I bought a home in Los Angeles in 2011 with a large roughly 20x40 1957 pool. We've since upgraded the pool pump/ DE Filter and above ground plumbing. Now it's time to re-plaster and re-tile. We also requested a quote to jack hammer out and replace the skimmer since it's got fist-size holes in the gunite within the skimmer. I plugged up the skimmer holes with epoxy-putty 2 summers ago and it's held up well. No leaks that I have noticed are coming from the pool.
I know the underground plumbing is all the original copper plumbing. Our entire pool deck is concrete so it would require a lot of jack hammer work to get to the plumbing. We are already stretching our budget to do the plaster/tile and skimmer. Adding new PVC plumbing to replace the copper plumber would put us over-budget when we have lots of other practical things to do to the house like new roof and windows ect.
Is it fine to hold off on replace the copper plumbing? Or would it cost A LOT more to do it later on it's own? If it starts to leak later will I need to drain the pool AGAIN to address the plumbing issue? I'm concerned due to the upcoming new water restrictions with drought-stricken CA.
Our pool guy hasn't given us an estimate on the job yet.. but he wasn't planning on doing the plumbing... He just kinda went.. "Hmmm.. 50+ year old copper plumbing... yeah".