pool to loosen calcium build up? Also, what chemical imbalance may have caused it? Thanks for your help!
Posted @ Sunday, April 20, 2014 10:12 PM by Alex
bought a home 2 years ago that has a salt water, fiberglass pool. Last fall, it developed a leak, there are no cracks in the fiberglass, and I let the water leak down to about 2 1/2 feet (the pool is a little over 4 feet deep). Where do I go from here?
Posted @ Wednesday, April 23, 2014 4:35 PM by Dating
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Posted @ Saturday, April 26, 2014 10:16 PM by Dana Henry
Anyone scammed by JOHN PARK should contact local law enforcement and file charges ASAP. Your law enforcement officer should file a Detainer on John Park. This forces him to stay in jail and be transfered to your location after he serves for each count in each state. Don't let someone else get scammed by this man! File charges. He is currently at the Johnson County Sheriff Office in Indiana as an inmate. The number is 317-736-9155.
Posted @ Wednesday, April 30, 2014 2:55 PM by Lori McDonald
Ihave a fiberglass pool that is at less30 years old.We are the original owner in the last 3 years because I have got older and can't keep it clean and can't afford a pool man it look a swamp. I'am think of selling the house and would like to know if it would be better to have it take out or refurbish it would cost more to take it out or refurbish. thank you in Memphis tn
Posted @ Wednesday, May 07, 2014 4:06 PM by susan
I have a white chalky scale on the walls of my fiberglass pool. What is it and how to get rid of it?
Posted @ Wednesday, May 14, 2014 1:29 PM by Steve Andridge
We have the same problem with chalky scale on the walls of the fiberglass pool. It cannot be removed. Our pool maintenance guy said it had bleached out. In the meantime they sent a crew over to sand the fiberglass. But that was it. Nothing more was done. Now we have a pool filled with water with unsightly marks throughout. Shouldn't they have done more than sand it? Eager for some feedback. Thank you.
Posted @ Monday, May 19, 2014 10:34 AM by Nicholas Moore
Hi, we have a San Juan pool that is about 25 years old and needs to be re gelcoated. Is that something we can do ourselves, or do you recommend a professional pool company? We do have black marks from our creepy crawley and a small amount of spidering and a couple of holes. Any suggestions? We are in Missouri 63122 Area. Any help is appreciated
Posted @ Thursday, May 22, 2014 4:15 PM by Cindy
What an Informative blog,keep up the good work!Any advice on the best place to find an above the ground pool in So Cal? Looking to go half in, and half above the ground with a deck.
Posted @ Sunday, May 25, 2014 8:52 AM by Isolatie spouwmuur
I'm having a new liner put in a 16x32 above ground pool with deck all the way around. I'm having to spend $3000 to have it installed professionally. (I Hope)!! That only includes the extended liner, coping strips, new face plate for skimmer and labor. Isn't that a bit MUCH?
Posted @ Sunday, May 25, 2014 8:58 AM by Huis kopen
I have just had a new skimmer installed in my fiberglass pool. They drained the pool enough to have room to cut a larger hole to fit the new part. After they left I noticed there were particles floating in the water. Will this cause skin irritation? I am concerned I may not be able to skim out all of the fiberglass particles.
Posted @ Saturday, June 21, 2014 5:00 PM by Sarah Horton
I have a fiberglass pool that I've had for almost 20yrs. I've notice that when I brush the sides a white cloud appears and the sides feel alittle rough, also have problem with high metal readings. I'm wondering if the gel coat is wearing out,could that happen and what would I do to fix this? Thanks
Posted @ Sunday, June 22, 2014 8:52 AM by kevin
I've been wanting to redo my pool with fiberglass. I think it would make the backyard look better. I thought maybe we could do it while were on vacation for a week. That way when we get back the kids can use it again! 
 
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Posted @ Monday, June 30, 2014 7:03 PM by tara
have a fiberglass pool that I've had for almost 20yrs. I've notice that when I brush the sides a white cloud appears and the sides feel alittle rough, also have problem with high metal readings. I'm wondering if the gel coat is wearing out,could that happen and what would I do to fix this? Thanks
Posted @ Wednesday, July 02, 2014 9:58 AM by Ramen en Deuren Limburg
I have just had a new skimmer installed in my fiberglass pool. They drained the pool enough to have room to cut a larger hole to fit the new part. After they left I noticed there were particles floating in the water. Will this cause skin irritation? I am concerned I may not be able to skim out all of the fiberglass particles.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 02, 2014 10:05 AM by PVC ramen Leuven
what product do you recommend to clean stains and rough finish on good fiberglass walls underneath, tried everything I could think of including comet, bowl cleaner, clr, etc. pool is a san juan and a salt water pool, no chalking jusy staining and rough finish over fiberglass wall. 
tks 
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Posted @ Sunday, July 06, 2014 10:15 AM by bernie
Hi...We have a Fiberglass Salt water pool. We are having a problem with small black spots all over. We have had the water tested numerous time and added all of the suggested chemicals etc. The spots do not go away. They are no bigger than a pencil eraser. I have tried scrubbing them off...and the surface black will come off, but, there is still a tiny black spec left and it just gets bigger again. Most of them wont scrub off at all. There are hundreds of them. We have had the pool five years and this just started last summer. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank You
Posted @ Wednesday, July 09, 2014 2:19 PM by Teri Holland
I had a Tallman pool installed and was told at the time of the installation that the pool was purchased from another pool distributor that had gone out of business. The previous owner of the pool had sprayed the inside of the pool with a clear coating that was assumed to be for protection. As soon as water was added to the pool, a brown discoloring occurred. The pool has been pressure washed and the sides scraped with a plastic scraper to try and remove as much of the plastic coating as possible. When treated with Jacks Magic, the stain dissappears for a few days and then reappears. I believe the stain is now embedded in the gel coat. Do you think the pool needs to have a new gel coat applied or can you make any recommendations? Thank you.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:35 PM by Greg Jones
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Anyone contacted by a man named John Park should run! Since last year I have had homeowners from Louisiana, Florida, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio contact me. ALL of these people had been scammed by John Park - some for thousands and thousands of dollars. Since he has been in jail he has his girlfriend Brandi Swango setting up the scams to put in or repair pools, taking people's deposits and running! I will be glad to provide anyone with his probation office's contact information and the detective with the Louisiana state police for you to contact. I can be reached at 318 -791-2424.
Posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 1:31 PM by Lori McDonald
Lori, 
You forgot Virginia! 
He owes plenty of people here also...
Posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 1:59 PM by Brad Martin
You can do regular cleaning of the Pool as the people can drop anything in the Pool which can pollute the water. Also do check whether the Pool Parts are working properly like filter, heat pump, cleaner, etc are working properly or not.
Posted @ Saturday, July 26, 2014 3:53 AM by jhonson smith
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Posted @ Wednesday, July 30, 2014 1:40 AM by Alex Irvine
I have a cement pool that was recoated with fiberglass about 10 years ago. No one has wanted to swim in it for the last couple of years because they get a fiberglass rash everytime they sit on the side or steps. How can this be fixed?
Posted @ Thursday, July 31, 2014 2:55 PM by Karen Hover
I have a fiberglass pool and for the last 3 years it has been developing a bulge outward in the bottom. It is now about 3inches lower than the rest of the bottom. I am sure if this keeps up it will crack. What can I do? 
 
Posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 7:40 AM by glen
My sister had her fiberglass pool resurfaced and did 
a dark blue color. after about a week the color 
started showing white blemishes all over the bottom and 
steps. It looks like someone took a paintbrush and  
splashed white paint everywhere. The company came out 
months later and resurfaced and put another new 
gel coat using a different brand, within 4 days the pool 
looked like someone took a paint roller and rolled white 
paint . We can scratch the white off with a fingernail, it feels  
gummy. water tests fine. were ready to take them to court. 
any suggestions to what this company is doing wrong??
Posted @ Monday, September 01, 2014 4:23 PM by steve webb
We purchased a house 7 years ago with a concrete pool with fiberglass walls, which was installed in the mid 80s. The concrete floor seems to be in great shape (except for chipping paint). However, the narrow deck is shifting, causing uneven concrete and coping (fiberglass?) to pull away from deck. Additionally, the fiberglass panels are blistering. We have about 5 panels that have several blisters (like 20+), most of which are quarter size or smaller. Some of the concrete deck is also sounding hollow which makes me think it is getting past time to think of repairing/replacing it. No leaks that I am aware of. My questions are: 1) how much of a problem is the blistering? 2) Is the hollow-ness causing major problems under the deck and therefore the pool walls? And also could you comment on the priority of repairs and any suggestions on companies that do quality repairs...here's the kicker...we are in Nebraska. :) 
THANKS!
Posted @ Tuesday, September 16, 2014 12:40 PM by Janelle
John Park has been extradited back to Louisiana and will be facing charges in multiple parishes. Mine being Ouachita Parish! If you want him served with something or need to notify your local law enforcement of his whereabouts contact the Ouachita Parish Sheriff Department in Louisiana. You can view his complete booking at their website.
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