We have been home owners for 2 years. Pool was put in 1998. Pool was inspected prior to move in. Pool is surrounded by a huge and wonderful decking system. We noticed this year that two walls have moved and are out of plum. The top is starting to go towards the water slightly on two sections of the oval pool. We had a very harsh winter and thought ice might have gotten in between the pool decking and pool railings causing pressure???
Had a pool company (Aquatics) come and look at it today. I was not home when he got here but his comments are concerning and alarming. NEW POOL!!
He suggested speaking to someone else because he was not the right person for the job because he doesnt deal with pools that would fit our footprint/need (more on that below) the pool is surrounded with decking. The process would not be cheap cause it would be more labor intensive due to the decking. He guessed about $10K.
The Good: walls are in good condition and not bowing, upright supports excellent condition, filtration totally fine and working well.
The BAD: rotting bottom track or missing track. He said the only thing holding up the pool (in his opinion) was the top rails. He would not swim it. He would look to drain it as soon as possible so it did not become a liability. THAT's frightening!
1. The bottom track has rotted away and is missing in certain areas causing the issue with the walls.
2. The bottom floor in that area: the linear has started to depress. Note: we had a hole form in the area that we fixed that was the size of an eraser head on a pencil.
3. we have a flat plate pool. Loop lock cover. Dimension in the signature below.
4. He noticed some other movements under the decking suggesting the harsh winter and freeze/thawing played a role and said we were lucky it didn't blow out during this winter.
5. He said he would be very careful even vacuuming in and around the area in question because if the linear hits the rotted track metal or other sharp objects it will blow.
6. He really didn't think the pool was fixable. He said certainly when it was drained we could determine that but he suspected we might uncover other problems (such as pitting on the walls?).
I didn't want to do too much disturbing but I can see where the tracking is crumbled verses where it is whole on the sections in question.
Does this seem reasonable?
Can you fix bottom tracks with pools filled? Can bottom tracks be replaced after pool is drained?
Should I be draining the pool immediately?
What is a flat plate pool? Is this good? Do we replace with the same thing? Can it be replaced with another type?
What questions should I be asking of someone looking at it for another opinion?
Unfortunately we may not be in a position to replace the pool at a $10K price tag....we weren't really looking for a house with a pool but have enjoyed it. It doesn't get a ton of use. We only have one teen at home for 2 more years and another in college....ugghhh, just when I started figuring out this stuff!