We bought the house last year, neither one of us had owned a pool before. The pool is an older style, concrete basin, Steel panel sides. It is around 30x18 in the shape of two ovals. The deeper part is 8.5' and the shallow is about 4'. The pool had some repair work done to it before we took ownership, they sandblasted, ground out some cracks in the concrete basin, and had one of the walls patched. I didn't find out until much later that this meant, one of the walls had collapsed, flooded our neighbors yard... They had it repaired as cheaply as possible and the previous owners painted it themselves. Super.
After the pool was full, we noticed that rust was coming through the paint. Then we noticed that water really wasn't circulating, lots of algae. Then I noticed that the two holes look like they have been skimmed over with plaster, two return jet holes. Wow, this pool has allot of stories.
Here are some pictures.
In this photo you can see the rust and the patched up hole where the return jet used to be.
Here is a link to a huge photohttp://i.imgur.com/ojnmK.jpg
1. Am I correct in assuming that eventually the steel will rust out and collapse the pool?
2. Is there a product that will stop the rust bleeding through the paint? Can the steel panel be ground out and replaced, replastered and painted in a patchwork? Cause I am handy as ****.
3. What is a two year solution? A vinyl liner?
4. In a longer term solution, is it possible to replace the return jets?
I got issues folks. Thanks in advance for your help.