In an effort to achieve the dream of pool ownership some Toronto homeowners fall for rock bottom prices offered by less than properly qualified pool builders. As a result their dream of summertime fun often turns into a prolonged nightmare of repairs, downtime and in some cases, legal action. While it’s understandable that people would want to take advantage of what seems like a good deal you need to keep in mind that these less-qualified, discount builders are in business to make money, so they’ll need to cut corners somewhere in order to guarantee a profit on the job. As labour is one of their biggest costs they’ll likely rush through the project to meet some internally imposed deadline you’re not aware of and make a rash of mistakes as a result.
Common Blunders of Unqualified Pool Builders
Common construction mistakes can shorten the life of your pool by years. If the company building your pool is rushing because they underbid the project and/or they just don’t know what they’re doing you’re likely to experience one of the following:
- A poorly situated pool: Unqualified pool builders are often unaware of some of the fine points of properly locating a pool. They don’t bother to study the yard before showing up to start excavation. One common mistake of this type is locating the pool too close to trees. As a result leaves, twigs, bird dropping, branches and more wind up in the pool creating the need for an extraordinary amount of maintenance. Your filters may also wind up getting overworked which will shorten their lifespan.
- A pool with no proper drain: Every inground pool needs a main drain at the lowest point of the deep end. This drain works in concert with the skimmer to circulate water and keep the pool clean. We’ve seen examples where unqualified builders, unaware of how important the main drain is (and usually in an attempt to save money), installed a fake drain that doesn’t go anywhere. It’s only later when their pool isn’t staying clean that the homeowner realizes something is wrong.
- Mismatched equipment: Different pool sizes contain different volumes of water. As such they require different sized equipment in order to properly circulate and filter the water. Less qualified pool builders are often unaware of how to determine the proper equipment for a given pool and simply select the cheapest thing they can get their hands on. However, a tiny pump or a filter that’s too small for a large pool will result in poor water circulation and chronic issues trying to keep the pool clean.
- Leaks: Leaks are not uncommon in pools installed by less qualified builders and they’re no laughing matter. If enough water leaks into the ground around the pool that ground could begin to subside which could destabilize the entire pool. Fixing underground leaks can be a very expensive and time consuming process and good luck trying to get the original installer to perform those repairs in a timely and proper manner.
A pool can elevate the experience of everyone in your home and provide years of enjoyment and wonderful memories. Or it can be an expense and experience you’d rather forget. In no small part which one it turns out to be is determined by who you have install your pool. If you hire M.E. Contracting, the Toronto area’s most experienced and trusted pool builders, you can look forward to years of fun in the sun. If you entrust the building of your pool to some unknown company that’s offering cutthroat prices things could get ugly in a hurry.